Be the Change
It is a disheartening fact that I live in a country where people belittle themselves when it comes to their ability to create change. It is even more disheartening that in times of distress, the Filipino people choose to not rise up and use their countless God-given rights as means of empowerment.
These rights, which people of several countries envy, are more than enough to bring our ailing country an alleviation. Yet most individuals use these rights not for the good of our nation, but rather to violate Her constitution.
But what irks me most about the country is how often we ignore simple rules. No jaywalking should mean no jaywalking. When the stop light is red, there shouldn’t even be a single vehicle crossing that white line. No littering should mean just that. And is it really that difficult to find a restroom, that we (and some women for that fact) just decide to urinate at whatever wall, post, or open canal we see? Maybe it’s because we have to pay to even just use public restrooms right? And when walking on the streets, is it too much to ask for an “excuse me” instead of bumping and shoving without the “I’m sorry” afterwards? I know a lot of you know what I’m talking about. And I’m not trying to make generalizations, but let’s face it, we as a people are not disciplined.
However, this is merely my own opinion. This opinion does not apply to all Filipinos, as attested by the fact that a small handful of individuals wholeheartedly understand the true meaning of being united in progress. This small handful of individuals understand the current status of our country and have a full grasp on the proper ideals and morals of a tried nation. This group of open-minded and logical Filipinos possess the thinking, which the country needs in order to lift her out of darkness.
Most Filipinos say, “we want change.” Even more Filipinos shout, “we need change!” Yet in the face of adversity, the Filipino people fail in exercising their rights and just say, “we can’t.” The ideal Filipino would neither say nor shout about the change they wish to see, but rather would simply go out and do something about it.
Everyone knows that change is inevitable. However, it requires the proper “push” in order to get the ball rolling, so-to-speak. The concepts that change is hard to come by and that change is too big of a task to be accomplished by just one individual, are certainly false misconceptions.
Every person has the willpower to initiate a complete social transformation, one small step at a time. Each step may be something simple, or each step may be a bit more complex. But our country and its people cannot afford to be any more complacent than it already is. We are on the brink of complete underachievement on a global scale; a rather embarrassing fact given the number of resources our country possesses.
Be proactive, be responsible, and be an advocate for social change.
For every occasion that you walk past a homeless man, ignore that small piece of trash, forget to say excuse me, please and thank you… you undervalue the power of small acts of kindness. And ultimately, you undervalue your own capability of inspiring change.
The idea of creating a change does not always have to start on a large scale. The small spark of hope in each individual, is more than enough to ignite and rekindle the social flame of empowering the masses. It is within these small acts of kindness wherein we, as a society, can lighten the burden of our fellow Filipinos, even for just a brief moment.
I am no one special, I’m not famous or rich or whatever, so I certainly do not have much of an influence on the entire country. But if there’s something I do possess, is that I have the drive and the passion of wanting to see any sort of improvement in this country. Whether it be in the quality of life, the governance of our democracy, or even the rise of our economy.
This is the land of my ancestors and my current home. I cannot stand on the sidelines and watch it be put to waste by its very own people. Even if I may be young and just a mere student, I will do all I can to empower my generation in working towards social change. It isn’t just the country’s future at stake, but rather my entire future as well.
It’s high time to let your voice be heard. It has been long overdue for the people to finally wake up and realize that the government cannot face the challenges of the nation on its own. Every effective governing body in the international scene has loyalty and active participation from the governed. Because ultimately, the people are the ones who rule themselves and have the power to lead the country.
I still have high hopes for this country and I have complete faith to its people. I look forward to the day when the country can once again stand among the elites of the world and wear its colors high and proud. And I certainly look forward to the day when I can honestly and shamelessly say that I love this country and I am proud to be a Filipino.