True change in RP comes only from God PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 04 June 2016 11:47



LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…`Apart from me you can do nothing’…” (Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, in John 15:5, the Holy Bible).

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THE KING WHO HAD NO CLOTHES: I believe it is now appropriate, perhaps for the benefit of everyone, to re-state the story of the king who believed that everything he was saying and doing were correct, even if it did not reflect reality.

Here is a part of that story from Wikipedia: “A vain Emperor who cares about nothing except wearing and displaying clothes hires two weavers who promise him the finest, best suit of clothes from a fabric invisible to anyone who is unfit for his position or `hopelessly stupid’.

“The Emperor’s ministers cannot see the clothes themselves, but pretend that they can for fear of appearing unfit for their positions and the Emperor does the same. Finally the weavers report that the suit is finished, they mime dressing him and the Emperor marches in procession before his subjects.

“The townsfolk play along with the pretense, not wanting to appear unfit for their positions or stupid. Then a child in the crowd, too young to understand the desirability of keeping up the pretense, blurts out that the Emperor is wearing nothing at all and the cry is taken up by others. The Emperor suspects the assertion is true, but continues the procession.”

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FILIPINOS ARE IN A PRETENDING MODE: Why am I bringing this up at this point? The reason is that, like the officials and subjects of the Emperor in the story, all of us seem to have started to pretend likewise that everything that is happening now are okay, and are acceptable, because they are protrayed as necessary ingredients of the promise to bring about the change that Filipinos hoped for ever so fervently in the last few days.

And so, all so suddenly, all of us have accepted rudeness in public, and cursing and mouthing invectives as a part of our everyday language, whether in public or in private. All of us now appear amused, instead of being indignant, at previously-frowned upon behaviors such as sexual harassment, done in public yet, with full media coverage.

And, suddenly, it has become okay to threaten everyone suspected of a crime with death. Observance of Constitutional guarantees, particularly of the guarantee of due process, seems passé or has gone out of fashion at this point, as long as it is done against persons accused of a crime.

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TRUE CHANGE IN RP COMES ONLY FROM GOD: The question now is, where would all these lead us to? I don’t know about you, dear readers, but I am uncomfortable with what is happening. Maybe, like what President Aquino and Mar Roxas and the other Liberal Party members did the other day, it is truly the time to be singing our songs.

For me though, the song I wish to sing, and, maybe, the song that President Duterte should be singing, too, goes something like this: “It’s a time to change ourselves and show the world, that we still truly care for each other…if we must change our ways, call on God for our guide…” The title of this song is “Time to Change”.

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