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δ=I think I’m a positive and life-affirming person.
In my mind, everybody can reach nearly every goal, in case he/she really believes in it. You just need a great portion of staying power, motivation, and enthusiasm .
♠I also believe that I’m patient and relatively calm - in the past, this wasn’t necessarily the case but certain events in my life changed this behavior. Even so, sometimes I still can be very quick-tempered.
δApart from that, I’m curious and therefore I get relatively easy enthusiastic about certain ideas, things, etc. I also do not shrink back from challenges - on the contrary, most of the time I love to accept challenges.
Although I’m able to be spontaneous, I rather prefer to think over certain things in advance. Therefore, I sometimes have the problem of racking my brain over things, which do not occur in the end. But meanwhile, I’m working on this “problem”.
Φ=I’m very reliable -
if I promise something I’ll keep it. That’s why I can’t stand unreliable persons - if he/she is not able to hold onto things promised, then he/she should not promise anything.
So, that’s all I want to give away ....Anything not worth doing, is worth not doing.
Yes, that moment when you submit your last paper as an undergraduate student. Too funny, I made it happen through a means I have learned to dislike over the years–cramming. But fine, I got no choice. Or maybe it was just meant to be? Well, I also crammed my very first essay as an undergrad. So, was it something to tie that up?
Whatever. What matters is, it’s already done. Now I just have to submit my thesis and boom! Sem’s over. Undergrad’s over.
It’s election season once again and let me begin this letter by complementing all of you on your beautiful faces plastered around the city, or rather, the entire country. Don’t get me wrong, I am being sincere, you all look great. The beautiful, cascading, curly hair, the flawless gluta-white skin, and the teeth fit for a toothpaste commercial give me something new to look at, divert my attention from old, worn-out street lamps, weak electric posts, dirty foot bridges and puddled sidewalks.
You are all probably in different provinces as you read this, going around telling the masses of your platforms if elected into office. You’re probably tired. You’re probably sick of wearing the same colors day in and day out. You’re probably missing your family. You’re probably missing out on birthdays, graduations and Easter celebrations. You’re probably shaking hands with people whose names you won’t remember tomorrow. You’re probably not eating well. You’re probably not sleeping well. You’re probably really exhausted with this campaign period. And with all this, you probably want time to stop, just for a moment to allow you to breathe, for you to take in everything happening and to motivate you to carry on once again—but, you know it won’t. You know it can’t stop for you. There are more people to reach, there are more voters to win over. So you probably tell yourself, this is for the people. Your blood, sweat, and tears is for the country of the Philippines. After all, if seated in office, you will surely immerse yourself in public service and aim to better the quality of the lives of millions of impoverished Filipinos. And you probably take consolation at this thought. And at the end, you convince yourself that all this effort is for your country anyway, so it’s all worth it.
I honestly believe that all of you are motivated with the idea of serving our country. It’s the strength you use to carry on with this electoral race. As cliché as it sounds, it’s true, right? Most readers probably won’t believe me but I highly doubt corruption and greed is your number one inspiration to run – well at least, not yet, the story changes when temptation is laid out in front of you when you’re actually in position. However, this is not what I’d like to talk to you about; you’ve probably heard that argument in articles published long before this. This letter won’t also be about political dynasties, nor will it also be about a criticism on personality politics and the weird political party system of the country. This won’t be a letter of criticism at all. What use is it to criticize what’s already present, existing and never ceasing, as much as I would like to fight these issues, I believe it won’t take me too far as father and son tandems are already going around the country, as your faces are already plastered around the city and as some candidates are members of two political parties at the same time. But allow me to work with the current landscape of Philippine elite politics. Let’s admit it, 99.9 percent of you are members of the elite class, you all probably have a car, you probably go home to a gated house, you probably have maids ready to address your basic needs, you probably have children in private or international schools, and you probably have your own pieces of luxury items. Again, I’m not going to criticize, it’s fine. It’s fine if you live this way. Who am I to judge you? I will not condemn you for living such lifestyle. I just wanted to ground these assumptions so that we’re on the same page.
I’ve already used the word “probably” 21 times from the beginning. You might have been annoyed or judged me for my lack of a more diverse knowledge of words. The reason why I kept on using the word “probably” was because I was describing your life, a life foreign to me, no matter how much I imagine what your lives as candidates are, I will never be able to know what it is like to be a politician. I can use my imagination and sympathize, but I can never empathize. The same goes for you when you are elected. You are obliged to voice out the problems of millions of poor Filipinos, and let’s admit, your way of living is quite far from their own. You will probably use the word “probably” as well in describing their lives. “Probably they have nothing to eat,” “Probably they’re hopeless,” “Probably they’re not educated.” To a certain degree, you have an idea of their situation, as much as I had an idea of your situation in describing your lives earlier. But this is not enough. As their representatives who hold great power in the government, why not better the service you can offer by doing more research. And I’m not talking about statistics, but this is my proposal to all of you; to understand their conditions better by immersing yourself into their lives.
Keep the fancy suits for a day and wear a typical pair of jeans and a shirt. Go around your city and commute, disguise yourself not to attract attention. Ride a jeep or ride the MRT and understand how cramped it gets during rush hour and the problems of the transportation system. Eat in a carinderia along the streets and see the food quality served to majority of the Filipinos. Eat there and listen to the problems of the construction workers on a table next to you. Line up in government agencies without the VIP treatment and feel the inefficiency of some offices in giving simple documents. Have something treated in a public hospital and experience the kind of service of a public institution. Just for a day, live the life of majority of the Filipinos and you’ll get a better perspective of their problems. Be one with the Filipino people.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a sadist who wants to make it tough on you but I just want you to open your eyes to our realities. To the realities you may not have been seeing. Do not separate your lives to theirs. Do not rely on assumptions or create their stories in your minds and merely sympathize and speak on podiums on their behalf. If you dare speak on their behalf make sure you know what you’re talking about. They say experience is the best teacher, then go and do this research. Certainly doing this for a day will not give you absolute knowledge on their conditions but it can give you a better insight on the public you’ll be working for, on the society you’ll be serving.
So before this campaign ends, go and walk the streets of your city, pay attention to the worn-out street lamps, weak electric posts, dirty foot bridges and puddled sidewalks. See the things you never saw before living in your elite world. See this, feel this, experience this because this is the Philippines. The majority does not live as comfortably as you but they most certainly deserve a life as comfortable as yours. Go out and do your research so that when you’re finally elected, your face plastered around the city will be the face to change and answer these problems.
I’m so blessed to have so many wonderful people in my life. I’m about to shed a tear or two :’D
Dapat yung kaya at handang manindigan para sa karapatan ng mga pag-asa ng bayan.