Today is The Philippines’ Independence Day!
Like in many countries in the world, local commemorations will be underway in several parts of the archipelago. People of all walks in life will try to remember all the heroes who sacrificed their lives fighting for our freedom.
But, what does it really mean to be an independent nation? Has the common folk on the street learned of its true significance to himself?
Yes, independence is always equated to freedom. Walking freely on the streets, free to speak responsibly, free to practice one’s religion, and most of all, free to breathe the air.
Yet, when the government that is supposed to govern the people and its bureaucracy to serve with utmost dedication fail their responsibilities, does that mean we, the masses, are being shortchanged? Our independence from corruption and other nefarious activities of those we elected and those they appointed is being stolen from us. Our independence becomes an empty rhetoric.
Technology helps us discover the crooked ways of those shenanigans in power. On the same level, the same wicked functionaries use the media to overpower our independence to weed them out of office. The ever-continuing battle for the truth is hampered by enacted laws by the same notorious crowd of self-serving individuals.
We are defeated. We are lost. Indirectly, we helped them reached the positions they are occupying now. We let them lulled us into indifference, patronizing our most mundane interests in self-promotion in social media circles and other networking sites. We gave them the independence to fool us at any given time, citing national security that best serves us all to protect our so-called freedoms.
We are to blame because we, who have the real power for change, shirked our duties to prevent evil entities to make a mockery of our cherished dreams. We let ourselves down.
Is there still hope?
Every day is a chance. In every small way, we can overcome our failures to unite. For every good deed as an upright and model citizen, we will infect the bad people with the positive virus. Every one of them will eventually join us in our crusade for a better world.
Utopia, they said, is a figment of our imagination. Can’t we claim a lesser state, more realistic but peaceful than today’s chaotic world?
I believe we can.