Thursday, March 23, 2006

Making a different mark

This is a reaction to Conrado de Quiros' article Courage published on March 23, 2006.

He was right when he said that the older generations 'always talk of how the youth of today will one day make their mark on society' but 'never talk about how society will one day make its mark on the youth of today.'

But this concern is not only true for young professionals and this batch of graduates. The society is already making its mark on successive generations of young Filipinos long before college graduation.

We have already seen how the generations of youth before us, idealistic and full of vigor then, were disillusioned by harsh realities of life and have chosen to leave the country for good. Some, who then were victims of an uneven playing field in which politics operate, succumbed to promises and perks of 'good life' and became part of the same cruel system. Others, meanwhile, opted to stay here but became the leading cynics to any possibility of change in the present order.

Yet more alarming is the kind of mark that this society, run like hell by the current government, is impressing on the youth, and even on the children of this generation. The kind of values that the government has been inculcating in the minds of today's youth is slowly sealing the same fate that has befallen our predecessors.

Slowly, we are being trained to be the inheritors of a political culture where cheating, lying and stealing are considered as the norm - a brand of politics that goes against any acceptable standard of morality.

Today's generation is being nurtured in an atmosphere of fear and lawlessness and is indoctrinated of the culture of impunity and violence. It is an environment operating on twisted concepts of democracy and justice, where dissent is a crime and peaceful assemblies and the exercise of other democratic rights are considered as rebellion.

But we have a choice - either we follow the same path our predecessors have taken or dare to walk on a different path and advocate for genuine change.

At this critical juncture in history when democratic institutions and processes are manipulated and civil liberties and basic rights curtailed, silence and indifference are the only things needed by evil to fully triumph.

"The question 'Kung walang kikilos, sino ang kikilos? Kung di ngayon, kalian pa?,' which former Philippine Collegian editor in chief Abraham 'Ditto' Sarmiento posed more than thirty years ago, continue to summon today's youths and students to dismantle the barricades of tyranny and end the reign of immorality and greed in the government.

Now is the time act and make a stand for democracy and for our future.


At 10:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hoy, karl marx, yang 'people's initiative' na pakulo ni gloria, nambibili na naman ng boto. Harap harapan na naman ang pagsisinungaling at dayaan. Ano panlaban mo diyan. Kelangan yata lumabas at magsalita sa barangay. Balitaan mo kami kung ano ginawa niyo.

Kahapon, sinabi ko sa mga kakilala ko na huwag ipagbili ang mga lagda nila. Okay, sabi nila. Di ko lang masiguro kung ano talaga gagawin nila.

Sige, good luck, kapatid.

At 8:46 AM, Anonymous istambay said...

Balitaan ng ginagawa niyo? You gotta be kidding! Hanggang blog lang mga yan. Mga meron, magaling sa satsat, ika nga.

At 3:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

not a good name for someone who critizes (with no basis, of course! i wouldnt expect a logical argument from people like you) people for being "istambay."


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