Wednesday, February 20, 2008

"The World is not dangerous because of those who do harm but because of those who look at it without doing anything" (ALBERT EINSTEIN)

Let me begin this email with a quotation.

"For one who is indifferent, life itself is a prison. Any sense of community is external or, even worse, nonexistent. Thus, indifference meanssolitude. Those who are indifferent do not see others. They feel nothing for others and are unconcerned with what might happen to them. They are surrounded by a great emptiness. Filled by it, in fact. They aredevoid of all hope as well as imagination. In other words, devoid of any future."

We cannot deny the fact about the "chronic malady" that our country has been beseiged with. The continuous denial of the "stinking anomalies" in the government has just added insult to the injury. There are two kinds of sin, the sin of commission and the sin of ommission. The later is no lesser than the former. I am not saying that we go to the streets and shout invectives to the government, but if you feel that way, you are all free as you may please. My point is that, we need not close our eyes to the blinding truth about the corruption. Being indifferent about the situation posits callousness to the people in the government.

Write them and tell them that you are disappointed if you really are. If not, then just ignore this email. The great Dr. Jose P. Rizal fought the abusive Spaniards and the Friars not with swords but with pen. Through his various literary works El Filibusterismo and Noli Me Tangere which we are all aware of. Thus, he said, Pen is mightier than sword. Although this quotation did not originate from him, he also just quoted the great Edward Bulwer-Lytton, author of the play Richelieu; Or the Conspiracy and here is an excerpt of the dialogue on pen is mightier than sword and I quote,

True, This! Beneath the rule of men entirely great,
The pen is mightier than the sword.
Behold The arch-enchanters wand! itself a nothing!
But taking sorcery from the master-hand
To paralyse the Caesars, and to strike The loud earth breathless!
Take away the sword States can be saved without it!

Yesterday, I had a meeting with some friends from Manila Bulletin at Starbucks across Bureau of Immigration and Deportation. All of us were shock to see so many BID employees "fixing" some concerns of foreigners. What further breaks my heart is the fact that the "fixers" are young and pretty employees of BID. I could only shake my head in disbelief. This was the sentiments of my colleagues in the media industry. Maybe, gone are the days when Rizal envisioned the youth as the hope of our motherland! But I'm sure, no one among the young ones (and young onces as well --- no pun intended!) would want to be identified with these so young and yet so corrupt people. "Fixers" are used to be represented by the "alter-ego" of the "insiders". But now, it's different --- they become bold and non-chalant to the point that they even have the gall to show theit BID IDs hanging on their necks. I just wished that what were hanging on their necks are ropes that they would use to hang themselves by the neck for such an embarrassing show of profanity. Fixing or for others "liaisoning" (glorified fixing!) has become a culture in every nook and crany of almost in all if not all the government agencies. From macro to micro. That is the harsh reality in the government.

I hope that we will all continue to educate and guide our youth, and pray that our country will be extricated from the dark abyss. I would like to share this beautiful quotation from an anonymous source: "Character is the final decision to reject whatever is demeaning to oneself or to others and with confidence and honesty choose what is right. And only a brave person is willing to honestly admit, and fearlessly to face, what a sincere and logical mind discovers."

GOD bless us!!! GOD bless the Philippines!!!

Best regards,

Monsi Serrano

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