The Beatitude

It is very noble and humbling to live one’s life in the service of others, may this cause adversity or danger to one’s physical self, property, or reputation. It is very humanizing to experience, at least just once, to think of everybody else first before one’s self.

Let us look back into our gracious and rich history. Many men and women, from Ilocos to Dadiangas, have thought of the Filipino people first than their own personal survival. Many have chosen to risk their lives, some their credibility and stature to think about the Filipinos, living in dire and desperate circumstances — longing for the freedom they so long wish. And with this virtue of selflessness, the east was won, and freedom was born in this nation.

The labor pain that led this nation to freedom is selflessness. Through selflessness, the Philippines gained freedom in 1898. Through selflessness, we have developed a nation in an area where, in those times, a republic was not even a major thought. Our freedom was accrued through selflessness.

But at this point in our history, where political landlords roam the land just as Spanish land grabbers did in the 1800’s, corruption is a household term and life is hard, it is natural for people to think first of their own personal survival. After all, life is needed to fight for what is fundamental.

But no matter how apathetic this nation has turned into, individuals, from great origins and from small towns, rise to the challenge of leaving their personal interests behind to begin a battle where victory is next to unattainable — one that is fueled by hope to achieve the goal of change. Still there are individuals who choose to leave the comfortable abode of their executive chairs to stand up un-umbrellaed to step up to this nation’s self-preserving oligarchs, with the hope of changing this nation a little; making his fellow men’s lives a little better than yesterday.

I faced insurmountable tribulation when I stepped up against corruption and inequities in my university, and almost got expelled due to it (there is a God, after all). It was a time when corruption in the university’s southwest walls flourished, but with such selflessness I have tried to live that they died a natural death. But mine was such small domain compare to the battlefields of Jun Lozada who, in the act of repentance and preservation of our patrimony spoke, at the expense of his lavish life, notwithstanding the challenges that came and went. My situation is incomparable to that of Mike Lopez, a National Youth Commission Official, who through his blog vented the alleged illegalities and controversies and scandals that plague their little office in Quezon City and still continues to wage a battle of hope for the youth of this nation. I have nothing but awe and humility because of their unwaivering cause.

But to those who live in selflessness, despite the dark evenings, the lonely suppers, the ridiculing, the questioning, the feeling of despair, the sleepless nights, and the tribulation we face from colleagues, friends and enemies alike, we are comforted by one single truth — that we may be poor in spirit, but a room in God’s Kingdom, a suite it may be, is reserved for us.

Peace. Especially to Commissioner Mike Francis Acebedo-Lopez, Commissioner-at-Large, National Youth Commission.


About carlomasajo
I am a 21 year old Fine Arts student from the University of Santo Tomas trying to help this nation become a better one.

One Response to The Beatitude

  1. taxj says:

    Lao Tse taught that a corrupt and oppressive regime will self-destruct. Protests or demos only prolong its life. He suggests action through inaction. When he said this, he must have in mind the vaccine principle. Low doses of an enemy look-alike keeps anti-bodies trained, strong and alert. It teaches the regime how to deal with the real thing. This is what keeps the Queen going. Conversely, successive failures can dampen or weaken one’s resolve.

    Although benumbed by the failed expectations of EDSA 1 and 2, thousands of weary and wary souls took to the streets once more in reaction to the Hello Garci tapes. They were hoping for the Church’ support. Alas, instead, CBCP issued a call for communal action. This turned the angry mode into a reflective one. What do the bishops mean? Feeling confused and abandoned many demonstrators packed up and went home. The few men left standing faded away too. Again when the people raged for action at the height of the ZTE-NBN controversy, the bishops pour cold water in their midst when it embarked on a redundant search for the truth that was hidden only to those who chose to be be blind, deaf and dumb.

    Our group here took to heart the bishops’ call for communal action even we felt that CBCP itself wasn’t really serious about it. We were expecting Church-supported teach-ins symposiums, workshops designed to arrive at a consensus that shall serve as a basis for communal action. Alas it did not come. And so when a handful of disgruntled bishops suddenly found their voice, they had nothing to offer but wrath and discontent. What shall we do? No answer. It is as if Cardinal Sin is alive once more. Change the leaders! How? With what? With whom? Then what? No answers. We sent CBCP our own two cents worth of suggestions for communal action. No answer.

    Our main concern is to rid ourselves of a system that enables the likes of the Queen to hold sway over our lives. For as power can be in the hands of the inept and corrupt, there is no way a new breed of leaders can emerge, much less prevail. In principle, federalism is the answer. Actually, it is not. The idea is to disperse power and wealth to LGU’s, not to states. This can be done by Congress, but it won’t. Our challenge is how to convince or force them to.

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