Tuesday, 21 May 2013 13:22
By Atty. Batas Mauricio
LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all of these things shall be added to you…” (Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, Matthew 6:33, the Holy Bible).
POLITICIANS’ PROMISES, NOTHING YET: Did you ever wonder why a big part of our country and a very great number of our people have remained mired in poverty and difficult lives for as long as we care to remember, notwithstanding the fact that during every election campaign, politicians and aspiring elective officials have promised to push all of us towards meaningful change and concrete economic success?
Has anyone ever asked why the promised change and economic success have not come to us, and have even completely eluded us, even if the First Philippine Republic was launched in Malolos, Bulacan in the late 1890s yet, the Spanish government was toppled in 1896, the Japanese and American occupations have been terminated, and some 14 or so Filipino presidents have already come and gone?
Yes, why have Filipinos remained poor, marginalized, abused, and powerless, through all these years? Where lies the problem? Were our elected officials simply incapable, incompetent, inefficient, or were they simply too corrupt and pre-occupied only with their own interests? Truth to tell, even the current set of officials that we have now appears to have miserably failed in their promises, and those that are waiting to take on power some years from now appear doomed to fail likewise.
RP DESCENT TO CORRUPTION & GREEDINESS, UNSTOPPABLE: In fact, to any perceptive student of Philippine history, he or she will not fail to notice the glaring reality that as our country and our people marched through time, our descent to corruption, greediness, selfishness, immorality, and extreme poverty has become frighteningly consistent and unstoppable, leading only to the conclusion that national destruction is the only inevitable future that awaits our nation at this point.
What is more, this impending disaster is aggravated by the fact that there seems to be no one in the past who had been, or is at present, or in the future will be, able to do anything to help our people stop our collective slide towards a dark and grim future. Indeed, no one in any administration or in the political opposition all throughout history can claim any credit in concretely helping our people overcome this problem.
Does this mean that there is nothing that we, as Filipinos, can do to remedy this situation, and help our people and our country turn around for the better? Are we just to be contented with just waiting for destruction to happen? Are we just going to accept our dark future which our politicians even made darker?
SO, WHAT ARE WE TO DO? Many will respond and say that, no, we must not just wait for destruction to happen to all of us, and that we should be able to do something. This is fine, of course, except that those who assert this actually do not have any viable alternatives to offer. With due respect, all that they have are mere motherhood generalities that have all proved ineffective before, and will therefore be ineffective over and over again.
So, what are we to do? The first thing is to realize that there is a compelling spiritual dimension to the poverty, difficult lives, and marginalization that have been happening to all of us, and the sooner we come to terms with this fact, the sooner will real solutions present themselves to us. For instance, we should understand that poverty and corruption are actually curses which are given by God to those who no longer listen to Him and who no longer obey Him (see Deuteronomy 28:15, 20-21 and 29, the Holy Bible).
It should therefore be a necessary consequence of going back to God, of listening to His Word and obeying him once again, that success and prosperity will overflow. We have tried all other solutions, and supposedly-intelligent and capable leaders before, both from the administration and the opposition, but they have not helped us one bit. It is therefore time to try God once more.
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