12 LITTLE THINGS EVERY FILIPINO CAN DO TO HELP OUR COUNTRY
2050—a year that people have hoped to be the best, didn’t turn out to be as good as they have dreamed. For centuries, mankind has hoped to generate the best generation of leaders that they can have in order to sustain its existence. They have hoped, prayed and crafted the best scientist, politician, businessman and citizen that have ever walked down the deteriorating ground of earth. All of their dreams and aspirations have been consolidated in the minds and witty persona of the aforementioned beings but little do they know that their efforts, their years of hard work have been churned to useless crap. Yes, they have made the best person that can lead the world but they have forgotten something important. It wasn’t a vial filled with exotic liquid that can instantaneously make the drinker smart. It wasn’t anything scientific, political nor religious. What they forgot was the very being of the person. It was his nature of being “concerned”.
The abovementioned paragraph maybe deemed to be funny or as a nice piece of literature but the little thought that it carries may become a scary reality.
“Humankind cannot gain anything without first giving something in return. To obtain, something of equal value must be lost. That is alchemy’s first law of Equivalent Exchange.” ~Alphonse Elric, Fullmetal Alchemist
Often times, due to the continuous modernization happening in this fast changing society, people often overlook the little things. Be it being polite or by gently smiling to a disheartened stranger, people nowadays have outgrown the old fashioned mindset of giving back since they now know that in every action they take, there should be a corresponding result. They may clamour that they are just being practical but by abiding on that principle just because you expect something in return is not a justifiable reason. This fact is very evident in modern countries and sadly, it has somehow slipped in our very own set of values. This dilemma need not the revival of the likes of Rizal and his influential pen nor Bonifacio with his bolo and his boys from the Katipunan. This dilemma can be solved by us, the little guys that may be lucky enough to be flashed on a basketball game for ten seconds. So where do we start? How can we do it? Fortunately for the little guys, one concerned lawyer has thought of little steps that they can do in order to redeem themselves and to become an asset of our country.
But the world isn’t perfect, and the law is incomplete. Equivalent Exchange doesn’t encompass everything that goes on here. But I still choose to believe in its principle: that all things do come at a price. That there’s an ebb, a flow, and a cycle.” ~ Alphonse Elric, Full Metal Alchemist
“12 Little Things Every Filipino Can Do to Help Our Country” by Alexander L. Lacson is a spectacular book that dwelt on basic concepts that we have forgotten. Though they may be small things, if those small things are gathered together and act as one, then, our country may awaken from its thousand year slumber and groove on its own beat. His amazing book, in a nutshell, attempted to reconcile basic ideas and concepts about civic duty. In his opinion, and indeed, it is something evident as well, he longed to reason our that if every Filipino were to absorb those basic concepts in their daily lives, then, the Philippines might eventually begin to realize that it needs to act because people are now clamouring on a positive note and that they are trying to be at the top of their game with their own little way.
Lacson also duly accepted that at some point, the world is not perfect. Of course, there will still be corrupt police men or ungrateful scholars who you have invested so much of your time and money. Indeed, the world will not be rid of evil and its comrades but if we just persevere. If we just all do these baby steps, then maybe we can eventually push...
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