The Philippine Election Day just concluded yesterday. In just three hours after voting closed, memes and rants filled my Facebook home page. There are complaints about why people they have not voted for are winning. Welcome to the tyranny of the majority.
Most of my Facebook friends are young people. I am amazed by seeing how young people are making their voices heard through social media. I can see that a lot of them are concerned with what is happening in the country. However, what makes it sad is the realization that all this attention is due to what is trending at the moment. Give it a week. These same people will be back to selfies and memes about movies, TV shows, and music.
I do not want to sound like I am rubbing salt to a fresh wound. I believe that if we want to make a change for the whole country, it should happen to us first. Lasting change comes through generations. This is the time of our generation to make is last. So here’s the mandatory list:
1. Stop cheating!
We do not want corrupt people running the country. Yet, we corrupt ourselves when we cheat in our periodical tests or final exams. We want fairness. It is particularly fair when we study hard and reject the temptation of getting easy scores by cheating. We are victims of the culture that says high grades are what matters most. We should rather graduate in flying colors not for high grades, but for honesty.
2. Shoot for the stars!
Aim high. This may sound like an old worn cliché, but it is related to the first in this list. Don’t settle for the “Okay na.” In English, it is called mediocrity. It that where we get the Filipino word “medjo?” Do not prove the foreigners right when they said that the Filipinos are indolent. But Dr. Jose Rizal already dealt with that. What I am saying is, aim for the “Wow!” That means do not just give your “amot” and left your group leader to do the rest of the work for you.
3. Share the load.
I am not talking about your phone loads. I am talking about collectively thinking of ways to ease the burden that our countrymen are bearing. And do them. We love complaining about trash destroying our environment and global warming (if there is such a thing). But if we don’t even pick the trash scattered on our streets or worse throw them anywhere ourselves, what good is our complaint. This may sound too simplistic but, it is a start to proper discipline. Throw your garbage (and politicians) in their proper places.
Do something right before something wrong happens.
There are a still lot of simple things we can do to help the country. Small things that are done right may stay small but, they are right. However, small things done right by many people produce big things. Don’t think that because an act is simple, it is not worth doing. Today’s culture taught us to be reactive. Just sit, wait, and react, like, comment, or share. It does us no good. We should be proactive. Do something right before something wrong happens.
I would like to address this last paragraph to my fellow Christian youth. Doing the things listed above would sound difficult for the unregenerate hearts or at least difficult to maintain. But for us, we live with greater power than ourselves for we are new creations. To quote a script from a superhero movie, “With great power comes great responsibility.” We have the power and the responsibility to model what loving fellow people should be like. Apostle Paul, after explaining how the humility that our Lord Jesus Christ should be our attitude as well, said these words:
Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may be blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and perverse generation, in which you shine as lights in the world as you hold forth the word of life, in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain.Philippians 2:14-16 NIV