Posted by: Chuck | June 19, 2013

We preoccupy ourselves with politics


Good day friends, this morning its overcast with gray clouds but never it will get hot today here in Danao. Please remember, God is not far away. He is in every smile, in every thought that gives us hope, in every tear that waters our soul and in every moment we feel alone. You only get the diseases if you are worried about your weight all the time. You see advertisements from slimming centers that say, ‘Liberate yourself from your extra baggage so that you are free to be yourself.’ It is all rubbish! You are liberated only if you are comfortable about who you are, and what you look like any time of the day and anytime of the year! Why would I want to waste my time on slimming regimes when I have so many other important things to do and so many people to be friends with? I eat healthily and walk regularly; I am this size because I am born to be big! There is more to life than worrying about weight all day long.

I always thought that one of the responsibilities of the clergy is to heal the minds and the spirits of men and to encourage happiness, fulfillment, and a positive attitude. But it seems that they too have lost faith. So, how then can they lead a people to inner reforms when they are the very ones initiating and leading the mass protests nowadays?

As we preoccupy ourselves with politics, we should remember that there is life out there waiting to be improved. The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) statistics on the Human Development Index reminds us those three basic human dimensions: life expectancy at birth, adult literacy and gross enrollment at all levels need much attention. Further, compared with the rest of the world as reported in the Philippine STAR, the Philippines are sliding down.

The same report states that the poor public health care resources, high dropout rates of public grade school, college and even vocational students contribute to the stagnant growth of the country.

Filipinos are well aware of these problems but the UNDP report all the more confirms our observations. So, what do we do about it? Do our leaders actually care about the quality of life of every Filipino? I guess not. If they were truly dedicated public servants, they would not let politics get in the way of public service. But look at what is happening now in Congress, in the Senate and in government. Everyone seems to be distracted focusing on one issue instead of trying to save and improve the lives of the Filipinos out there. C’mon! Wake up and smell the freshly brewed coffee. It’s a Monday. This is the dawn of a new day. Let’s get to work with a new direction and a new spirit. Let us not be pulled down by politics and controversies – rise up and shine!

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