Imbak para sa Marso, 2010

LIVE. STRUGGLE. EVOLVE.

WE are an inured people. Content to be drunk, whether in occult prayers or sexual orgies. We are a happy race. Even when things are going to the dogs, we are still smiling. Content to live in our own worlds, we’d rather drown our worries in the web, in partying and nicotine.

Yet we should not judge our countrymen so harshly. History explains that those who haven’t found coping mechanisms to survive tough situations are doomed to fail. In the Philippine experience, that’s either being shot or dying from madness.

The Pinoy then is not a Pinoy. He is an amoeba. A singular organism in a drop of other amoebas. He can form colonies form self-protection and convenience. Yet he has not evolved. In order for an organism to advance to a more complex beast he must first develop prerequisites for advancement:

Cephalization is the formation of a centralized nervous system designed to lead the other cells. It first evolved in flatworms. We of course realize its value by focusing in one direction instead of sensing omnidirectional stimuli, as in the case of sponges. The emergence of cephalization allowed for specific predation instead of being bottom feeders or filtering.

The creation of a specialized respiratory and circulatory system Allowed higher animals to effectively transport oxygen and food to their bodies. Instead of relying on diffusion to transport wastes and air, we developed a specialized network of channels to funnel important elements to the various cells of the body. Hence allowing the existence of larger animals.

TODAY IS BUT THE BASIS FOR TOMORROW

Yet isn’t it okay to be an amoeba. The single-cell organism can survive in any environment. Can adapt, can survive with very little in the same manner as Filipinos can survive. They live. Why trouble ourselves with problems of other amoebas when we can live on our own? Because we can and must.

As certain as evolution propels life forward, so too shall evolution propel man forwards. In the grander scheme of things, larger animals have an advantage. They can defend themselves better. Create testaments of wonder and retain heat better. Which is why their are large animals in colder climates.

So too one day Filipino will emerge. Evolve. From the feudal parochial mindset we will advance into other higher forms. Create genuinely effective organs of government. Connect to other cities and be mindful of the national as opposed to the mere local interests.

Slowly our minds are adjusting becoming more responsible in electing our officials. We now select in the basis of service and ability – even if perceived. Darlene Antonino-Custodio should thank her lucky stars for FLips finally maturing. Although were still waiting for Enrile and Lapid. Maybe someday.

All this will come to pass. Through hardships and difficulty that is the only way this can be achieved. Yet as Rizal so viciously points out:

The Filipinos seem not to know that triumph is the child of struggle, that joy is the flower of many sufferings and privations, and that all redemption presupposes martyrdom
and sacrifice.

Thus we must struggle, as we must grow.

ELECTIONS DRAMA

A sign of things to come.

University elections are conducted every year to replace old sets of student officers. These range from local college officers to University Presidents/Chairpersons etc. It is of particular importance in public universities because these individuals have the ability to elect the Student Regent. The SR is an important post because it represents the student voice in the highest policy making body of the University: the Regent’s Board. The Regent’s Board is composed not only of the University’s head honcho but also Senators. This assignment also has perks of cash and travels. Which is why it’s pretty damn important to select the SR wisely. At least of course that’s how it’s supposed to go.

Flash Forward 2010.

Our university’s(can’t say here) elections have just been screwed. From the initial watcher’s count of all posts filled, the position of about 3 other posts have just been vacated. Thanks to the miraculous disappearance of hundreds of votes from the initial count, we have just lost 3 “winners”.

Now here’s the 2500 peso question: Where the fuck did those votes go?

Well now it seems that a recount would be pointless at this point considering the time they’ve had in disposing the evidence. Now it would take at least a month we don’t have to finally get to the bottom of this.

This posts are important because these are usually the positions that bag the SR seat. Which is why we’re bitching about it this hard because the SR is a lot of money. A lot of money. So we’re fighting for this as far as we can go. Shit! If there were tibaks here this shit wouldn’t happen.

Bigger Picture

I’m no stranger to Philippine elections, I know how this game works. Yet when you steal hundreds of votes and do a crappy job of the elections we have grounds to be suspicious. So, the best we can hope for at this point is get back at the people who have brass balls enough to screw us this hard. Which reminds me, who here knows an election lawyer?