We, too, are nation-builders

Amidst the seemingly overwhelming apathy and cynicism among young bloggers, there are still some who go against the flow. [spacester.livejournal.com]

It’s sad to note that people look down on idealism. Moreover, it is crushing when people look down on activists, putting them down as idealists and a malignant force disturbing the status quo. Activists, however, are not idealists. On the contrary, activists are realists asking for what is due and doing things that should be done. […] We cannot simply accept these things and say the things we have been saying since forever to make us feel better. Things like “Pilipinas nga naman, o,” or “E wala e, bulok talaga yung sistema,” or the famous “It’s none of my business. I’ve got a good job and I’m making money and that’s all that matters,” do not help. It desensitizes us to the wrongs being done to us and we learn to accept the evils perpetrated upon the people as things that “just happen”.


The problem now, I think, is apathy. People not caring enough. People wanting to leave for greener grass. People who think this isn’t their problem. Well, now it is. They’re arresting people without warrants, blocking the information you get, undermining your rights. They could do it to important people, they could do it to you. You’re educated, you’ve learned your history. Are you willing to allow this part of history to pass you by? What stories will you tell your grandchildren, that you idly sat at home when the time was crucial for you to move? This is your problem now.


As the chanting resumed, I found myself mouthing the words, goosebumps all over my arm. The chants had not changed, I realized, because the issues have not changed. And they will probably not change long after today’s protest action is all but forgotten. […] I cannot, I realized, in good conscience say that I am too old for this. Too old for rallies, certainly, but not for idealism.

Hm, lastly, I’d like to link to a PCIJ podcast of an interview with Atom Araullo.

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