A MANTRA is a saying supposedly ingrained with a certain mystical dimension, an intense message or a given moral suasion. Mantras are easy to invoke and pleasant to hear. They are deliberately composed with the intention of forwarding a delightful thought, a promising idea or a providential vision. One thing is certain: Beware of mantras that remain but mantras, i.e., actually sterile of content or eventually devoid of reality. In more simple term, a mantra is some kind of an awesome slogan. But what in fact happens after it is invoked—this is another story.
Sample of mantras in this country accordingly coined and intoned, loudly and repeatedly proclaimed on the occasion of the May 2010 elections: “Ang matuwid na daan.” “Kung walang corrupt, walang mahirap.” “Kayo ang boss ko.” The mantras are so endearing and memorable that they remain in the mind of those who heard them. In fact, the slogans are so intriguing that they are often repeated to these days—although with fingers crossed. And the underlying reason for all these is the fact that mantras they remain as such. Realities they are not.
How could the “daan be matuwid” happens when one who works less receives so much emoluments plus perks while those working so hard are paid so little? Why it is that when people have barely have money to take a ride, someone nonchalantly changes his high-end cars? How come there is someone supposedly wise and upright who however continues smoking when tobacco smoke is sick and sickening to all others inhaling it?
Why it is that the mantra that corruption in the Philippines is the cause of the poverty in the country all of a sudden became “Kung walang tao, walang kahirapan dito.” Hence, let corruption alone but lessen the number of people who are victims thereof. There are many mouths to feed. Hence, away with the mouths craving to be fed. There are no houses people can live in. Solution? Get rid of people! Conclusion: As less people automatically means progress, development and prosperity, no people equals nirvana.
When the boss is not being served but instead feels junked and in effect gets disservice instead, elementary logic understands that the supposed servant is not in fact serving. Hence, the progressively low and lower approval rating given by the boss to the one claiming to be their servant. No wonder wherefore that that there appears to be some kind of a clamor here and there to dismiss the former.
Mantras are both interesting and intriguing when first invoked and initially heard. But they become dangerous when eventually proven false and deceitful.
11 May 2011