AFTER looking at the malady of “Asperger’s Disorder” which is a big personal misfortune, and after considering the phenomenon of “Asperation” made at key Filipino cultural values which in turn is a big shame, equity says that it is time to think of and consider the reality and rationale of “Aspiration”. There is really nothing exceptional or singular about this human longing premised on the nature and import of hope—except for the fact that it seems to be the only recourse of millions of Filipinos during these truly trying times.
In plain language, aspiration finds its anchorage on the inherent nature and consequent import of the human “spirit”. The following are the more cardinal elements ingrained in the “spirit” of the human person: One, it is God given as no one else in this big wide world can give it to himself. Two, it is pulsating and vibrant particularly in its search and pursuit of the reign of truth, justice and peace. Three, it is intense in fervency and immense in scope. Four, it is strong longing, a fervent and persisting desire. Five, it is a craving for something better, something fulfilling.
Needless to say, the People of the Philippines have many aspirations for themselves and their country—for their families, their community and society as a whole. Reason: There is not simply so much wanting but also so much wrong all over the land. The justice system is “rotten”, the criminals are having fun. The common good is unfelt, public welfare is unexperienced. The present is anything but promising and the future is wherefore dark and threatening even.
To state that the Filipinos in general have many different aspirations for themselves and for their country is a huge understatement of the times. Where is the promised “Matuid na daan”? What happen to the claim that “Kung walang corrupt, walang mahirap”? How should the shout “Kayo ang boss ko” be understood? Is “Walang Wang-Wang” the only achievement of the already one-year-old administration? It is true that the menu of the times comes in terms of “Kabarkada,” “Kabarilan,” “Kausukan”?
It is not surprising at all that as the aspiration of the Filipinos is going up as most of their basic needs remain unattended to, the rating of the Malacañang tenant is going down. With pomp and pageantry, the present government took over. It is now anybody’s guess what the forthcoming SONA will say—and what will the people in turn say thereafter. The following is predictable: Grand accomplishment report. Miserable reality show. And that’s it. And this is no guess.
And the aspiration of the people? Let them continue!
24 June 2011