“He has shown the strength of His arm,
He has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
He has listed the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich He sent away empty.”
Thus speak, thus read and thus stand three fundamental living truths for all peoples to know in all places and to remember in all times – particularly herein in the Philippines and specially in the palatial ambiance of Malacañang and in the supposedly hallowed halls of Congress. It is rather clear that based on human history and experience in the realm of ground realities, the most common origins of many eventual ethical misdeeds and moral maladies in the lives of people, are three, viz., pride, power and wealth. And the eventual victims of these dangerous subjects-objects are none other than the proud, the mighty and the wealthy themselves.
The proud does anything and uses anybody for his own self-esteem and personal satisfaction. Everything must be under his control and everybody should be under his command. So it is that he exalts his own self – with disregard for what is true, what is his due. The more exalted he becomes, the more demands he makes. The proud feels like a god, like a divinity.
The mighty thinks and acts with disregard to what is proper and right, what is true and just. Everybody must be at his beck and call just as everything should be is footstool. There is nobody he will not use, nothing he will spare to show who is the boss that others should bow down to and unconditionally obey and serve.
The wealthy when covetous and avaricious, worships riches and considers temporal goods as the be all and end all of his life. Never mind what they are, where they come from, who own them. And whereas nothing is enough, there is nobody he will spare, nothing he will not do to become more and more wealthy which has no end, which does not know enough.
So it is that those who live in pride, who wield power, who wallow in wealth – particularly those who hold high public offices in government - would do well to remember what the Holy Book says according to the Holy One. The solid truths and sterling realities as above-quoted, are very clearly seen and emphatically proven in cemeteries. There the proud and the humble, the powerful as well as the wealthy and the poor are all dead, equally buried, all gone. Death – and everyone dies – respects and spares no one, the proud, the mighty, the wealthy all included. This is a really Good Reminder – even for the humble, the helpless, the poor.