while our pathetic government gives us a vague picture of our nation's "development", we Filipinos are still here, living on a day-to-day subsistence. Where the meals we worry about are the meals we eat today, not giving so much thought on what tomorrow brings. we have holed up ourselves too long in this "present day" attitude of us. because in order to bring forth change, a vision is required.
as our high school class valedictorian has said in his inaugural address, "ano pa ba ang nasa dako pa roon?" ("what is thee over thy yonder?" for the common playwright). usually, we may reply with the i don't know and i don't really care face. or maybe that was just my case. i was the immature young man back in high school. i can happily say that i am now unlike that young man nowadays. life has made me a bit more mature, a bit more ready to take on life. in order to achieve what we see the in future, it is vital that ample preparation should be undertaken.
recently i have convinced myself not to believe in those fortunetellers out in the streets, claiming to know your future. not that i really believed them, but the false overtures that they give sometimes get through the people so much that those whom had seen them attest to their credibility. nagkakatotoo raw mga hula nila. e ayun nga, mga hula lamang iyon at hindi dapat pinapaniwalaan. "manghuhula" nga sila e. hinuhulaan lang nila ang mga pwedeng mangyari. i think that mentality is wrong, but this assumption cannot be helped for their prediction presupposes the forthcoming events. that being said, i theorized that any kind of message related to our immediate future brings to our innate subconscious a kind of message that, these certain events should happen. accordingly, we actually do steps in order to achieve what the fortuneteller has told us. that should not be allowed to happen. we ourselves are in direct and total control of our lives (unless you yourself are being controlled), and our future is a big part of it.
unlike other creatures, we are unique because a) we have a thing called culture, and b) we are the foremost agent of change in our lives. we must not let our visions for ourselves be limited by those who are around us. we are not forbidden to stretch the limits of what we can achieve for the human being is capable of anything that he puts his mind and conscious effort into.
as my professor has told in our class, the construction worker who sees the formation of a church in the piles of hollow blocks and cement is the best worker, for he has established a vision, a visible goal, an end for which all means would lead up to. we must be like this worker. we must work on our lives, set goals and work hard to achieve them. any obstacle in the way is to be conquered. every failure should be taken with lessons learned. every critic should be silenced. this is how human life should be. an adventure of unlimited discovery and achievement. a testament of the power of the will.
the true power of humanity is its ability to change the world. it is in everyone's hands and therefore, all must work for the better life. it may be idealist but what the heck, if it is for the greater good, then it should be done.
My will shall shape the future. Whether I fail or succeed shall be no man's doing but my own. I am the force; I can clear any obstacle before me or I can be lost in the maze. My choice; my responsibility; win or lose, only I hold the key to my destiny. - Elaine Maxwell