This is Why I’ll Never Run for Elective Office

No one’s asking me but…

So, the video above is about a woman purok leader who got knocked out cold by a guy while she was trying to persuade her neighbors to relocate somewhere to avoid the rising waters.

After watching the video, can’t help but think about the realities that our local leaders face everyday.

It’s true that we have an incompetent government since heaven knows when. The problems we’re facing now are so complex and too deep for us to even realize what started what. But this much is true: we’ve been a representative government for the longest time. We’ve always had the right and the privilege to elect our leaders – yet every year, every regime, every administration, we are faced by the same socio-economic problems. Truth is, we’ve been electing bad leaders. So what does that make us?

We’ve always been blaming our leaders, our government, for every problem that our country is facing. But I guess it’s time that we take our share of the blame. Again, in the first place, who were the ones installing these leaders – we the people. Sometimes, it’s almost as if the government exists so that we’ll have someone to blame.

And if you’re one of those few good men who happens to be in public office, what are you to do with followers like these? I guess it could be disheartening. No wonder non-trapos start to look like one after just a few years in office.

So what’s the solution?

Obviously I don’t have it. But we have it. Cliche has it that education is the key to a successful nation. It may be true. But not in a country which provides mediocre education. Hell, we have educated people who cannot even think for themselves. It has to be something more noble than that and more idealistic, nay! altruistic, but really to me it’s really more of a collective self-realization. That realization of having enough of the same thing over and over again. The realization that we can be more than what we are now as a people. But sadly, that collective realization will not happen in our generation or even the next generation after us. Until then, well, freethinkers will just have to sulk it out and the rest can go on “feeling contented”.

About the author

Howard Chan (The Student)

Howard considers himself as an armchair activist. Though his street rally days are in a slumber he still advocates changes via social media. He is a strong believer that awareness of various social issues is a good starting point in order to break out from the stranglehold of an oppressive system which only benefits the few. He is also a full time student and a part time blogger, part time web designer, part time web manager/designer for various clients. (Note: Howard Chan passed the 2014 Bar Exams and was admitted to the Philippine Bar on April 29, 2015. That being, all posts after April 29, 2015 authored by him are now under the name Howard Chan for the purpose of distinguishing posts he made as a non-lawyer from posts he made after admission to the bar).