Tuesday, May 2, 2006

Reverse Flow

Maybe it is because I have become more conscious but I have been learning of more and more established professionals preparing to move out of the Philippines. I refer to grounded and gifted heads of families, some of whom already have grandchildren who are committed to uprooting 25-year careers in search of safer, cleaner and more prosperous surroundings. Without exception, all these who are part of this exodus are bitter towards the succession of governments and politicians who have miserably failed them.

I can't blame any of these people. Family comes first. Personal sacrifice arises from a personal choice. When these sacrifices begin encroaching upon the welfare of your children you need to pause and reflect.

Meanwhile back home, charter change is the political gimmick of the day. As if it would prevent or even delay the departure of a single disillusioned Filipino. Why can't the people ever feel that these politicians care for the general good? Sacrifice, patience and hard work have always been demanded from us while the situation seems to become only more desperate. Do these clowns really think that they can get away with this degree of criminal neglect forever?

The Filipino hero Jose Rizal said "there are no tyrants where there are no slaves". More than ever I am returning home because I remember that phrase from Julius Caesar, "the fault dear Brutus lies not in our stars but in ourselves that we are underlings". We, the Filipino people can only take so much. We need to take our nation back.

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