Tuesday, July 11, 2006

New Wine

This is a follow-up to yesterday's post. As it had a religious slant so will I offer an appropriate allusion. You cannot pour new wine into an old wineskin because such a vessel will be unable to preserve the good wine. Just as the Philippines is tightly wrapped in old and harmful garb is why we are unable to set ourselves free. There is no room for the new.

Whatever has been done is clearly not working. Those who proclaim their expertise and experience have nothing to show. The prophet Amos wrote thousands of years ago: "Hear this, you who trample upon the needy and destroy the poor of the land! I will turn your feasts into mourning and all your songs into lamentations."

The situation is grim. When a nation's principal export becomes it's people then you know there is something deeply wrong. And here lies my main grievance against all these entrenched powers. Is this the best that our people can become with all your combined talents and good intentions? Totally unacceptable.

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