Surely, Filipinos are familiar with this phrase that completes with “….divided we fall”. It has been used by nations, by people and even in songs. The basic concept of this saying is “unless the people are united, it is easily destroyed”. Are we on the verge of “self-destruction?”. Are we united enough for the country to be more progressive and have a healthy condition? Perhaps not, perhaps in some specific issues, or we simply do not believe in that concept at all. But definitely there is a good reason not to believe in it…after all it is just a “fable”. The motto was in fact attributed to Aesop – “Aesop’s fables” – remember?, as youngsters we learned a lot about Aesop who was known to be a slave and story-teller who could have lived in ancient Greece between 620 and 560 BCE. Aesop’s fables remain a popular choice for moral education of children today. Stories such as The Fox and the Grapes (from which the idiom “sour grapes” derives), The Tortoise and the Hare, The North Wind and the Sun, The Boy Who Cried Wolf and The Ant and the Grasshopper are well-known throughout the world.
But what is a fable? Merriam-Webster dictionary has defined it as a short tale to teach a moral lesson, legends or myths collectively, an untruth, a falsehood. But isn’t it that we Filipinos believe so much on “legends, the untruth, on a falsehood”. In fact we do, because there are lots of them scattered around the entire country. The politicians themselves are good examples! Not all of them are, but “most”, if not all are the “personification” of the “fables!” We believe in the promises of politicians. As much as we believe in the saying “promises are made to be broken”. How many times promises have been broken?. But what the Filipinos hardly know is that this “broken promise..” adage came from an unknown source. It is just amazing how Philippine politicians believe in that saying while they could instead be more appreciated should they adapt a more believable motto, which goes like this: “Promise only what you can deliver. Then deliver more than you promise”. – (from an unknown author as well)
Anyway, allow me to go back to unity. Unity is suffering in the Philippines. And the country is breaking apart into pieces. Everyone struggles for his/her own survival. The same is true with the politicians, since they belong to different political parties with diverse ideologies the tendency is to act in various directions. And the only way by which laws are enacted is when a coalition is formed between political parties under pretext of having agreed in some terms, of course in return for juicy concessions. However, at times, the result is the contrary. Projects on development are not implemented because “political bickering” ensues among the politicians and political parties. But if projects finally get underway, political leaders, local administration, the government itself, are already about to be changed, and the projects are eventually stopped halfway and discontinued. Who suffers? – the people, and they suffer a lot! The Philippines is clearly “disunited. There is an impression of an increasing disunity among those who are supposed to lead the country to progress and to provide the much needed assistance, comfort and protection to the Filipino people. Unfortunately, nothing is taking place. Well, it is no longer a surprise for us, because we have gotten ourselves used to the times of life in the Philippines. There is though one thing good about us, Filipinos – and that is our resiliency to bounce back after suffering a fall. Therefore, we could only rely upon our own determination and will to bounce back each time we fall.
Filipinos are known to afford a smile though faced with adversaries. Maybe, it is that quality that makes the country survive. Whether or not it is an attribute that we should maintain to survive is yet to be proven. But, as far as what could be observed, the Filipinos’ smile on the face is able to cover the pains and sufferings they keep within.
I can’t say much folks.. have a great day ahead…Eric