I had an outré encounter with a religious taxpayer last week. He kept on asking so many questions related to where his money and the people’s money go. He sighted the flaws of the government, including the “inappropriateness” and irrational philosophy of the leftists and blamed the common people in general, for not patronizing the “right” ways to living life prosperously – socially, economically stable.
He attacked the government. Why do we have corrupt leaders? Why are they corrupt? What are they corrupting for? Why is our democratic government system not working in our country? Why do we have to have a democratic government when we cannot even claim the sense of democracy in our own rights and privileges as citizens of this country? Now, as a concerned citizen, he was raising the issue on where the people’s money go. Back to the people? No, he wasn’t satisfied. He didn’t even want to claim the government’s proposals and projects to be somehow effective and beneficial for the people.
Not yet enough, he now started to out the blame on the leftists, Actually, he meant activists. By the deduced activists to be leftists. And these activists he asserted are the “iskolar ng bayan.” As I was anticipating, he continued his sermon again: I am paying my task piously. I am subsidizing the education of there “iskolar ng bayan.” What for? For these recognized scholars to squander government funds intended for them? To be opposed the governments? To be ultra-lefts? For one, through rallies? Organizing and heading a very unethical way to catch public attention? Professing their principles with valor as if trying to point out that there is nobody besides them that can defend such values? These principles? Are they true? Are they sincere? With all dignity? Or they’re just making faces, wearing mask to preach to the people their “concern” to the country and to its people? To the fullest of their pride and honor? It’s senseless. Because they’re pretentious. They pretend to know every sensitive issue, everything. But the fact of the matter is they don’t! Too pity for those who believe in them and think that their principles are nothing but righteous and worth-fighting for. As a result, the real “victims” of these vulnerable issues are the people themselves. The mass, the people, they are those who are suffering. Torn between two opposing ideologist. Now where should they stand?
These people, he continued. Why don’t they insist a stand? A new-devised ideology so we can add one more to the two provoking dogmas. So we could mess up everything? After all, everything is a mess. It is undeniably true that these people contribute to a lot messing event more this world. Oh! c’mon we cannot just be the government and do corruption or be activist – leftist and do nothing else other than wasting resources. Then what are the people for? They’re ignorant beings.
I can see confusion and anger and hatred and suffering and pessimism and confusion again and unresolved confusions… in his deep eyes…