Monday, July 23, 2012

After SONA thoughts...

After President Benigno Aquino delivered the State of the Nation Address (SONA), comments of all sorts flooded the twitter and so on TV. So here, putting in writing my two cents worth on the issue. Simple thought of another random Filipino citizen.

...SONA everywhere on the news. My two cents worth.

Nobody can please everybody.

It's good PNoy is serious with his anti-corruption, economic, and social welfare goals & campaigns, and that the people are active and vigilant. This can be healthy, given regulated.

Meanwhile, as we actively observe his performance, let us not forget to take time mull over balanced views, unblinded appreciation, active involvement, and self-initiated activities even just for our personal concerns.

The government is there to promote the welfare of the people...and we, the people, are here to help our gov't, regardless of what or whose administration, to make the government's mandate to happen--through our actions, no matter how small or big. Light starts with a spark.

Whoever sits on the presidency, citizens will always have a say--dismay or satisfaction. It's the people's right. The government has duties; the people have rights and privileges imbued with responsibilities.

The microcosm of a progressive and strong government is an informed and diligent Juan. A silent worker finishes more than the ranting duo or trio or group.

As Gandhi puts it, "Good government is no substitute for self-government" and "Be the change you want to see in the world."

To be fair, PNoy's 2 years in the lead is relatively better than the previous administration. One very good thing, he is serious with his anti-corruption drive--good start to tackle the vicious cycle of poverty. He still has 4 years to properly cook his goals.

Let's get involved.

Lord, bless all those who have less than I do and stir within me a spirit of sharing.
Let gratitude and giving be my banners and let all be Yours.
May justice and mercy have places of honor within my being
And may my hands work to relieve suffering wherever I find it.
~Vera Salter