Thursday, February 06, 2014

The Gift of ‘Discipline’.


If I could give one thing to the Philippines, it would have to be something intangible. We don’t need tangible things right now. We have them here. In fact, the country has a lot to offer. The best thing we could give our country is one that would make it better—one which could actually make the Philippines great. It’s something the country needs from us. It’s something we, as Filipinos, should really work on. It’s the gift of discipline.

I’m not sure if it is just a minority perception, but as an everyday commuter, you’ll see my point. From simple traffic and pedestrian rules to simple MRT/LRT courtesy and to our day-to-day life, the lack of discipline cannot be denied. Obedience and courtesy, for me is part of that discipline. I mean, how difficult is it to follow simple arrow instructions? How ‘bout falling in line and waiting for your turn? What’s with the pushing, the blocking, and the shoving? The jaywalking? The loading and unloading areas?

If we can’t follow these simple rules, what do we expect from the same people who make them? Of course, I can’t generalize. However, the simple logic prevailing right now is, ‘if Mr. Mayor/Mr. Governor/Mr. Representative/Mr. Senator/Mr. President/etc. can’t even follow our laws, then why should we?’ It has come to the point where ‘if everyone’s doing it, then why should I not do it?’. It seems as if we have lost faith not only in our country but also in ourselves—that we aren’t capable of doing what is right even though everyone’s doing what they think is right although it is wrong. It has come to the point when you do what is proper, you risk ending up at the bottom, whereas if you do what is improper you end up being at the top. Or, the faster you get to your destination, whatever it takes, the better. Why even use the overpass when you can just cross the street and stop the cars? Why even fall in line when you can cut line? Why even stop when you can beat the red light?

There should be no room for this mindset. We should not even entertain such thoughts. Discipline is something we need to work on. If we want to have a better country, we have to be better Filipinos. And, by being better, we have to instill discipline in our minds and our hearts—for a better Philippines.

So, as a Filipino, I give my gift of discipline to my country, the Philippines. Pay it forward, people.

To end this entry, I invite the readers of this blog to take part of #GLOBEProjectWonderful2014 by answering this question:

“If there is one thing you can give to the Philippines, what is that gift?”

I would really like to read/hear from you/your blog. :)


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