Sunday, May 23, 2010

Change? or Order?- An appeal to the youth

Change? or Order?
An appeal to the youth

It was quite thinking about the youth of today. Back then the you were known for their idealism and yearning to put their ideas on practise, which was reinforced by materialism and of current struggle.

But now what I expected from them is their apathy.

I don't know why most youth are becoming apathetic in the cause of societal problems as they focused much on their "obligations"-studies, computer games, even parties and sex life. And if they see demonstrations, elections, they reply with this: "Change starts from ourselves"
All without any cause.

But then,
Despite what they say so, ho come they act apathetically in the problems of this hell-of-a-kind society whilst speaking of "change starts from ourselves?" Isn't it contradicting?-enjoying the fruits of the corrupted order whilst bannering words like "change?"

According to the writeup "Parents and Activists" by the late renowned writer Renato Constantino:
"We often hear older people explain that protest actions are part of the idealism of youth. They reply that young people have ideals-but will outgrow them when as adults..."
That word being said somehow is what the aparthetics think of regarding the "idealist" youth, or rather say those who advocate social change, but then they didn't notice this:
"This judgment is both wrong and immoral. Idealism in the sense of having ideals is not something that should be outgrown."
And in addition to that, as what the late Constantino said in regards to those who clamor for societal change:
"On the other hand, philosophically speaking, activism is not idealist-it is materialist because it is based on social reality."

True, for in fact, activists, those who clamor for societal change, who often resort to violent means, who are imbued with what the apathetics said-idealism are rather imbued with materialism-of being responded from social realities and of bookish concepts what the apathetics, those bannering "self-change" say so-since those people, in fact and the ones who aren't think of change at all-for they are career conscious, materially ambitious and moderately civic-minded.

If that is the case, if they banner change, of clamoring for change like those they disagree and despise, are they really do so? Or rather bannering it? While they enjoy what the rotten social order wanted-of being a slack, bummer or career-conscious individuals who intentionally forgot the basic change of the society, of the masses. of the problems, and instead thinking of it as "nothing", "vaya con dios", or even "bahala na?" (Come what may)
And if that's the case,
then they really enjoy the fruits of the social order without any cause for them to disagree, and even encouraging the rest to do so. Becoming pigs!

So, as time goes by- what is the true idea of the youth which is "ideal" as what the rest say?
Calling for social change?
Preserve the order in a guise of individual change?

For sure most people may ought to say change, but then their words may rather consider a "hollow" phrase as they enjoy the orgies of the rotten system whilst bannering the said word! Yes!-for they really opted to say change-but starting from ones selves but in fact-saying to the people "to enjoy and not to think of change! Let's just get contented to it! To the fruits of this system we call heaven!"

And if that's the case,
How come they've read history? Of studying culture and even bannering it? Isn't it too contradicting to their common way of their lives? Imagine, a slacker who overconsumes its mind in watching television-and at the same time telling people to say "change starts from one's self?"
A call center agent, working 24 hours a day, enjoying a good salary, and his/her objective is to study again. And yet as years passed that worker didn't pursue his/her want to study and to finish college and instead contenting in a service company as a call center agent? Then telling to the people that "change starts from one's self?"
Last example,
A student, studying 24 hours 7 days a week and having a good grade, perhaps a grade of 1.00 or a 1.05, and having a discussion with an activist only for that person not to speak such ideas and instead insisting that only through "studying," "having a good grade," and "working to have a good salary" as a means to achieve change? Of individualist dreams? And despite recognizing the problems of the society he/she tries to alienate and insist that "change starts from one's self?"

These 3 examples show the narrow-mindedness despite their supposed idealism contrary to the activists. Except for the slacker, who does not care much at all, the latter two seemingly not aware much of social change although they recognize it-but then they preferred to be contented on what they've enjoying. As what Constantino said:
"A career conscious, materially ambitious and moderately civic-minded."

And since we activists tried to explain things clearly to them, we must also speak of ideas rooted on realities, that not all changes can be start from a mere "one's self" alone, but rather a genuine social change, including changing one's own is necessary in order to stop the problem man hath experienced through. And setting up social change wouldn't mean a "just social" it also involves an internal revolution, a cleansing revolution that includes self consciousness, morality, collectivism, self dignity, and devotion for the common good which considered to be a fact.

Not all things can be conceived on mere dogma, "unity," "cooperation," or rather say about the two- "co-optation". But rather, all things are rather concieved out of realities, or in other words out of "materialism" that compelled humanity to speak of change, as well as struggle to fulfill it as part of history. Struggle indeed is essential to accelerate change to a new degree as man passes through generations to come.

Therefore, if we speak of social change, only the dismantlement of the old rotten social order is necessary, and at the same time building a new one-involving cooperation and struggle both internal and external to reach its full potential. The youth, being the nation's or even the world's hope are really destined to do so in becoming "rebels" against the rotten system, the resisters against the "flow" and not of peoples that is contented and of desecrated.