I wish we won't lose sight of what's important.

20 February 2014

"There are two kinds of evil people in this world. Those who do evil stuff and those who see evil stuff being done and don't try to stop it."

In one of the most quotable movies in our generation/ one of the best movies to have shaped our pop culture, Mean Girls, Janis Ian tells this to Cady Heron in the hopes of getting her to help her and Damian in sabotaging Regina George. There were a few mishaps here and there but everything turned out well in the end; everyone got a piece of the tiara.

But this is real life. There are no Janis Ians nor Damians - not even a Ms. Norbury who can help set things right - and it is so frustrating to try to make sense of things without Tina Fey's brilliant writing to back me up.

All fictional characters aside, I wish it is easier to fight for the truth. But when you are fighting against a system that started way before you were born - something that has been ingrained for far too long that it has become the norm - giving up seems to be (and I hate myself for saying this) the best solution option.

I wish I have more power to change things but what can I do? I am just a voice. A teeny voice. It's like everyone has become indifferent and apathetic, but at what cost? It's so easy to turn a blind eye and forget, but what good will it bring? You can argue mortality, yes, but have we become so arrogant to not care about the future generations anymore? That this is the kind of society they will be born into? Directly or not, everyone is affected but sadly there's nothing I can do but shrug bitterly. Sad and sickening, really.

A wise friend told me earlier today that sometimes it's better to "focus on the personal issues of the people close to me." I get what he said about things becoming a little overwhelming and distorted if you try to see the bigger picture, but it's difficult for me. Over the years I have taught myself to be accountable for my actions and carry the consequences of my decisions, so it makes me angry that people can go about doing excessively evil things because they can get away with it. I know life's not fair, but man, this sucks. This sucks to oblivion.

The Grand Distraction, from I Wrote This for You by Iain S. Thomas
I wish our sense of pride as a nation won't come out only when there's a half-Filipino contestant who got in as a finalist to an international singing contest or a reality TV show or whatever. I wish we can look past our computer screens/ cellphones/ own backyards sometimes and see the bigger picture. I wish we won't be distracted by bells and whistles and smokes and mirrors. I wish we won't lose sight of what's important, and then maybe I won't be just a teeny voice because we'll be a choir of voices.

I'm sorry, I just have a lot of feelings about this. Maybe I'm just a little too idealistic for my own good.

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