Unlike our history’s dark ages, we are living an age where we are more liberated to think for ourselves. Back then, an idea is bad when the general society rejects it. The example of this was the case of Galileo Galilei. He made a discovery that the world we are living is not the center of the universe but the sun which was rejected by the church and was declared a heretic.
In local history, our national hero Jose Rizal was also given an enemy treatment for writing against the Spanish friars. Even the Lord Jesus Christ was executed in humiliation for preaching the Good News. These people were able to voice out their ideas even at the costs of their lives and change the course of history.
Even in our modern 21st Century, there are still people that still living like the dark ages. People like the late Senator Benigno Aquino, Jr. were able to speak out but were assassinated. There are also media personalities in the provinces that get killed because of speaking the truth. The reason for this is that the people responsible are afraid to lose their power that is why they are inflicting fear so no one will follow in their footsteps. These are the forms of bullying just like we encountered in school. The most recent of these bullying was the Maguindanao massacre.
But there are those who even the odds for the cause. Recently, Carlos Celdran voiced his views about the Reproductive Health Bill in front of the church altar which led him to jail. These acts of ideas are only the first step. In the movie Inception, “an idea is the most resilient virus. Once an idea is formed, it sticks.” This is what happened when ideas were formed. Just like what happened to Carlos Celdran and the historical figures I made example, their quests became a crusade.
Just last month, I was able to voice out my stand about the unresolved justice of the Maguindanao massacre. This was a follow up on my post about the massacre. The reason for my concern is that I have friends who were news people and I always meet them during events that I went to. It is also my concern since I also took up Broadcasting Communication. During its second year, I was able to join the activities to commemorate the event at the National Press Club.
Sadly, the internet is also a venue for cyber bullying. Instead of taking advantage of it to speak out, we are more dreadful to even begin. Fear is irrational. If you can speak your mind, it might also spread like a virus. It may also become a crusade. Who knows what possibilities this can accomplished. If the Mayan calendar is really proven true, then we are now on limited time. As a famous quote from Dead Poets’ Society says, Carpe Diem (Latin, Seize the day). Live your life to the fullest. Use this page to speak your mind. Comment below what would you like to say.