“Geez, 7:00 am. It’s too early for me”. Those were my thoughts as I had to get up. Someone was knocking at my door. I woke up on the wrong side of the bed today and saw the calendar. It said today is December 30, 2009. Today is a holiday.
Somewhere out in cyberspace – in Facebook, Twitter, Plurk, even Friendster – there are probably a number of posts saying: “Be proud to be Filipino.” It is Rizal Day…again. We celebrate the feats of another famous and very dead Pinoy…again. The whole nation says, “Yay! It’s a holiday! Let’s all go out shopping!” Some may say, “Yay! Just don’t wake me up just yet.” The reactions are just exciting.
This brings me to my question: Do we really need our heroes?
Let us all face it. With all the crap going on around the country, it is really hard not to become apathetic or even indifferent to a number of things — we suffer from a serious lack of inspiration. Money and media have become the new heroes, and if I may say this, the new gods of society. Money is a god? Hypocrites, young and old, of poor and of seemingly strong moral fiber, all bow to its power. Media? I can only shudder at the thought that probably a lot of Filipinos still aspire to emulate what they see on TV. With eyes wide open, focused on PBB or whatever drama/reality show they can watch – a nation of voyeurs we’ve become.
A serious lack of inspiration, it plagues this nation. In fact, we rejoiced as Efren Penaflorida got voted into becoming a CNN hero – like, vote? I say screw that award. We should have noticed him long before CNN did. Instead, the rest of the country was busy with its inane obsession with reality and drama TV. I say screw the media that feeds the minds of this country with garbage.
I say f**k me for this pointless rant. I’m going out for a haircut and then go shopping. It is a holiday! Peace.