So here we go again. Let’s not take things lightly this time.

I want to talk to you about my observations regarding some of the events happened and are happening still. By the way, does the picture below ring a bell? If you find yourself feeling disappointed, angry and frustrated, take a pause. Let’s talk.

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It is in the news. It is on Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites. They say the Filipinos were robbed with billions of pesos. They say it is in the person of Janette Lim Napoles.

This is of no surprise. It is the thing of the past. She could be anybody. The name could be Jose Velarde, Jose Pidal, Nardong Putik, Juan Dumakot or Pedro Namendejo; and the list goes on.

There is an old saying goes: “History repeats itself.” It sounds completely naïve if not stupid. History is bound to repeat itself because we never learn from it. We have great historians. We remember every name, date, place and even time; but not the lessons of history.

So, what now? They say it is time to abolish the pork barrel. They say it is time to come up with other legislations. Well, I say it is time to stop focusing on THEM. Why? Simple. THEY will always find a way to outsmart you and I. Again, what now? Let me tell you another story first.

Have you ever been to a public hospital? Well, I have been to a public hospital. I’ve seen people suffering simply because they could not afford the necessary treatment. Heartbreaking. It seems to me that if you have the money, you live. If you do not, you die. Just like that. And it doesn’t matter how many of these cases happen each day because the fact that it is happening is so alarming.

You don’t believe it, do you? So you still honestly think that the government will take care of you? That your Social Security is enough to support you once you’re old, sick and unable to work? Or maybe you’re the type of person who says: “I’ll just work hard, be good and pray to have a good life.” Well, it is like saying that you’ll slit your arms, swim into the ocean and pray that the sharks won’t eat you. Yes, that’s exactly what you felt when you heard the news – anger, frustration and a spark of violent reaction.

What choice do we have? Worry ourselves out? March to the streets, hoping THEY will change? Or die angry and frustrated?

It’s a big NO. I say, it’s wake up time. Start taking care of yourself. Take care of your EDUCATION. Then teach others to teach others to take care of themselves too. The smart will always outsmart the ignorant. The strong will always enslave the weak. Learn to accept this basic fact. It is the theory of Natural Selection.

Get STRONGER, SMARTER and EDUCATED. That’s the time and the only time you could really help yourself and others around you.

It is my sincere hope that you got something new today. See you around.

Warmly,
Miguel

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