“Tis the only comfort of the miserable to have partners in their woes.” – Miguel de Cervantes

What happened? You feel that you’ve been mistreated or CHEATED. So you raise the complaint and filed it appropriately. Now you have your case. But it turned out that the verdict was not in your favour. You filed for an appeal. They say your appeal was unreasonable. Again, you’ve been denied. Still, you can’t simply accept it. Who would?

Of course, you’ll think of another course of action. A desperate situation calls for a desperate action. You decided to air your sentiments publicly to validate your position after you’ve been denied. You get sympathy by playing the victim. If this was really your plan, as you found a way to somehow mislead the Authorities, I do not know what is next, but you were able to get a following. Who knows? It might serve you better in the future. It’s too early to tell. As P.T Barnum says: “Every crowd has a silver lining.”

Was it worth it? Maybe yes; you let off some steam. I understand somehow that it feels better when there are people with you in times like these. It feels better when you know that people take heed of your suffering, whether they may be true or not. Most of the time, we mistake sympathy for love and understanding. At the end of the day,  we’re human beings. But why do you need this title so badly? What does it mean to you? These are the things that only you could know and nobody else could ever answer for you.

What did you get in the end? Justice? Maybe after all, you just wanted to be heard. But really what you got is a STIGMA. I don’t know if it’s good or bad, or until when will you carry it. To a Journalist, you are just right holding unto so-called “Freedom of Speech”. To a Conservative, it seems that you do not know a thing or two about modesty by expressing a contempt or disdain in the Authorities. To a Rebellious Teen who hates the world, you are an ever wonderful paragon after you stirred their emotions. To those who are mild and meek, you are a bit of an Extremist. To an average man who rushes to generalise without looking onto other possibilities,  you are the victim and you deserve all the privilege without asking for reasons why. And you will know them very easily by hearing “Syempre”. They are like sheep and they also feel somewhat entitled to a lot of things in life.

We live in a society that is governed by certain rules. We sometimes conform while sometimes do not. We do not even know why some of them are needed to be followed. But we have enforcers and moderators to guard these rules; without them, we simply fall into chaos. In some instances we are tempted to bend or even break these rules in order for us to get our way. One may ask, what if those who hold the rules are the ones who break them? This is when things get messy – if we fall into a belief that the situation warrants us to do the same.

Life is tough, we just have to get used to it and try to extract the lessons. No matter how unfair things might be, the next time you get your chance, you can make your mark so clearly distinguishable, (just like this one) regardless if you will end up as first, second or even last. That way, no one could ever question your position.


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