This country has really no choice but to undergo a revolution if it is to break out of the prison of colonial structures, values, outlooks, and attitudes that underpin our religious hypocrisy, moral vacuity, political immaturity and economic underdevelopment. It has only the choice of a peaceful or a violent revolution.
No revolution, however, succeeds without popular support. The Communist-led armed revolution has been with us more than 50 years but popular support for it is nowhere
near a tipping point because our mainly Christian upbringing makes us reject violence as a means even if to a good end. This is good.
But that does not necessarily augur popular support for a peaceful revolution. The same religion that makes us reject violence has also conditioned us to belittle our human strength of resolve and to trust only in God’s divine providence. We have been hypnotized into praying, not working, for the solution of our social problems. This is not good.
We have also been processed in an essentially colonial mode of education that does not encourage us to think for ourselves but rely instead on elders and those in authority to think for us and guide us. From early childhood we are told it is impolite to have a contrary opinion to our elders. We have been thoroughly conditioned not to rage against our dark nights but pray and wait for a new day to dawn.
That’s how helpless our medieval Christian religion and colonial education have rendered us in the face of the corruption and abuse of the controllers of our lives. Yet, these will surely oppose with righteous violence any attempt to change the existing order they control and exclusively benefit from.
Finally, no revolution in this country will succeed without US tacit approval. Edsa People Power in 1986 would not have succeeded to oust Marcos if the US had intervened militarily and not plucked Marcos out instead. And let’s not forget how U.S. Phantom jets scrambled and scared away the “tora-toras” of the Putschists in the 1989 coup attempt against the Cory government.
Above premises considered, no revolution can happen anytime soon. But as sure as my hair is white it is coming. The line that separates hopelessness from desperation is extremely thin and a people’s capacity to suffer has a limit. We need to do something to help 30 million desperately poor Filipinos. We must see them as a veritable powder keg that can ignite and explode later if not sooner.
Unless, therefore, a peaceful revolution (maybe but not necessarily a RevGov) happens before the keg ignites, the violent revolution will be led and won, if ever, by the CPP-NPA that are already deep into it. I just hope we know that communism is not a bargain either.