TWO who agreed with my last column that a kind of revolution is needed to install an equitable social order in the country nevertheless had some misgivings. One bemoaned it as an elusive dream while the other despaired of the Filipino ever being able to undertake it.
Even as I also agree with them I am not losing hope that at some later time such a revolution will happen. I just cannot imagine political dynasties and their oligarch controllers being allowed to continue their stranglehold on the nation’s politics, economy and culture if the “greater good to the bigger number” and not the reverse as happens now is to be achieved.
Feudalism in Europe started between the 12th and 15th centuries. Yet it was not until three centuries later that the French Revolution (1789-1790) freed French peasants from feudal bondage. In the end it produced the world’s first Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen. Voting by head also replaced voting by status. Thence, the noble minority could no longer outvote the peasant majority.
We just celebrated National Heroes Day. The more prominent of these heroes are so because they revolted against Spain. Yet feudal Spain turned us into their serfs early in the 16th century (1521) while our heroes did not revolt until late 19th century (Aug. 26, 1896-June 12, 1898). That’s how long it took them to realize Spain’s oppressive rule sucked and had to go.
Thus, if we have done it before there is no reason we cannot do it again. But unlike, for instance, the revolt in Edsa which ousted a dictator only to restore the old feudal system, this time around the revolution must change the existing unjust social order and not just install another faction of the oligarchy within the same social order like Edsa did.
We really don’t have to start a revolution. We just need to finish what our national heroes began. It is an unfinished revolution as it only transferred our serfdom from Spain to Uncle Sam who then gave us an ambiguous independence by turning us over as serfs to domestic feudal lords, today’s political dynasties and oligarchs, both civil and religious.
We can do this peacefully if we get to shift our education system from conformist-colonial to freethinking-modern. We need to be educated in true humanist fashion that enables us to think for ourselves and rely on reason to solve our problems and not on the dictates of political, business and religious leaders who claim to represent and speak for God.
We are not a free people yet, not the majority of us anyway. We owe it to our national heroes who started a revolution (to free us from feudal oppression) to finish peacefully what they started violently. Or they would have died in vain.