November 29, 2023

Was it the great German scientist Albert Einstein who sagely defined insanity as performing the same action but expecting a different result?
Anyway, that is like expecting our beloved country of delicious coconuts and smiling carabaos to become an industrialized or First World nation by electing into office the same persons and their relatives over and over again. Persons who are members of greedy political dynasties who only take care of themselves, their families, and cronies when they are voted into power.
Although this near-sighted Ibaloy writer fancies himself an optimist, we do not see next year’s national and local elections in a “glass half-full” sort of way, unfortunately.
If the Philippines’ voting history is to be our guide, the vast majority of those going to be elected once again are those from the oligarch class and their entrenched slimy ilk. Might as well stop the insanity of believing that our beloved country will achieve industrialized status someday if we continue to elect crocodiles-in-human- form as our leaders. Apologies to crocodiles.
Of course, this is assuming that next year’s elections won’t be postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic or maybe our beloved Davao, er, Philippines would have become a province of a giant bully country by then. Just kidding, guys, gals and trolls. Ha! Ha! Hindi na kayo mabiro. Peace.

Here’s “The Moaning Coast” by Nawa Raj Subba: “I’m struggling in the rain,/ In existence,/ I’m drowning/ Sweetheart!/ Shed no tears/ Stopping the flowing river/ I want to drink from you/ A handful of water for a bit/ Don’t leave me on the coast behind you,/ Alone, alone…”

Let’s end with a prayer: “Lord Jesus Christ, by your patience in suffering you hallowed earthly pain and gave us the example of obedience to Your Father’s will. Be near me in my time of weakness and pain; sustain me by Your grace, that my strength and courage may not fail; heal me according to Your will; and help me always to believe that what happens to me here is of little account if You hold me in eternal life, my Lord and my God. Amen.”
May our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ continue to bless and keep us all safe.