By: Glenn Mark C. Dizon, LL.B.
A little over a year ago, our economy has been largely broken by the ravages of economic crisis. To the new generation, the experience of being immersed in this meltdown is actually foreign to us. We were generally a fairly comfortable generation of youth, secure in the knowledge that our economy is impregnable but we forget that things could sway the wrong way. Indeed, we the youth of today have lent a little interest to the daily demands of finding the palliative to heal the wounded and scarred nation. It is but the time to open our eyes as much as we open our hearts to the reality that by seeking to understand the situation we can be more than competent in dealing with this problem.
My friends, we need to look squarely at the problems that we face today. As we gently cross the threshold from our days of recovery, we must bridge ourselves and help each other out. Yes, it is true that we become encouraged when we see that we are not alone and that many others are in the same boat, sharing the same destiny as well as same effort in rowing forward. Now is the time to act. We must inculcate in our young minds the lifelong lessons of discipline and hardwork. We should not hesitate, much less refuse to learn these obvious lessons so we can feel optimistic about the future.
Our country’s economy is vulnerable to hurt as any of us. It had to be taken care of. It should be well maneuvered and it must have all of the country’s youth placed on its forefront. Instead of crowding with other lost souls in a grotesque parade of misguided humanity, trying to out-bizarre one another, we must stand our ground. While the fear ahead may seem bigger than life nevertheless, we have the history of gaining strength from unified efforts. The stakes are always high but it is worth taking every step to surge forth. Let us discard all the self-doubt and be not be distracted by our inner turmoil! This is our call and now is our call!
Finally, we have seen the living examples of the demons which are but spawned by our own acts. We see youths who act bluntly and remain static and passive. Let us stay away from that picture. In this war towards reviving our economic status, most of the decisive battles are fought within us. We should stop feeling that we are the tragic victim. Neither should we be bogged down in a debate about the fairness nor in the unfairness of what has befallen to us. Maybe, just maybe, there is something inside our young bodies for our nation, something that it deserves, some strength amidst this crisis. And that maybe may spring from us, the youth – from the hopes of our motherland.