You wanna be a holy person? Live your life like Jesus Christ did—simplify your lifestyle, exercise EQUAL TREATMENT regardless of age, race, gender, and societal status, promote Christian values to those who should have that, realize that money is nothing but a tangible thing that lacks eternal value, take off NEPOTISM and CRONYISM, and prevent yourself from establishing tyranny as well as engaging/usuing occult stuff if you don’t wanna go to hell. Plain and Simple.
THIS is, the definition of being a saint.
Well, if Angelina Jolie is hailed as a saint, I’m sorry, but NO. Angelina Jolie lived a very extravagant lifestyle, just because of her charity work and her movies. The only reason why she was hailed as a saint (not to mention she’s compared to Mother Teresa) is because of her charity work and adopting kids. Well, that doesn’t have to make her a saint. But infairness to her, she respects each and every religion, and she believed that her children have the right to choose their faith.
However, the quote above is Roxy’s way of explaining her thoughts about sainthood. In Christian Living, teachers will explain it the same way. Living a simple life and giving up the luxuries in life WILL exactly make you “holy.”
Alright, to be honest with you, holding a rosary or being close to a servant of God won’t make you holy. Even though let’s say that you’re really very close to Mother Teresa, well, that won’t make you holy, either. This is one lesson that everyone should learn from Roxy, because she knows what “saint” really means, in her own words and POV, that is. For me, being a saint means that you simply serve God, whether you’re a nun or not. Like, look at the saints who were once married! They showed their love for God by loving their spouses! Well, if they live a simple life, that should qualify them.
But in the case of the oligarchs? Well, here’s another account:
Some say that during the time of Marcos, the economy started to decline. Prior to that, the Philippines is second to Japan in terms of economy. After the Marcos regime, the Aquino Administration after the Edsa I revolution everything started to worsen. There are many coup d’etat everywhere…
This doesn’t necessarily mean that imperialism of the Americans didn’t even hinder us from that situation… however, the thing is, Filipinos are overzealous about their pride, only if someone else criticizes their country. Compare the overzealousness to the Koreans, at least the Koreans do their job seriously, without looking back.
It should be also taken note that the Haciena Luisita is a very controversial topic. Having read Roxy’s Multiply, she showed all the flaws of the oligarchs. Well, the best leaders surely are the most hated, but why do they earn respect only after their term?
To be honest with you, it should also be taken note that Marcos was sick during the time Ninoy was assassinated. Why was the blame stoned to Marcos? Why do people have to blame the incident to someone who’s sick? It was actually, another person who planned for the assassination. Ninoy only became a hero simply because he was assassinated, due to his tactlessness and loudness. Do you think I’m too judgmental? People who have political ambition do receive death threats, but come to think of it, most people who are oligarchs support the sentiments of the elite, not the working class or the poor people.
The reason why some countries are poor: Overpopulation, corruption, backward conservatism (hindrance due to some religious sects intervening with the decisions of the government), overzealousness, crab mentality… name it all! Things like English vs. Filipino debate and multiculturalism shouldn’t be the reasons why the Philippines is poor. China is also a multicultural country, however, it only becomes homogenous due to traditional beliefs, and everything. However, China’s economy became a boom because of cheap labor. Name their brands: Lenovo, Huawei, Aigo. The only thing is that, the industrial sector clones a lot of fakes (well, which is actually one of my pet peevies because I’m concerned with the quality, and producing electronic goods is a serious job, not just a joke). I think they should focus on their original brands.
BACK TO Holiness
So, I named those things to economic development vs. poverty, but this time, I would go back to holiness.
So, naming Cory Aquino as a saint… and the mother of democracy. Well, NOT even my history professor would believe that. Not even momma. NOT even those who think that PNoy and Kris are simply annoyances.
To quote Roxy again (via Multiply):
Cory Aquino is the ultimate farmer-hater! Her family is a sakada suppressors! Hindi magtataka na magte-take place ang Mendiola Massacre, which has killed 17 protesting farmers seeking for a parcel of land to farm with. It was during her time when the Philippines turned into a crap-dom. Prices of basic commodities started to increase. Lahat ng programa ni Marcos sa lahat ng mahihirap sinira ni Cory. Paano naman kasi, nagve-vendetta. Hahahahha!
And as i’ve found out about Ninoy Aquino, he is just a pompous jerk! Ubod daw ng yabang, and according to my former colleague, during field trips panay ang yabang ni Ninoy na siya daw ang nagpagawa ng ganito ganyan. Worse, he is a communist. Is he whom we should call a hero when he himself also, is a power-hungry person?
The sad truth lies here. To make things clear, Marcos was sick, another person did plan for the assassination of Ninoy, and last but not least, the oligarchy is starting to worsen the condition of the economy.
Eh, papano naman kasi, eh. Isa pa sa mga factors ng poverty ay ang excessive politics. Kung mas dominant ang politics kesa sa ekonomiya at agham ng bansa, sa’n tayo pupulutin?
We cannot regard someone like this as a saint or a hero. Nobody has spoken out about February 25. As in, wala talaga. Nobody has thought of celebrating it simply because, there’s nothing significant about it.
PS: Yes, Cory Aquino lived a simple life, however, we still cannot judge whether she was really the one we did not expect on the inside. At least, for the younger generation.