Are you Kristel Tejada?
You’re young and innocent. You don’t care what’s going on around you. You’re told– by your schoolteachers, the media and the people around you– that you should not think too much of politics. That politics is only for ‘armchair intellectuals’, media personalities, corrupt politicians and compromising people who lust for power. You’re told that you’re too young to think of serious things.
You learned early in life that politics is naturally dirty, and no one informed you about the difference between partisan politics and being interested in politics to protect your rights and future, that economics is purely statistical and an esoteric field of science that can only be understood by those who studied it in college, and that the government exists to serve your needs and desires.
You thought that serious, esoteric political and economic issues should only be tackled and resolved by public intellectuals (e.g., economists, college professors, media personalities and government officials) who studied such issues in college or who are more equipped, intellectually and professionally. Your informers (the media, schoolteachers, welfare advocates, politicians, etc.) encouraged you to be a critical thinker, without telling you what constitutes critical thought or critical thinking. They simply told you to criticize things. Then you observed that some people criticize the government for not providing them with the things they need, such as education, healthcare, food, jobs, housing, etc. This crude observation somehow gave you an idea of the nature of, or what constitutes, critical thinking.
As you grew older you learned– from your schoolteachers and the media– that “education” is the key to success without knowing its nature and concept. You learned that without it you wouldn’t be able to achieve financial independence and social mobility. You simply learned that to be educated, one only has to finish high school and obtain a college diploma. What they didn’t tell you is that education and schooling are not synonymous– that they are two different concepts. The same informers told you that you’re entitled to your “right” to education whether your parents can afford to pay for it or not, without telling you what constitutes such a “right”. You were told that your existence makes you entitled to public education, healthcare, etc. Since critical thinking was purely designed to criticize your informers’ enemy, you didn’t bother to think that what they termed as “right” is something or anything that must be provided or funded by the government. Thus, you simply embraced the belief that the government exists to feed you, to clothe you, to pay for your medical bills, and to provide you with the things you need to survive on this planet.
And as you grew older you observed that your social/public informers hate the government for being corrupt and for not being able to satisfy their needs. They hate the government for depriving the people of their alleged
right to education, healthcare, medicine, food, jobs, etc. They loathe the government for being corrupt and abusive yet they demand a bigger form of government. They despise corrupt government officials for being indifferent to their needs and so-called “rights”, yet they’re willing to give them more and expansive political powers. They pay lip-service to upholding people’s rights without realizing that their actions, choices and ideologies are, in reality, anti-rights.
Imagine yourself being regularly bombarded with these social constructs. Imagine yourself being exposed, from the time you entered first grade, to the flawed idea that schooling (not education) is the best way to achieve success and social mobility, and that the government exists only to serve and provide you with your needs and desires.
What or how would you feel if reality failed to meet your and your informers’ expectations? Yes, the only obstacle that stands between your social informers and their anti-reality wishes/desires is reality.
All your life you’re told that all you need is college schooling (again, not education) to help your family escape poverty and that it is the political obligation of your government to provide it to you. You simply took these assertions on faith, perhaps because critical thinking should only be employed against your informers’ enemy.
But what if reality were not on the side of your informers? What if your State University imposed certain “anti-poor” policies, because your government didn’t have enough money to pay for all its promised public services, thus depriving you of your so-called right to education? What, then, would you do?
Would you not lose hope and strive to understand and assess the failed ideologies of your informers?
Would you look for other possible opportunities (e.g., find a job, transfer, etc)?
Would you protest your government?
Would you join the social cause of the armed communist revolutionaries?
Would you blame the system and stay idle for years?
Or: would you lose hope and kill yourself… or others?
They say education is a priceless, very important “pamana” from our parents. The other Filipino term for “pamana” is “kaloob”. In English it means “bequest” or “legacy”. The term “bequest” or “pamana” suggests that it is our parents’ responsibility to send us to school, not anyone’s. That’s why it’s called “pamana”.
They’ve repeatedly told you about the value of education, right? However, they didn’t tell you about the value of freedom, particularly economic freedom. That’s your informers’ biggest mistake. That’s why they all have blood on their hands. May they all rot in hell!
Their failure to spread the value of economic freedom– as they’re all statists– has a very high cost. Millions of Filipinos are out of job and living on one-dollar a day because of their contempt of economic freedom and love of Big Government. They say ‘education is a powerful weapon’ in this age of information, yet they try and find all possible ways to make it difficult for you to find jobs and others to put up and maintain a business. They reject the idea of foreign participation and foreign ownership of the mode of production, as they naively believe Filipinos must be the masters of their own land. They reject the idea of market competition and decontrol, as most of them believe that corporations are evil and that ‘individual greed’ is more evil than Government greed.
Isn’t very ironic that the very people who have made it their job to loathe and protest the government (for more government subsidy) actually demand and love a Bigger Government? Others– the uber-leftists– seek to abolish this semi-socialist government in order to replace it with an all powerful socialist regime– an absolute welfare state that arrogantly knows better than you and provides almost everything you need from womb to tomb. This is the kind of social system some of your informers have been wishing for throughout their entire hate-infested lives.
They don’t have the slightest idea what it takes to create wealth. They have this belief that all wealth comes from the government. This is the reason why they think the government has the obligation to educate you, to feed you, to clothe you, to provide you housing, healthcare, etc. They demand more government because they believe it is the only solution to all social and economic problems.
These people want you to be schooled, but they don’t want you to find a job and to survive. The logical, end result of their economic policies is a failed society of massive poverty, unemployment, corruption and ignorance.
Yes, your informers have shamelessly branded themselves and their cause as “pro-education right”, but the truth is, they’re opposed to freedom, because they don’t know what freedom means. Freedom simply means freedom from government compulsion, influence and interference. Yet their dream is to send all kids to public schools, which have been highly politicized by both the country’s education planners and political ideologues. These clueless ‘education’ right advocates are, in reality, enemies of real education and freedom.
Now a lot people concluded UP Manila freshman Kristel Tejada killed herself because she was forced to file a leave of absence for being unable to pay tuition. It is easy to assume this was the main cause of her death. We can only speculate.
But how many young Filipinos were indoctrinated, brainwashed or programmed to think like Kristel? How many millions of Kristels have been created, molded, misshaped by our misguided educators, media and welfare do-gooders?
Are you one of them?