Con­di­tional suc­cess

Sun.Star Baguio - - Opinion -

“DO YOU be­lieve that art is a re­flec­tion of life?” one of the par­tic­i­pants in an art work­shop for stu­dents of var­i­ous in­dige­nous peo­ples groups from all over Min­danao. “Of course,” I replied, “be­cause how can you do art if you do not have life?” KNEW where the ques­tion was com­ing from though, as I ear­lier urged them to fo­cus on the pos­i­tives and their unique­ness to win hearts over to their causes. It was her way to chal­lenge my call to fo­cus on the pos­i­tive as they are used to shout­ing, cry­ing, ral­ly­ing, and singing out their anger, and so I added, “But to fo­cus on the bad and sad­ness in your art and spread that to oth­ers I be­lieve is a great dis­ser­vice to hu­man­ity.”

If you sing of pain and suf­fer­ings, doesn't it bring you more pain and suf­fer­ings? Like a wound that you peel out the scab over and over again, the wound is opened and re­opened, the con­stant scratch­ing mak­ing the wound big­ger, uglier.

The com­mu­nist rev­o­lu­tion in the Philip­pines is more than 50 years old now. All my life, it has been there. The an­gry shouts for the eman­ci­pa­tion of the masses just gath­ered more anger. The

Imasses re­main shack­led. The rad­i­cal­ism that is call­ing to flip the tri­an­gle of so­cial or­der where the rich and ex­ploit­ing few are on top of the wide mass base has suc­ceeded only in em­bed­ding the idea that a flip is nec­es­sary be­fore eman­ci­pa­tion can ever be achieved. In the real world, more and more rags to riches sto­ries are hap­pen­ing be­cause they dared chase their dreams with­out wait­ing for the flip. Their dreams of eman­ci­pa­tion came with­out con­di­tions, they merely chased the dreams and made them hap­pen.

In the real world, life goes on.

It was past 4 p.m., the big boys in the art work­shop were get­ting edgy.

“Ma'am,” one told the school di­rec­tor, “We will stop now be­cause we have to get the cows and goats”

In re­sponse, the school di­rec­tress told the stu­dents as­signed for lo­gis­tics: "Call the Grade 11 boys who can get the cows and goats from the field”

Life goes on, and a day ends.

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