Hypocrisy

Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

-Matthew 7: 1-5

What pisses me off more than criminals and people who leech off those who are weak and vulnerable are the HYPOCRITES (which sounds like a name of a bad-ass band).

Anyway, we find a lot of them around us; and sometimes, if we aren’t careful enough, we become hypocrites too. Good thing there’s a Bible that teaches us how to avoid becoming one. I especially like this verse above that has a similar thought to the “Golden Rule“, which is also mentioned in the very same chapter as this one.

It’s ironic that I had to use a bible verse to start off a post that is basically just a good ol’ RANT on something that I strongly feel bad about at the moment, but since they always say that the teachings in the Bible are timeless, wouldn’t it make sense to do so?

Of course, I’d feel bad if I don’t admit being a hypocrite myself, at times, because I’m definitely not an exception, so it’s good that certain things have to happen to slap us back to reality.

Take this boss of a friend for example, who for some reason, may possibly deliberately degrade them (my friend and her colleagues) at work (where else?), on a regular basis. She’s almost comparable to Miranda Priestly, only worse because they’re not in a movie and no one seems to be as brave as Andy to tell the boss she crossed way beyond the line. My friend has put up with the boss for a long time now and like Andy, she’s sacrificed so much for the company and also just to please her, but the harsh treatment doesn’t seem to end. What makes it worse than it already is, is the fact that this boss leads a bible study group among her employees. Isn’t it ironic, not to mention hypocritical?

Trying to be unbiased at first, I tried thinking of reasons behind the said boss’ attitude. There has to be a reason why she’s what she is, but in the end, we gave up because no matter how things add up, nothing can justify the bad treatment and the offensive language she’s using on her subordinates. It’s just unacceptable, even to the standards of the most foul-mouthed person in the world.

Then again, her hypocrisy is nothing compared to this controversial politician’s whom I have had the worst feeling about for weeks now. She’s making my blood pressure shoot up to 100/70 (which is pretty high for someone with a normal BP of 90/60 LOL!). She just doesn’t seem trustworthy herself, no matter how strongly she condemns the wrongdoing of others.

I’m a Scorpio and naturally, I use my instinct for a lot of things and for some reason, I just couldn’t get myself to like her. There’s something about her that makes her look like she’s in a quicksand where the more she struggles, the deeper she sinks into it. I feel sorry for her being put in the raucous spotlight of inquisitions that led to the surfacing of an offensive, “below-the-belt” video, which she now uses as a tool to turn the tables on her accusers. Nonetheless, she still doesn’t get my trust, for now. I just hope that she wins her battle, if she’s proven innocent, otherwise, she’s just like most of them/us, hypocrites, only worse because she’s been, in the words of our very own, Dr. Jose Rizal, one of the biggest of this society’s “cancers” all along.

Not to be the one to point a finger on anyone, I must admit, as I’ve had earlier, I feel guilty about being a hypocrite too. I know I’ve been trying my best to get the most out of the Scriptures on the Bible, but when it comes to my relationship with my boyfriend, I just couldn’t seem to get things right.

While I was watching ROAD TRIP on the Light Network one night, I was struck by something Pastor Ru mentioned; and it wasn’t something new to most, if not all of us. It was so simple yet so profound and easily taken for granted. What he said was “If you truly have experienced the love of God, then you shouldn’t have a problem making this love felt by others” or something like that. Okay, that wasn’t even close to what I think he said, but you get the idea, right? So I was left pondering on it for a long time. And right then and there, I was “b*tchslapped” so hard, my blemishes came off. Kidding aside, I felt so ashamed for thinking I was becoming better by reading the Bible and praying everyday, yet at the same time, I was being a bratty, inconsiderate girlfriend. To be fair though, it really does take hard work and a whole lot of understanding to keep relationships strong, and sometimes I just feel like banging my head to the wall; but just the same, it doesn’t give me the right to completely disregard my partner’s feelings.

Ayun eh, sa lovelife nauwi. Anyway, some of us might feel a little guilty of having opposing thoughts and actions or of not practicing what we preach. I’m even proud to acknowledge giving love advice I could barely do myself, but I also acknowledge the fact that I have to do something about it. I can’t despise the Scribes and Pharisees yet be one of them, right? because I really can’t stand even  just the thought of them.

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30 Day Writing Challenge: DAY 10

Write about something for which you feel strongly

I didn’t think I would ever feel this way about………the coming elections. All my life I felt like I’ve lived a selfish life, but when I got past my teenage years, I realized that I suddenly had this strong feeling towards the government and the way our leaders run our country. I’m telling you, it isn’t a good feeling at all.

Back when I was younger, I never cared about politics let alone the people in position. I would not have even cared who wins, had I been qualified to vote back then because politics to me was like GTA V to a newborn baby—it was barely significant to my pubescent life. Good thing, we were exposed to exercising our right to vote at an early age, having student council elections at school every year, but still the thought of adults arguing about laws didn’t appeal to me as opposed to kids my age implementing added school rules we would fuss all year about.

Fast forward to the present time, at age 25, I feel so stressed about the wrong people vying for presidential candidacy. Not only do I feel stressed about that, I also feel sad, desperate, disappointed, regretful, scared and angry altogether and those don’t even sum up to what I really feel inside.

Sometimes, I even end up in a fight with people whose views go against mine, betting against my candidate.

There was a time that I prayed so hard to God, desperately begging Him to just give us a good leader for once, at least after a long time, someone who can really make a change and who could do something without any bit of influence from that guy from down under, and by that I mean way below Australia.

Aside from this, I also feel so sad and angry about people who are so desperate for alms that their brains get easily clouded by the sight of say, a purple bill or food, stamped with the name of one too many despicable politicians. I mean, do you honestly expect people giving away wheel chairs, food, supplies just a few months before the elections to be consistently concerned about your welfare? Why couldn’t they have done that all throughout their previous terms? Why be generous only before the elections?

Sometimes, I also hate people for being stupid, selling their votes then blaming the government for all their problems afterwards. You know you could’ve saved yourself the effort of complaining about being stuck in a rotten life by voting for the right people in the beginning.

So yeah, I do feel strongly about the country’s current political status and its consequent issues.

Lesson learned

Earlier this afternoon, I found out about the twitter war between the Estrada siblings and DJ Mo Twister, thanks to the show, The Buzz. Right then and there I knew I should have a say in this too, not because I’m someone important (though I know we all are important), but because I’m a citizen of this country too (where democracy and freedom of speech are both practiced) and I could say what I want because I know I pay my dues too (like all of those who voiced out their concerns as well). Also, I have been one of the most sensitive when it comes to the topic of corrupt and rotten politicians.

After seeing the whole thing on tv, I needed to see the actual exchange of cuss words and some significant points from the side of DJ Mo, supported with a rule from a Republic Act which I haven’t really looked up until today. I saw the photos of the said son of now imprisoned senator Jinggoy Estrada on an article, which I didn’t have a hard time finding as it is probably one of the breaking news as of three days ago.

In fairness to the disc jockey, he didn’t back down up to the last minute indicating a very strong conviction regarding the said issue, which is basically just some kid’s insensitively and luxuriously posing on social media amidst the pork barrel scam. The sad part is, this isn’t just anyone’s kid, but that of someone involved in the scam himself. Yes, the posts depicted the luxurious living of someone related to a government official and yes those were insensitive especially for the ones greatly affected by the scam, no less than the citizens of the Philippines.

So why has this small and supposedly normal routine of anyone who owns an Instagram account suddenly been blown out of proportion? What’s with the drama? Why has this act been considered inappropriate especially for a kid of a government official? Wouldn’t be the “people post these types of photos everyday” excuse of the said kid’s sister valid and reasonable? Well, these questions led me right back to that RA 6713 DJ Mo was talking about. So I looked it up and here’s what it  says:

This Act shall be known as the “Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.”

 

It is the policy of the State to promote a high standard of ethics in public service. Public officials and employees shall at all times be accountable to the people and shall discharge their duties with utmost responsibility, integrity, competence, and loyalty, act with patriotism and justice, lead modest lives, and uphold public interest over personal interest.

 

Norms of Conduct of Public Officials and Employees. – (A) Every public official and employee shall observe the following as standards of personal conduct in the discharge and execution of official duties:

 

      (h) Simple living. – Public officials and employees and their families shall lead modest lives appropriate to their positions and income. They shall not indulge in extravagant or ostentatious display of wealth in any form.

This was one of the things DJ Mo pointed out to the sister, who apparently aided in defending the “ostentatious” Estrada brother. 

It’s no secret that it truly is a tough job to be in politics, not to mention a place in the Senate. It is a position so much assumed by the wrong people hence the lack of advancement of people they govern upon. This small issue right here caused a dispute not only among the said personalities but also among those who were witnesses to the posts and the argument on a social networking site, who mostly are not at all influential, but mere commoners in the society. As small as their positions in society, that didn’t stop them from voicing out their own opinions on what should have been done responsibly by those they have elected, their families included. Going back to their job being tough, it should have been their responsibility to be good fathers to their children first before taking over a much bigger responsibility. Truly, it is one heck of a job. It already is tough for those who have real good intentions for the country, what more to those who do not have even a drop of sincerity and empathy in their blood?

To add fuel to that fire, being in the position puts one in the limelight as well (yes like showbizz personalities but on way more different level), so obviously, they cannot escape the critical eyes of those who voted and even those who did not vote for them. One wrong move and off you go, at least nowadays when the people have gone berserk after the whole Napoles issue came to be. So really, lesson learned here must not only be for the Estrada children, but to all, knowing that society can be very watchful to those who commit the grimiest of all crimes, corruption, as it is callously done by lawful officials.

As unconscientious as it may sound, I hope those who were involved have learned their lesson and instead of vindicating their wrong actions, should’ve just admitted their mistakes so as to have avoided public humiliation. They have truly been served by some showbizz personality who might have lost his place in the limelight (as what the opposing councilor mentioned), but knows his rights well and his way through social media, instead of the other way around. I myself didn’t think that it was his way to reclaim his fame, because just like the rest of those who tweeted, he was just being assertive in his own way as a law-abiding citizen (or used to be) of the country. In the end, she was the one who deactivated her account, so go figure.