A lot of people are probably wondering why I am becoming an activist or at least, leaning towards becoming one.
It is impractical, they may say. You don’t earn as much as you would in an advertising agency or as a higher-up director on a TV network. In fact, you won’t earn at all.
But I guess that was why precisely I found it too hard to study in UP, resulting in an almost two-year bout with depression. The norm was always to be the best. The task was to beat and pull down anyone who might hinder you to rising up. It was always about getting at the top of the food chain.
This hierarchical system, embedded in our grading system, awards like best organization (mind you, orgs also award their own ‘best members’) are some of the things which can feed someone up. The pressure to best everyone, rather than to work with them destroys one soul to a degree where it is near impossible to repair it. In fact, prolonged exposure to this kind of system takes one’s soul out of his/her body. S/He becomes a mindless, heartless machine which only contains program codes like “GO UP. GO UP. GO UP.” and “BEAT OTHERS. BEAT OTHERS. BEAT OTHER.”
But I malfunctioned. And I thank God for it. I am no longer a robot. I am human again. And humans make mistakes. Aside from that, humans also feel. And care. That was the start of my questioning of everything. I looked hard and deep into my experience and asked myself what really put me and pushed me into that situation. And I understood that these were things which were not supposed to exist in the first place: bullying, measuring people by their money, by their color, their weight, their grades. This is unfortunate because nowadays, people do not recognize you for what you do and what you are. The only important factor is what you have.
This is why we need to fight that stuff. We must make equal the capacity to have so the opportunity to do and to be are also equal. That way, man is measured by his concrete contributions than by his last name, or by his bank account, or his awards.
I know I have a lot more to learn in order to call myself a thinker. And a lot more to do to call myself an activist. But it sure is a good path to take.
Most of us are repelled from activists because of the old rhetoric and slogans but guess what? You might be the new voice they’re needing. You might be the new ‘brand ambassador’ of the social movement.
Come on, let’s try.
gonzzzy and I started a Vimeo channel so we can keep the videos we make in one place (and so that neither of us can monopolize credit on any of it lalala). Please do not judge us for technical and/or aesthetic things we’re probably doing wrong without telling us how we can improve on them (hehe). We like learning and we’re really doing all these just to learn more and more.
We have three videos so far and more to come!