“How many prisoners are there going to be, fifteen years from now? And they found they could predict it very easily, using a pretty simple algorithm, based about asking what percentage of ten- and eleven-year-olds couldn’t read. And certainly couldn’t read for pleasure.” – Neil Gaiman in a beautiful piece titled “Why Our Future Depends on Libraries, Reading and Daydreaming.”
Does the percentage consider those who are actively serving in the government offices and most especially the significant concentration in the Legislative, the Judiciary, and the Executive branches of the government?
It won’t be surprising if they are now drafting a house bill creating a 7-star “Special Open Detention Resort and Presidential Suite” in one of the islands exclusively reserved for themselves and their families that can accommodate ”reasonable” number of friends and supporters in their respective guest pavilions. Fleet of private jets and yachts, airport helipads, marinas, fairways, jacuzzis and infinite pools oblige!
Everything will be ostentatious and decadent even in the selection of the Italian marble in the state-of-the-art medical complex equipped with futuristic stem cell and aesthetic surgical units. One wonders how well equipped could get the psychiatric ward if there would ever be. A delicate matter that could easily prick their sensibilities as they are all persuaded that no one among them would ever need such a psychiatric facility.
Otherwise, the ubiquitous luxury of the resort should mask the total absence of class and finesse of the resident inmates. Refined manners don’t easily come by with greed for money, fame and power.
Such kind of bill could zoom past the Senate with surefire endorsement from the majority block composed among others by: an heiress of the dictator and the frivolous wife who plundered national treasure for 20 years. The family was known to have amassed “$5 billion to US$10 billion” in wealth hidden overseas, according to the Philippine Commission on Good Government (PCGG).
Another newly re-elected senator is a civilly liable plunderer of ₱124.5 million, there’s also one who is often called rapist and plagiarist by social media writers, a boxer aspiring to become a prophet and a very natural clown, a lowly errand boy of a psychologically incapacitated President, a former head of the national police blamed responsible of carrying out bloody extra judicial killings of thousands of small time pushers and users, but has set free alleged big drug lords, and many more of these grotesque fugitives who form the majority block of the Senate House!
There are only three remaining Senators in the minority block. The fourth is a lady senator, an undaunted human right fighter and outspoken critic of the President’s direct involvement in extra judicial killings when he was the mayor of Davao. As a result, the senator has been detained for bogus criminal cases.
The three minority senators will surely oppose, thus will slow down the process. So, the majority block has simply to accelerate the proposed Charter Change to carry out freely whatever villainous madness they can imagine. Voila!
If you consider this as just another whimsical farce in a dystopian hollywood flick, then it is rightfully within the status quo of our times – the collective insanity spawned by a powerful machinery of evil that looks invincible, – but not to all men. The turn of events of the story will remind us that one voice is all it takes to wake-up a sleeping dragon. Let your voice be heard no matter how small you think it is!
“And discontent is a good thing: people can modify and improve their worlds, leave them better, leave them different, if they’re discontented.” – also from the same writing of Neil Gaimain, where the the quotation on the featured collage was also mentioned.