Besides this article about faux revolutionaries being written by a, say, free radical, well there are other things I find interesting today. Let me cite three: 1) the said article; 2) Rizal Day x Father's Day; and 3) how my gut feels (very relevant!).
I have read the article yesterday but I do not feel like saying a lot about it then, so, here it is with other unsolicited commentaries. If you have read the article (or "praise release" perhaps?), you'll notice how the last paragraph lost of its track and became its own Frankenstein. As Nietzsche said, "He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster." (I think we've all become monsters at some point but *stalling here*) Oh, the horror of ending an anti-hipster piece with an invitation to a very radical and very revolutionary event, ie Rock Ed's celebration of national super hero Rizal's 150th birthday!
Takes me back during my college days when there were, as far as I remember, issues with Rock Ed discouraging--on-stage! on the February Fair stage! the stage that was historically where protests are, well, staged against the tyrant who is to be buried like a hero!--(I am not sure if this was XL's or Chaba's University Student Council term)--let's rewind a bit since I've been agitated once again, here's what they did, as far as I can recall: Rock Ed discouraged students to join the mass movement, saying something like if you can't go rah rah rah with raised fists on the streets, you can struggle in your own way, and take pictures of yourselves as advocates of things like global warming and animal cruelty and other cool stuff, where stuff are revolutionary causes. That was very Iskolar para sa bayan, very turn-off-your-lights-for-the-earth-hour-ish. But this is not to discredit efforts to contribute to a cause. This is to shatter romanticism that does not cause any good but serve the vanity of the advocates. Cant explain any further. I think much has been written about being advocates of something but remaining comfortable--which, again, is not that bad at all (or not THAT bad). Just, fuck the romanticism out of it. Here are remarkable ones that I have managed to remember without bookmarking them. Google and my weak memory are powerful enough to locate these articles. See more about social networking activism here (Malcolm Gladwell), slacktivakism here, and green revolution things x charity here (RSA x Slavoj Zizek).
Lastly, something that matters most! How nauseated I am. I feel like er... puking though I have not eaten a lot lately. I usually feel this when I feel sick and emo about things, but this time, I am surprised with this familiar nauseating feeling that does not have anything to do with being tired of life and all those teenage angst--I am, in fact, feeling like high with the life that I think I have. And, I haven't even been drinking coffee, yet my gut feels er...disturbed--so disturbed that I feel like it would throw up anything that attempts entry. I used to blame caffeine for this nauseating sensation or whatever this is supposed to be termed. Caffeine is not the culprit, then. Now, I have to suspect someone and something, and blame that someone or something so I could point out and explain why I feel the way I feel. Why do I have to do these things again? Anyway
a lengthy postscript: if it were true the youth were the hope of the people shackled by this system (according to Rizal), why detain the youth, Mr. President? (kung ang kabataan ang pag-asa ng bayan, bakit sila nasa kulungan?)
Let me end with another irony, hence this: "BREAKING NEWS: 8 individuals including 5 UPLB student leaders are currently detained in Calamba following a lightning rally held during the commemoration rights of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Dr. Jose Rizal. President Aquino was present in the event when students Mikel Mozo (Anakbayan UPLB), Cathy Gigantone (Gabriela Youth UPLB), Bhen Aguihon (League of Filipino Students-UPLB), Ynik Ante (University Student Council-UPLB), Ruffa Solano (National Union of Students of the Philippines-ST) and 2 members of Anakpawis and a non-affiliated individual express disgust on Aquino's anti-people policies. For more information, contact Julienne Urrea (09234690340) or Pau Bautista (09161483935) of Kabataan Partylist-ST. PLEASE SHARE."
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(Edited this post at 04:38 the next day 06202011. And they are still detained. here are updates re: how the turn of events went so you wouldn't have to use facebook:
BREAKING NEWS (as of 10:30): 8 individuals including 5 UPLB student leaders are currently detained in Calamba following a lightning rally held during the commemoration rights of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Dr. Jose Rizal. President Aquino was present in the event when students Mikel Mozo (Anakbayan UPLB), Cathy Gigantone (Gabriela Youth UPLB), Bhen Aguihon (League of Filipino Students-UPLB), Ynik Ante (University Student Council-UPLB), Ruffa Solano (National Union of Students of the Philippines-ST) and 2 members of Anakpawis and a non-affiliated individual express disgust on Aquino's anti-people policies. For more information, contact Julienne Urrea (09234690340) or Pau Bautista (09161483935) of Kabataan Partylist-ST. PLEASE SHARE.
UPDATE (as of 13:30): PNP Calamba files alarm and grave scandal against 7 activists--5 from Kabataan Partylist-UPLB and 2 from Anakpawis-Southern Tagalog today following a lightning rally held during the commemoration rites of Rizal's 150th birth anniversary."We condemn the trumped up charges filed against our members whose only crime is to expose and oppose social injustices under the Aquino regime. If Rizal were alive today, he would have joined our ranks in expressing dissent against this repressive state," Julienne Urrea of Kabataan Partylist-UPLB.
UPDATE (as of 14:45): 5 members of Kabataan Partylist-UPLB and 2 members of Anakpawis-Southern Tagalog are now under medical examination. Meanwhile, BAYAN-ST led condemnation rally is being held at the gates of Calamba City Hall. Reference: Pau Bautista (09161483935)
UPDATE (as of 15:00): "As of 3:00PM today, the 7 individuals remain detained and are filed with charges of alarm and grave scandal case and are requiring each a P6000 bail. “We will not give in to these conditions that only disregard the heroic role of the youth. We call on everyone to show support and join us in calling for their immediate release. History has taught us that nothing else but the Filipino people’s collective action can create genuine change,” Bautista stressed." Lifted from the Press Release of Kabataan Partylist-Southern Tagalog.)