Rebel without a cause?
This is my interpretation of what I saw after what happened last Thursday, when Senator-elect Antonio Trillanes IV together with his group tried to instigate the Filipinos to oust our President Gloria M. Arroyo and occupied a 5 star hotel in the financial district of Makati.
Not too long ago, Senator Trillanes together with the so-called Magdalo group of soldiers occupied Oakwood Hotel, also in Makati. Being tried for this crime and imprisoned, he could not serve his term as a senator despite being elected by 11 million people in the recent Senatorial elections.Frustrated, perhaps, these were his thoughts, the day he and General Danny Lim walked out of a court hearing:
When all other rights are taken away, the right of rebellion is made perfect.
Old forms of government finally grow so oppressive that they must be thrown off even at the risk of reigns of terror.
But General Hermogenes Esperon Jr, AFP Chief of Staff and Dir. Gen. Avelino Razon, PNP Chief thought otherwise:
Quell rebellion before it spreads.
-Titus Flavius Vespasianus-
In the light of these recent developments, some Philippine opposition members remain thinking:
An oppressed people are authorized whenever they can to rise and break their fetters.
Or perhaps, even think this:
Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.
-An Unattributed Author-
But don't they know that:
There is little hope of equity where rebellion reigns.
-Sir Philip Sidney-
On the other hand:
Men seldom, or rather never for a length of time and deliberately, rebel against anything that does not deserve rebelling against.
I agree that to a certain extent we need:
A certain amount of opposition is a great help to a man. Kites rise against and not with the wind. Even a head wind is better than none. No man ever worked his passage anywhere in a dead calm. Let no man wax pale, therefore, because of opposition.
But if it would mean:
Bad as any government may be, it is seldom worse than anarchy.
Anarchy is the sure consequence of tyranny; or no power that is not limited by laws can ever be protected by them.
We must all hang together or assuredly we shall all hang separately.
and Cheers :-)