We Know

There’s a car full of passengers careering downhill towards what is going to look like a tragic crash. No there’s nothing wrong with the car. The engine is working perfectly well and the brake pad just needs to be stepped on to make the car stop. No, wait. There is something wrong with the car. All the passengers have a set of controls each! Everybody contributes to the speed but only a concerted effort can make the car stop or change direction. They know this but they are not stopping the car nor changing it’s direction. They are arguing.

Some passengers are blaming others for not stepping on the brakes while their own feet are at the accelerators.  Some are frantically stepping on the brakes and begging others to do the same but the ones addicted to speed are having too much fun. They won’t stop the car even if it kills them. And then there are those who think it’s pointless to drive a car with too many control gears, they decided to take a nap.

As some are panicking, blaming, excited by the rush and sleeping, the car accelerates to its impending doom.

Will the car crash? Can the drivers/passengers  make it stop or change direction in time? Only they know.

We know what the car is called and we know this story.

Makikiusog (Please move a bit)

That’s what the bus conductor said… “Makikiusog.” The passenger pretended he didn’t hear anything. Truth is he didn’t want to move to the back end of the bus. Other passengers did not want to move as well, so they just endured squeezing against each other for the rest of the trip when it was perfectly comfortable at the back. Isn’t it stupid? This is a micro version of our inability to make little sacrifices for the betterment of many. That’s why a lot of us are stuck!