Look: UST psychologist shares eye-opening gist of Duterte’s SONA speech on Facebook

While many Filipinos watched Duterte’s SONA on television today, only a few really listened and understood the message of the President’s SONA.

But thanks to Richthofen De Jesus, from UST, a professional psychologist who did the honor of explaining to social media people the very essence of Duterte’s SONA today..

De Jesus discussed that the freedom that we are enjoying is quite imbalanced.

He elaborated “we do practice a good amount of freedom, but we are often missing on the latter half which is the responsibility that comes on everything that we do, because we use this freedom that we have.”

In other words, we only want to enjoy freedom but unwilling to do our responsibility in the preservation of freedom.

He ended the post by leaving us with JFK’s famous quotation to ponder, “ask not what your country can do for you, rather ask what you can do for your country”.

Just finished watching the SONA on TV, and I just want to make the following comments…

First, I am not a government stooge, and I do not identify myself as a Duterte supporter, but nor do I identify myself as a critic.

As always, I will identify myself in this post as a Professional Psychologist, Psychometrician, Husband, Father, and most especially, A Filipino.

Listening to what was said, I reflected on the fact that the freedom that we are enjoying is quite imbalanced. Yes, we do practice a good amount of freedom, but we are often missing on the latter half which is the responsibility that comes on everything that we do, because we use this freedom that we have.

As individuals, as Filipinos, when did we last reflect on whether we have correctly or completely fulfilled all the responsibilities that we need to do? Whether it is to our family, to our work, and especially to our fellow people. All of us (myself included), have failed in this right, one time or another. It is human nature to make errors in our lives, but we should not always make it an excuse to not improve in what we do.

The message of the SONA is clear, to help our country, let us simply take-in our respective responsibilities, and focus on the implementation of our tasks, rather on the grandstanding that we usually do.

Every year, whoever the president, rally goers have never failed to showcase their rant regarding the government. However, do all of these people really know what they are fighting for? Do they really understand why they are there, or are they just victims of the more shamefully knowledgeable individuals, who feast on the weakness and ignorance that is present among our poorer countrymen?

I say this, if those people who chose to demonstrate have just reflected first on their responsibilities on a personal level, rather than be taken advantaged of our less honorable countrymen, they could have done something better that could have significantly benefited their family.

We should never rely on our government to initiate the change in our nation. Rather, as the people living in our nation, should learn to be self-reliant and be focused on the things that can help improve ourselves, which will ripple to our family and later, our nation.

We should also not forget that everything that we do will affect another whether it be good or bad. We form a symbiotic relationship with one another. If the miners would mine the minerals recklessly, they would lay waste to the surrounding communities. If giant media outfits report filtered new for the benefit of just being sensationalized, then they mislead their own countrymen and plunge them further into darkness (permit me to state that, this is why I like GMA better, and only opt to appear in their programs). If government workers forget that they exist for the people, then the whole system breaks down, and the public suffers. If the the public goes into anarchy by occupying places that they do not own or are not bestowed to them, then they just place the view in Filipinos as non-educated and ill-mannered.

The gist of this is this, we are free, and yet we go over ourselves by abusing this freedom that we have, with not becoming responsible for ourselves. We continuously put the blame on others, and forget to ask what have we done to help out in the first place.

In the end, JFK was right, “ask not what your country can do for you, rather ask what you can do for your country”. In the end, I believe that there is hope for the Philippines, and that hope is in everyone of us. We just have to ignite it, and use it not only for our own good, but for our country as well.

That’s all. God Bless, and goodnight to all.

Live Jesus in our Hearts Forever.

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