The Change that matters

29 Oct

At the start of a new semester, perhaps it is not such a mere assumption that students have made their list of things they would want to be different from the previous semester.

Nocturnal students would perhaps wish for a better schedule wherein they won’t have to force their body clock to change for a 7:00am class or perhaps, you might be one of those who wish not to have the same instructor in whose class they sleep away the hours lost staying up late signed in on Facebook.

Yes, as we enter another semester, we bid farewell to the loads of final requirements and moments of cramming because of sudden spells of tardiness and hope that this semester things would be different – that things would change.


By definition, change is to be different. However, I guess there is an apparent difference between “difference” and “change” since rarely do people talk of change unless they mean big time change or its essence.

Definitely, sporting a new haircut or wearing polished shoes would not account for a change in a person, though external change is apparent. There is simply just something different.

At school, in spite of the newly built building with a projector and screen conveniently installed, some look past that and continue to wish for a system and instructors better than the facade and its constructors. Only then can we say something has changed that mattered.

Now let us look at it in a larger extent.

In the local community, one could suddenly notice newly paved roads or large tarpaulins introducing newly accomplished community projects while acknowledging the government leader behind it all. And yet, in spite of feeling thankful for it, many still lament the fact that not all Filipinos around the country are fed and have means of meeting ends.

Some may say there is something different but still nothing has changed.

Given this, I wonder if people get tired of hearing what seem like hand-me-down speeches by electoral candidates. It is a given that leaders aim to make a change and that those changes would become their legacy that would prove them better than the last one seated on the throne. Candidates say “this time” will be different; “this time” change is going to happen.

As we listen to them, it seems like they claim to cure the troubles of society such as corruption, poverty and its effects in a snap.

And we, being optimists, hang on to every word while seeming to forget how unrealistic this all seems, the promise of utopia.

The thing is people hope for fast but big change while overlooking the small changes such as the new roads or improved facilities. We want to see change in the big picture. Moreover, we want to see change that matters.

But I guess fast change means being on the first floor one minute and being in the fourth the next. We cannot expect the big picture to change in a matter of minutes. Even feeding programs won’t promise that the hungry won’t go hungry again the morning after. It will perhaps take years and several leaders for significant change to happen. However, we cannot only expect them to make the change.

Too often, change is thought of as the result rather than the action. I guess it is time we turn things around.

Well, that’s it for this critic – for now.

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Posted by on October 29, 2015 in Uncategorized


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