Saturday, August 15, 2009

roller coaster ride

(photo compliments to my dad, i asked him to send me this so i could use it for my blog)

DISCLAIMER: This is my personal opinion. I do not discriminate anyone. This is just based on my belief of this issue.

Last June, when my grandparents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary here in the country, I had plenty of time discussing social issues with them, especially with my ever academic and certain lolo, a former DECS official he was, he stands to what he believes to no matter what, and that made our daily debate interesting, him versus me and my cousins. One morning over pandesal and coffee, we tackled about the specifications of being a president…. Contradicting my beliefs, he said, that academic background is not important, experience or the positions Harry Potter (a former president) held before becoming a president is more than enough to qualify him as a president, Harry on the other hand came from an upper middles class family, he went to Ateneo and Mapua but did not finish school because he was expelled and he dropped out to those school respectively. However, being raised and brought up in a family where education is substantial, not just mere how to read and write learning but concrete education that would a weapon in one’s future, I disagreed with my lolo. I told him that one’s educational background is vital in being the president…then the debate went on..haha…

This morning, I attended a seminar about the psychiatric aspects of a Filipino family.. One ice breaker question asked, “What was Harry Potter’s work when he met his wife?”….Guess what was the answer.. An Orderly at a Psychiatric Hospital.

So what does a president need to have before becoming a president? In my own OPINION. First, a well structured, concrete and excellent relative educational background. I say relative because he is not just running in some freak show, he is not just gonna deal with the economy alone but all its sub aspects; agriculture, education, finance, foreign affairs, technology, health, national defense, engineering and education just to cite a few. So, having a excellent knowledge about the economics is very important. First and foremost, you would handle a country’s economy in your hand, I know it is not a one man’s job but admit it, all the blame and expectations are on you so and the control is with you as well. Charisma over the people is not enough I daresay. The support of the many may win you a title but it is because here in the country where most people would support you because you promised something with them not doing anything; jobs! Uplifting their conditions! Etc etc….where they do not entirely care about your roots and backgrounds…but how about those that know….those that thinks that, a sensitive and powerful position needs specific and standard qualifications. When you apply in a bank, isn’t that what they look first is your educational background? They want someone who know’s what to do not just because you knew how to do it by experience, the realistic aspect, but because you know the theory behind it, every single step and literature there is, expected outcomes, the idealistic point of view. I firmly believe that is more important to know the theory of something rather that just merely seeing it happen. I know that what we learn from school is not all correct, but isn’t it right to know how to handle situations when it deviates from the ideal because you the pros and cons of it and you take every single step perfectly to bring everything back in order and not just because you put some temporary remedy over it?

Think people. The president is someone who could maintain and change the country’s status right now. Would not it be fair for the future generation to have a great leader where you can speak about him to other nation?... Don’t let our nation go over that same roller caster ride again.

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