the freak show
June 18, 2009
there was a time in my childhood when the only form of entertainment during town fiestas were the fair (or perya as what we call them) where ferris wheel, octopus, carousel were the available rides and bingo, beto-beto and a shot at a prizes using bb guns are available if you’re not motion-inclined. but still, there were some side shows where all you need is to pay a peso to enter house-like enclosures to see human beings with deformities and billed as such (i.e. the human dolphin) with their limbs like that of a dolphin. these were called freak shows
still, there were some who were viewed as freaks because of their physical attributes like the dwarves or those born without any appendages, deafs, blinds, mutes or simply those with polios.
it is easy to judge these people with disablities as freaks. but are they really freaks? are they really freaks of nature or simply individuals that were born unlike those of us who are complete and ‘normal’.
the way i see it, these people are not freaks. it may not conform to the proper definition of being a freak but still, these are people that didn’t choose to be born with physical aberration. these are normal people who are capable of rational thought and is capable of being productive in a most honest way.
lately, headlines in the local newspapers are filled with people who would push some new laws with their own agenda in mind. some headlines would display ‘normal’ people who would display irrational behaviour such as stealing funds from government coffers.
it is sad that these people who have high educational background would display irrational thoughts or behaviour.
one general who was tasked to manage funds for his organization was found skimming off money and bringing it to the US using his sons, no less, for this illegal act.
another general who was also tasked to manage funds for the Philippine National Police was caught in Russia, of all places, with an undetermined amount of money in his possession.
another general who violated every possible human rights just to further his fight against so-called enemy of the people.
a former president who has a penchant for merlot of the petrus brand who would play mahjong at the middle of the night with his cronies seemingly with governance not a part of his limited vocabulary.
then there was the zte deal. abalos, jdv, fg, gma and a lot more who have the intention of stealing people blind.
there was also the time when gma herself went on national television categorically stating that she will not run for another term only to renege on her promise and run winning with the help of garci.
and what about the senators outmaneuvering each other so that one or two of their colleagues won’t get the nod of people come 2010.
there were also local government officials caught for dealing large amounts of illegal drugs.
and what about the judges who would find some technical loopholes to release big time drug dealers.
government employees (from bir, bid, lto, etc) committing fraud and theft like there’s no tomorrow.
last but not least, the members of the lower house of congress. lately, these bunch of nincompoops are pushing for a constituent assembly to prolong gma’s stay on power whether it be the presidency beyond 2010 or changing the system of government so that gma can be voted as a prime minister.
well, we can go about enumerating all these shenanigans in our government and it won’t fit this blog.
so now, the big question is who are the real freaks? those who were born with disabilities or those who were not born with any physical defects but chose to ignore the rule of law as if they themselves were above the law.
the so-called freak shows of my childhood is nothing compared with what’s happening to our society now.
the fraud in the present administration is the real freak show. these shameless people in power who would flaunt their ill-gotten wealth and cling to power at the detriment of the public at large.
it’s one big freak show. and nobody’s enjoying it. when it will end is something only madame auring can predict.