Following the visit to Bantayog ng mga Bayani, which was our last CWTS session for the semester, I had developed a new perspective on the activism, or lack thereof, of our generation today. I realized that the generation, the circumstances we are in, the state of the economy, of the nation, and factors as such determine the magnitude of our actions; our radical efforts. It is not in whether we parallel the effort and strife undertaken by the previous generations, but with what we do with what we were left with. We should see to it that whatever they fought so hard for would not just fade to nothing, that we stay radical and fight for what we believe in, in whatever way we can; given the situation we are in.
It just so happened that the generation during Marcos’ regime had been unfortunate enough to be put in such position, which was more difficult, when compared to if the same instances were to occur today. But the severity of their situation is what led their generation, to do something extraordinary; because it was called for. And now that we have the said freedom they fought so passionately for, it is up to us to put it to good use and continue their legacy. I don’t see it necessary to have the take-it-to-the-streets type of rallies anymore, because we now have the power of social media. It is our job to put this to good use as a platform to voice out our concerns. We millennials lack awareness, we aren’t shaken or unsettled even the slightest bit and frankly, some of us just don’t care. That’s because we haven’t woken up to a brutal reality such as the one caused by Martial Law. Yes, the earlier generations had some sort of awakening in the form of the Marcos’ regime, but do we really need something as severe as that to happen before we start making an effort?
Ma. Bianca Ysabelle C. Kit