My favorite book series growing up was A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. I had to re-read it last semester for an English class and I couldn’t help but notice how many parallelisms the 13 books had with our political system.
For those who aren’t familiar with the series, it’s basically about the unfortunate lives of the three Baudelaire orphans, Violet, Klaus and Sunny, whose parents died in fire and them figuring their way out of the evil hands of their new guardian Count Olaf.
Count Olaf embodies the power-hungry and corrupt politicians in office. He will stop at nothing to get a hold of the Baudelaire fortune, the same way these politicians will stop at nothing to get the money every Filipino has worked so hard for.
The children represent various sectors in our society like the educated, the professionals, and the youth because they know that Count Olaf is untrustworthy and greedy and all they want to do is escape from him and his evil schemes. Last election, they chose leaders they thought would actually serve them well and they weren’t just dazzled by their empty promises and catchy campaign tunes.
It’s disheartening to say that the Philippine political system is like a series of never ending unfortunate events because of the Count Olafs in office. It definitely wasn’t easy for the Baudelaires to escape Count Olaf’s evil clutches. In fact, it took them 13 books to do so. Though it’s a sad reality that this is how our government works, the fact that the Baudelaire’s story ended quite happily means that there is hope for our country. It won’t be easy, it will definitely take a lot of time, but it’s possible for us to have a happy ending.