The problem about complacency

May 26, 2012

I just don’t get the way people complain about why their lives are very miserable. Or the way they protest against something because our country is very stagnant. Or even the way they wonder why they failed on something they have done. I don’t know if these people are just unaware, or they are pretending not to know the very root of all these thoughts. Complacency.

From our own homes, to school. From the school, to the outside world. And the outside world, to the government. No matter where you try to look at it, or in what perspective you view it, there will always be a bunch of people who were once complacent, who are complacent and probably will be forever complacent.

As a student, I will be a hypocrite if I say that once in my life, I’ve never been complacent. I can only count those times with my fingers, the times I have been. But at one point, I just had to ask myself, “Is this all I could ever do?” I wasn’t at all satisfied with the way I was doing in school. I was passing all my subjects, but I knew it was just not my best. Then I realized that my mind was wrong and I just had to get over that complacency.

The problem about complacency is that it eats up all of people’s potentials. It erases all could’ve beens and just gives you with something that “Oh, this is just okay.” Just enough. It tramples on your determination, of dreaming to have a life, a future that is possibly better, if not, the best.

See, the thing is, when asked, “What do you think is the worst problem of the Filipinos?” A few might answer, “Our government officials are so corrupt!” A few might even say, “There’s just too much poverty.” Some might add, “No matter what they say, there is inequality between the rich and the poor.” Oh, I could go on all day and retell to you what I’ve heard in my 19 years of existence. But you know what? I figured out that we should just stop putting the blame on everyone and ask ourselves, ” What is my worst problem?”

Complacency. Why do we have corrupt officials? Because most of the people don’t exercise their right to vote, because they know others have already voted, so why waste their “precious” time lining up to vote? Because they are complacent that even though they would not vote, others will. And some, if not most, of these people have the mind set, “What can my vote do? It’s just one ballot anyway.” Well, my friend, think twice. 1,000,000 votes can never be a million if it didn’t start with one.

Complacency. Why is there poverty? Because most of our less fortunate countrymen do not dream. They think that since they have been born in poverty, that they do not have the right to dream anymore. But why would they let the society rob them off with a precious right? So precious that it could help them have a better future. Because they are complacent as long as they can eat once or twice, or if they’re blessed enough, three times a day. As long as they don’t get wet, they are sick. As long as they can find a place to stay the night, they are okay. And what about those people who have “promised” more than a thousand times to help them? They are complacent that they have nothing to do with these people, as long as they are not harmed. Oh, will we still wait for them to harm us?

Complacency. Why is there inequality between the rich and the poor? Because most of our poor fellowmen just wait for “blessings”. They are like Juan Tamad. Waiting for that precious guava to just fall from the tree. But life is never that way. You can not earn something, unless you have worked hard for it. If you did, then you must have done something wrong. Because the rich are complacent that as long as they are not bankrupt yet, the poor will stay where they are and do not pose any threat to their wealth. Because the poor just sit around and be complacent as long as they survive.

People fail at life because of too much complacency. They fail in school because they were too complacent they still have the money to go to school whatever the grades they have in their class cards or certificate of grades. They fail in finding work because they are too complacent that there is still tomorrow. They fail in life because they were too complacent with themselves. They lose their drives in achieving what they could have possibly had with flying colors. Failure stems from stagnancy. And that stagnancy stems from complacency.

I am not telling you that ALL Filipinos are like this. I’ve been exposed for all I know, in news and current events. I have watched a lot of documentaries, read a lot of articles, flipped the pages of a few magazine and books. And it saddens me that for decades now, things have never changed. And so let me repeat with much emphasis.

The problem about complacency is that it eats up all of people’s potentials. It erases all could’ve beens and just gives you with something that “Oh, this is just okay.” Just enough. It tramples on your determination, of dreaming to have a life, a future that is possibly better, if not, the best.

You have to have a dream. You have to have faith that someday, you will be that dream if God wills it for you. If not, then He has something better in store for you. Will you still remain complacent despite the knowledge that if you continue to fail, you are bound to fail in life? It’s not yet too late. And battle is never over until the moment you give up and stop trying.

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  • Reply Anonymous May 26, 2012 at 7:46 am

    This is good. Splendid. 🙂 I'm pretty content with who or where I am in life today but you give me really interesting ideas. Thanks!

  • Reply shorebot May 26, 2012 at 10:11 am

    I cannot say if it's the lack of hope, or if it's apathy that kills the drive for people to push the limits of what they can do. We are taught from the beginning to be content with what we have, but I feel that this is a medieval mindset, and that we should push and see if we can go beyond what limits society falsely "expects" of us.

    At this point in life, we're still figuring things out and somehow that's a good thing. This is the time when we can still afford to make mistakes (without longterm consequences) and we should take advantage of that.

    I agree with you. There is always room for improvement. And people should realize that when they help themselves become better, they also gain the ability to help others.

    Anyway, thanks for the great read. Have a great weekend!

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