Cory’s death has ignited anew the flame of yellow idealism: peaceful, participatory, progressive and pious not only in the religious sense but in being dutiful and true to one’s mission in life.
Hopefully, Cory’s yellow magic will stay in the consciousness of this forgetful nation, and become a powerful catalyst in next year’s biggest democratic exercise since the 1986 snap elections.
Yellow idealism should be easy to remember and it can be used to gauge people’s capacity to serve in the government, whether in the local or national level; by election or by appointment.
Peaceful abhors war, armed conflict, private armies, extrajudicial killings, human rights abuses, environmental destruction, internal displacement, criminality, drugs, domestic violence and other acts by any person, group or by the state against basic human dignity. This is also about reconciliation but only after contrition. Finally, peace is about social justice- land for the landless, imprisonment for the corrupt, education for the unschooled, jobs for the jobless.
Participatory means democratic and vice versa. Unlike the current dispensation where dissent is muzzled and the people’s choice is manipulated, Yellow idealism should promote openness and genuine dialogues between and among stakeholders. Yellow idealism stems from voluntary acts of righteous anger or sincere celebration of pleasure, not of hakot crowd and never of endless PR spins and false advertisements.
Progressive is about going up and moving forward. Not the rich getting richer but the poor elevating themselves from the pit. In the words of Bamboo (or is it Noel Cabangon/ Buklod ):
Hindi pula’t dilaw tunay na magkalaban/Ang kulay at tatak ay di syang dahilan/Hangga’t marami ang lugmok sa kahirapan/At ang hustisya ay para lang sa mayaman/Habang may tatsulok at sila ang nasa tuktok/
Di matatapos itong gulo
Lastly, pious is about strength in character- trustworthy, honest, and hardworking, all for the good of the country.
Who from among the presidentiables have the Yellow Idealism in their hearts?
(Above photos were taken during the funeral procession aka cortege of former president Cory Aquino along Roxas Boulevard in Manila en route to the Manila Cathedral today, 03 August 2009 at around 3:00 PM)