By now, we already know that the Filipinos are mourning with the death of our former President Cory Aquino. Let me add my thoughts on top of the thousand bloggers that already expressed theirs.
Let’s talk about legacy, shall we.
Legacy, in my opinion, is so powerful it can affect the lives of others even after we die. And legacy is something that we normally don’t plan. For most people, legacy is not a one shot deal, it’s not created by a single event in their life. A lasting legacy is created by the kind of life you live. It is the series of decisions we made, right or wrong, that form part of our legacy.
Good or bad, our legacy affects our love ones, our community, or even a whole generation. Think about Jose Rizal and Hitler and Billy Graham (still alive) and Michael Jackson. Each of them left (or will leave) a legacy that has affected us.
President Cory was not the best president that we had. She’s not extra ordinary. Not a brilliant economist or a strong military leader.
Rather, she is known for her love for peace, her passion for democracy.
We did not become a tiger economy during her term, but because of her determination and right choices, we were able to grow the economy from being at its worse after the dictatorship.
She was known to be the “least corrupt” president. No hidden bank accounts, no AMARI scandals, no jueteng scandals, no ZTE scandals. Money maybe important, but it wasn’t her god.
She was honest. She know where she stands. She knows her weaknesses and admits it.
She was humble and didn’t even know it. I hate to make this blog a political one, but I can’t help but compare her to our sitting president. Yesterday, I watched her last SONA on YouTube and there was some very significant differences with GMA’s “last”. Let me share some:
Cory: “I accept the criticisms poured on me painful as they are as part and parcel of the hazards of public service.”
GMA (current president): “To my critics… don’t pussy foot”
Cory: “Next year, I will step down… Maraming salamat sa inyong lahat, at paalam”
GMA: “After I step down from this platform, I’M STILL THE PRESIDENT” (As if we don’t know that!)
Legacy. What will be Cory’s? What will be Gloria’s? What will be yours?
The kind of legacy that we will leave when we die is the choice that we can make while we’re still alive.