by: Jesus V. Sison
“The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body... and God has put each part just where he wants it.”
Proclamations of winning candidates on the recently concluded national and local elections were made. Except for the presidency, vice presidency and partylists, the nation had already identified who will lead and administer for her in the next 3 or 6 years. Different emotions and opinions swirl around as expectations were either met or unfulfilled depending on whose side the person is - either on the winning or losing side of the candidates. Plans and contingency measures are in place for execution. However, inclusivity must be taken into consideration as we need every person and every resource to build the nation. In order to move on and carry the nation, restoration and assurances must take place. National healing must ensue as we establish the principle that we need to cooperate and work together. This is interdependence.
As new elected administration or a fresh mandate for most of them while this pandemic lingers around, the best way to understand and cope with the new season of our nation is to develop this ‘better new-normality’ together. It is by sharing our experiences and perspectives to learn from each other. We have to continuously pursue our shared values, vision and mission. We become collaborators in how we’re going to navigate new frontiers in this chapter of our history. The presence of a significant degree of involvement, clear rules of engagement and delineation of responsibilities as commitments among the citizenry are also important. This will allow us to work better, individually and collectively, to achieve our goals. We pro-actively respond to change and we build the nation. We implement strategies by acknowledging each other’s’ gifts, strengths and weaknesses. We complement, support and complete one another. Altogether, we evolve with progress as it requires encompassing societal growth and maturity. We all have a mindset and a plan agreeing not just being accountable, but in loving care in how we labor together as we honorably connect with each other.
As an analogy of Saint Paul, he mentioned that the human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. Though there are many body systems with different organs, tissues and functions, it is still one single human body. The body has many different parts, not just one part. Thus, for an emphasis, the foot cannot say that it is not a part of the body because it’s not a hand. It does not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear says it is not part of the body because it’s not an eye, same thing, it would not make it any less a part of the body. “If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear? Or if your whole body were an ear, how would you smell anything?” But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where He wants and purposed it to be. “Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.” In essence, we are all Filipinos and we only have one Nation - the Philippines to build and care for. We may have come from different regions with different tribes, dialects, customs, traditions and religions; we are one and the same- a Filipino, borne and planted in this blessed land. We should be one and connected to allow healing in all aspects of our society to flow and manifest. We need to stick together and never destroy each other. We need to build together and not divide. We need to be inclusive and not exclusive. As the prayer song goes (in tagalog): “Walang sinuman ang nabubuhay para sa sarili lamang.” No human being is like an island that can stand alone, we cannot exist to be like a hermit; independent we may be but we still depend on each other. We need each other.
As God put the body together to grow and function as one, we are designed to harmoniously grow, function and work together. We must care, honor, protect and labor for each other. This is interdependence made concretized and manifested as we see our nation transformed, healed and rebuilt for many generations to come.
CRFV Winning Team
A company of men and women who have committed their lives to the cause of national transformation.