Yesterday. The year began with A Philippines that works, beginning a journey that took it to a bloody war. PCOS almost failed and everyone breathed a sigh of relief that our real world Blackest Night ended, just as the comics one did, ushering in, brightest day.
The journey ended in an inaugural address that promised to carry the torch forward. “The dream starts to become a reality,” the Second Aquino President said.
The opening salvo of course was the Wang Wang that set the tone for a new Administration. So began our own real world Brightest Day. It was good start.
For awhile the world was at peace.
The honeymoon ended on 23 August when a lone gunman took hostage several tourists. The botched hostage rescue brought to the foreground, a nation’s shame.
Too many faux pas like the August 23 failed hostage rescue, Palace intrigue, Social Networking snafu threatened to overshadow the Administration’s success like the successful signing of the millennium challenge corporation compact signing; the passage and signing of the General Appropriation’s Act of 2011, the government’s enhanced K12 Basic Education Program.
In between our war at home, and the inaugural, Science Fiction became a reality.
Steve Jobs and Apple changed the world.
iPad took the world. In less than a year, it has revitalized the publishing business. It changed the way we looked at computers, permanently. The moment iPad stepped off the assembly line and into the hands of users would forever be the moment that the guard changed from a world of the PC, to the Age of Augmented Humanity as espoused by Android, iPhone and now iPad.
Yesterday in Tech also ushered in the future of the notebook.
In 2010 the world took stock of Wikileaks, which threatened to unravel International relations, but consensus remain that Wikileaks did not redefine geopolitics.
It doesn’t mean that in 2010, there wasn’t any clear and present danger of Cyber War. Stuxnet became the world’s publicly known digital warhead.
Oh, and the New York Times recognized Leo Laporte’s podcasting empire.
Facebook became a nation with 500 million users. Twitter became the newswire.
The year 2010 saw Kaley Cuoco as Wonder Woman; that’s Penny from the Big Bang Theory.
The banana peel was hilarious.
And a chapter ended in Grant Morrison’s Definitive Batman Opus.
Dick Grayson, once and former Boy Wonder is still Batman.
Of course, there were many more big story arcs of 2010.
Flipping back to the more serious realm of politics, the Truth became harder to find, with the Supreme Court striking down the Truth Commission. It was quickly followed by the acquittal of Hubert Webb, and many questioned on whose side is the Supreme Court on anyway.
In recent days, the NTC made known its intent to call for a Broadband Cap, a fight, NTC Director Edgardo Cabarios said was as a fight against illegal use of the Internet. Service providers can give their best effort, and Internet users are subjected to not just slow internet but a limited one at that.
With it, I believe we must redefine what the Internet is, and we must look at it holistically.
If at the beginning of 2010, the nation was filled with anxiety, today, as gunpowder fills the air, a nation is much more relaxed. The fireworks that lit the sky does not herald impending doom. There is much hope in the air. Oh, yes, the challenges of tomorrow are very much real. There are many more things to fix. Today, it is an imperfect government. Very much imperfect, but our nation is much more relaxed as the banging noise of New Year is shared with friends and family.
And the food coma continues.
Technology continues to accelerate.
Seriously speaking, the national budget passed for the first time in 11 years, before the calendar year began so tomorrow is a new day. As we look towards 2011, the choice is now clear. It must be a choice between taking the tentative steps towards national greatness, or continue on with a dedication of mediocrity.
Tomorrow, every Filipino waits upon what Aquino would do. A whole nation looks to see what he would do. And his government cannot fail that trust.
But what of we citizens? Shall we awaken to an Age of Reason? Shall we temper our reason, not with religion, but with real faith?
“They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary.”
For tomorrow, for both Aquino and for each Filipino are new and old challenges. Tomorrow is a frontier largely unequal, still unstable, and continuously unsustainable. The guard changed and it is now time to answer questions of poverty and incapacity. We cannot look to the safe mediocrity of the past nor be satisfied by good intentions, and high rhetoric alone.
We can no longer afford to be a tired nation.
Tomorrow requires imagination. We need courage. We need patience. We need to persevere.
Shall we be equal to the test?
Shall we not be weary?
Shall we then prevail?
Image: Justice League of America volume 3, issue 0, page 26, used under fair use.