• On Democracy: Surpassing Borderlines

I never had the chance to live in a non-democratic society. Back in the 2010's election, my eight year old self would be found singing along to the rhythm of candidatorial advertisement jingles. If somebody would ask me about my government preference way back, I would have questioned why our country has a Democratic type of government. Why not a monarchial one? With princesses, big gowns, and horses. I was very fond of those things and I did not think of the circumstances that might happen or the things that would have changed if our country (Philippines) would be under the power of blue-blooded royals.

As a citizen, I'm not really intrigued with the government system maybe because I let it be the way it is. however, unlike my prior answer, it seems to me that the democratic system would be fit for our country. At some point, I know that apathy is like surrendering ourselves to anything presented to us. Apathetical pursuit to political topics has lead us to being persons adrift the sea-- thinking that steady movements on the water would get us anywhere.

“Democracy is being allowed to vote for the candidate you dislike least.” - Robert Byrnes

There is no perfect candidate. Almost every one of them if not all has or had controversies after enlisting for their preferred positions. Politics may really be "messy". It can be something that ruins your image or character. It is something that digs out even the slightest dirt out of you but still, a number of individuals go through this either to serve or to earn. Truly, their is no precise way for us to determine the marred one from the others.

Without democracy, there would be less to no opportunity to support the leader that you want. I had seen my mother vote for the candidates that she decided to put trust into. The mere act of shading those ballots or entering a classroom to vote gave us much hope that those who had been voted would provide us security for a better future. At the very least, we knew even a slight glint of what's coming.

Certainly, the word freedom comes in deeper forms: as a privilege for the oppressed, as a challenge for those who have it, and as an ambrosia for the overpowered. Discreet political dynasties have been going on in some countries. Their bloodline continues to prosper into political success that usually leads to neglecting their responsibilities without the knowledge of the public. People who vote for the family tree of politicians may be wishing for one thing: that they would be different from the rest. However, a lot of people also believe that a family wanting to run and own several/ different positions will only drag all of the country's citizens to years of what seems like eternal downstate.

This is something we can lessen if we trust the power of democracy. Alexander Woollcott once said that democracy will not work on its own. We should be the ones to make it work.
One vote changes millions of lives.

With democracy, everyone (who is able to meet the requirements to vote) will be able to decide for his or her sake plus his or her family. The power will not be limited to an ancestry or to some people only. It can stop the widespread national problems or even risks that we are not yet aware that can damage our future.

To live in democracy means to have freedom to decide for yourself while having the responsibility of thinking of others' lives too. That is something big if you ask me; something that is crucial too. Come to think of it, each one of us will carry a burden on our backs if we decide to vote for someone who turns out to be selfish when they win. The only thing that could save us from mending a wound is to be cautious before it actually happens. A little show of security should not make us bow down to an unlikely leader.

It is important to live in democracy to give everyone his or her deserved set of choices in life. One can speak, act, or fight for rights. This year, I want to be more involved and more willing to talk about difficult topics like this because I learned that taking sides is an opportunity to get away from unwanted situations like regretting over spilt milk. I felt like I was always running away or switching to different topics when discussing about democracy or politically-related issues but I realized that I do not have to see those as subjects enclosed only to politics; it can be viewed as a subject to talk about if people are feeling concerned about their country or way of living.

If each of us can instill this concern to children, someday, democracy will work as a government type that will make us free of selfishness.

As a little girl, I dreamt of seeing princesses and being governed by kings in purple robes. I also wondered how it would be to live without a leader but as I grew older, those insights of mine soon developed to be just childish ideas. As I made thought of these, if I enjoy the privilege of democracy, I also have to treaure its span because no one knows how long it will last except for the president. I never lived out of it and I would not like to know how. Democracy is not just about being free. It is making the most rightful things when given the chance to enjoy the most beautiful rewards in the future. Vote for the sake of other people and they shall do that too. I could not afford to spend several years under a non-democratic government. I'm looking forward to the moment of my 20th birthday. At that time I will be able to vote and hopefully, I will use my own power for a better tomorrow.

Beatrice Valen V. Peñaflor
Saint Michael’s College of Laguna
High School

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