Friday, March 13, 2009

Forgotten and Unappreciated

Why did our ancestors fight for our independence? Presumably, it was because they wanted a better future for their beloved country and countrymen. Ironically, once the independence was won, their sacrifices rapidly faded from the memory of the very people they were fighting for.

Those very people prefer to busy themselves with fights to win the biggest portion of whatever wealth, power and other benefits they could grab for themselves. Wealth, power, and advantages which were bought with the bloods, lives and tears of our fallen, maimed and surviving heroes, most of whom now live in a very poor condition.

They are left to fend for themselves when they are no longer in shape to do so. When they have no one else to turn to, the very country and people they were defending and fighting for also turned their collective ungrateful backs on them.

It’s heartbreaking to see an elderly who still has to slave over and worry about their next meals. It hurts just to imagine how lonely and bleak the future might be for them.

How could we talk about humanity, conscience, and other values when we let our seniors wander on the street unattended? How could we talk about a better future when we conveniently forget those who forgot about themselves for our sake have no future to talk about?

It’s appalling how our country/government treats those who serve it. It’s an outrage to see those in power compete to enrich themselves while the very people they suppose to serve live a subsistence existence. It’s shameful that no body cares enough to fight for their cause.

What do they get every time we celebrate our independence day? How many people even remember that some of our heroes are actually still alive?

We should be ashamed that they live long enough not to enjoy the benefit of what they were fighting for but to know that they have been forgotten.

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