Man is not made a king to his fellows; he is created a brother to his kind. We provide ourselves with leaders so that for the sake of law and order we shall grow with governance.
However, the vest of sovereignty has contaminated the blood of man with vanity as well as inhumanity. Rulers, the greatest whom tyranny has ever known, shared similar glories and even similar downfalls. Today they only remain as yesterday’s fallen stones gone to the more fragile pages of history; and history may have reported to us that from bloody wars came successful changes. But wrong. Man’s early triumphs were imputed not in arms, but in their brotherhood, that is more than any nation’s sovereignty.
A monarch, a dictator, or a president may seem to be a man unified in himself. But being exposed to the evils of materialism, his soul can easily be torn by his follies and vices. A strong ruler endures the temptations of high office, deigning as a servant or humble brother to his followers. A weak sovereign on the other hand, is a defenseless prey against the threats over his self-integrity. Within him is a faction between his frustrated passions and confused ambitions. He himself is an anarchy of madness, insolence, hatred, greed, and cruelty, consuming the very bones of his being. He is a precarious little creature whose every stride of existence lies in the mercy of a united people.
Worried by the ominous French uprising the last of the dissolute Bourbons, King Louis XVI, ordered the closure of the Versailles from any assemblies. He was too bold to underestimate his people, who, although without a formal hall, were never hindered to gather and swore their brotherhood even in a tennis court.
Still, unless people learn to curb their egocentric ambitions and start caring for the common good, true unity cannot be attained. Subsequent to her victorious revolution France was swept with a political turmoil known as the Reign of Terror, just because of the ambitions of a few.
There were too, occasions where people failed as a result of dissension and inconsistent will. We could have achieved true independence had not Aguinaldo entered into a feud with Bonifacio. Likewise the Decembrists of Nicholas I’s Russia disintegrated because being intimidated they lacked consistent will. Neither cases displayed true acts of brotherhood.
Rulers are apt to assume that theirs is the absolute supremacy. Their ruin starts in this belief, and pride is but the fuse which blows despotism off to ashes. No domineering sovereign has endured the self-sustaining force of brotherhood, the fervor that is life in the veins of an ever-yearning people. Truly, for in this ever-yearning mass there is an idealism that shatters impediments, say poverty or oppression, through an unwavering perseverance and compassion which are man’s final footholds to freedom and joint progress. Did Marcos himself, possess the power to quell the voices of the free, after his tanks had all been trodden down by the overwhelming solidarity of the Filipinos?
But brotherhood is not entirely about reforms and revolts. It is also responsible for the continuance of life itself. It must always govern us through sharing, equality, truth, and understanding. Let the common aim (progress) drive us all into a single course whosoever authority we are subjected into, may he be a president, a minister, or a king. We can do ourselves what they cannot. If we could only overcome the elements impairing our unity, for instance politics and the like, we could advance independently under the bliss of freedom and grace of peace.
Dream and yearning are the ties that bind us all as brothers. Hence brethren we are not in flesh, nor faith, nor tongue, but in spirit. With this conviction no claw of tyranny nor tragedy is able to snap us loose from a steadfast resolution and vision of an ideal tomorrow.
Perhaps the truest brotherhood of man emerges mostly in the presence of war and crisis. Nonetheless it is a certain verity, that the resilience of such humble legion holds supremacy over all shores and nations. It has authority, by command of reason and justice, to destroy the oppressive and create a better system.
Tyranny can leave us bleeding, but with the blood that gushes down our skin is a boiling spirit waiting for the united powers of man to awake. It starts not in one man alone, but in a multitude whose hearts are beating for one common purpose; a universal yearning which forms out of these scattered souls one strong spirit of mankind, although forever struggling, but never defeated.#