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Community Organizing is a Vocation too!

Updated on September 1, 2010

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Community Organizing is a kind of calling too or a vocation, I believe. There must be a seed of restlessness in the heart of a young man or woman that makes him/ her view society differently from your ordinary guy or gal who thinks of finishing college to make a decent living, raise a family and save for old age. In the midst of worsening poverty, not many young people view solutions to poverty from a structural perspective. If young people do, their family and relatives caution them to go slow and just concentrate on their studies for the sake of their future.

What is this thing called “future”? The future seems to have been programmed for the young by society itself and whether we like it or not the programming is done day by day by the institutions of society – the family, the church, the school, the media and all other institutions or groupings that take a front seat in the daily formation of opinions on societal issues. What does the programming tell us? Take up a career that will make you earn well. In the programming, none is mentioned about the importance of organized efforts as a force that will make people think of life as always linked to society. So most of the successor generation of present societies live their lives outside of the evolution of the economic, political and cultural institutions. When societal problems get too much so that people can no longer live productive lives, these successor generation echo the thoughts of the older generation which is:  Blame the leaders of society. That’s how societal problems perpetuate themselves. That’s how history repeats itself. So the concept of a “future” is carved out by society itself from a utopian dream that is cut away from the daily grind of life that is supposed to be embedded in the concept of an accountable society.

Fortunately, there are still a number of young people who, despite the pressures of the rat race to get to the top economic bracket of society, get attracted to the idea of participating actively in the work of shaping society.  These young people do not usually get the needed pat on the back from their family and friends. Most of the time, these young people struggle it out to be respected if not accepted for the options they take at a particular period in their lives. The option for the poor is a path filled with controversies and financial hardships. Most parents do not want to see their sons and daughters who they saw through university end up living with the poor in blighted communities and doing community organizing work.

There are young people who feel very strongly that there is something wrong in society and that they want to be part of the alternative to the present state of affairs. These young people must have heard an inner voice telling them that community organizing is a logical thing to do in a sea of poverty issues. For some they call that inner voice a calling. For others they call it the result of a good and relevant education.

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    • franciaonline profile imageAUTHOR

      franciaonline 

      6 years ago from Philippines

      Hi singernurse,

      You're a treasure! Thank you for your comment on my hub. I was so touched reading between the lines of your idealism. Wow, Rizal was right when he said that the youth is the hope of the Motherland.You are our country's hope. More like you are badly needed by Inang Bayan right now. May God forever give you the inspiration you need in your art. May your music thrive!

      Have a great year ahead!

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      Tina Siuagan 

      6 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

      "These young people do not usually get the needed pat on the back from their family and friends. Most of the time, these young people struggle it out to be respected if not accepted for the options they take at a particular period in their lives." This statement struck me because I know I am amongst them.

      Almost six years ago, I was robbed with my hopes and dreams because my parents forced me to take up a degree I don't see myself making a career out of it. It was BS Nursing. Everyone believed (including them) that when you do become a nurse, you are assured of a brighter future because you get the chance to work and practice abroad. I can't blame them given the struggle we face in a thriving country such as ours. But for me, it was not a solution. I don't want to go abroad, I want to utilize my talents and skills and bring it all back to Inang Bayan.

      Now am pursuing my career as a musician. Leaving the nursing practice for a while is somewhat saddening in my part because I have grown a genuine love and RESPECT for the profession. My decision to deviate from such career path had earned me mockery and criticism from family and relatives. But then, so what? I don't want to live by the shadows of a stereotypical society they live in. My efforts are geared towards my emancipation from the strangling norms which govern their lives. I know I have much more to offer than that.

      "Wala kang mapapala sa mga ginagawa mo" they say. But in the depths of my mind, I know they are wrong. "Mas may mapapala pa ako kung gagamitin ko sa pagmulat ng mga kahenerasyon ko kung ano ang meron ako."

      You are a wonderful and talented person Ma'am. I am proud to be your kababayan! \m/

    • franciaonline profile imageAUTHOR

      franciaonline 

      7 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks for dropping by and leaving a kind comment!

    • Peter Owen profile image

      Peter Owen 

      7 years ago from West Hempstead, NY

      Takes a special person to get involved in community organizing. Good for you. nice post

    • franciaonline profile imageAUTHOR

      franciaonline 

      8 years ago from Philippines

      You always leave a comment on my hubs that you visit and I feel honored with your kind remarks! Thanks.

    • DjBryle profile image

      DjBryle 

      8 years ago from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =)

      I am so happy to read something like this on HP. I have been in this vocation too since I am an RN and we do community nursing and immersion. Part of it is finding ways to help the community stand on their own and improve their life. Thanks for sharing! Voted up! =)

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