IT WAS with sadness and sorrow that I read of the death of former Philippine president Corazon Aquino. Death lends us pause, visits us with grief and wonderment, reminds us of our fleeting presence here and eternity beyond. Death lends us pause to remember, to reflect, perchance even forget.
We should remember Corazon, pictured, as a rare woman unchanged by power. She remained without pomp or guile, and needed no ceremony.
We must be proud of people like Corazon, who suffered and fought a gallant fight. We must remember them and keep alive the history of the noble movement for human and global freedom in the minds of the young. A fight for liberty is the noblest memory a people can have, a possession to cherish forever.
Let us realise that if freedom was worth fighting for two decades ago, it is still worth fighting for. Therefore, if we are sincere we must carry on until humanity is free.
The blazing torch of liberty has been tossed at us and if we do not hold it high, we deserve all the degradation and slavery that will follow.
When Aquino died, humanity wept. We have the astonishing phenomenon of a revolution led by an icon.
The name of Aquino has become synonymous with rights and justice. Toward this end it has become an inspiration to millions of oppressed people and has kindled the light of liberty.
May Aquino's memory inspire humanity in their march towards liberty and justice and may the idea of mutual understanding prevail over violence and fatalism.
Farouk Araie, Benoni