Now that it is poltical season in the Philippines, it is quite important for us voers to know the difference between the camapign period and reality. Being aware of this distinction can speel the difference between heaven and hell.
Here is a widely circulated anecdote on camapaigns and reality:
While walking down the street one day, a politician is tragically
hit by a truck and dies.
His soul arrives in heaven and is met by St. Peter at
"Welcome to heaven," says St. Peter. "Before
you settle in, it seems there is a problem. We seldom see a high official around
these parts, you see, so we're not sure what todo with you."
"No problem, just let me in," says the senator.
"Well, I'd like to, but I have orders from higher up. What we'll do is have you spend one day in hell and one in heaven. Then you can choose where to spend eternity."
"Really, I've made up my mind. I want to be in heaven," says the senator.
"I'm sorry, but we have our rules."
And with that, St.Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down,
down, down to hell.
The doors open and he finds himself in the middle of a green golf course.
In the distance is a clubhouse and standing in front of it are all
his friends and other politicians who had worked with him.
Everyone is very happy and in evening dress. They run to greet him, shake
his hand, and reminisce about the good times they had while getting rich at the expense of the people.
They play a friendly game of golf and then dine on lobster, caviar and champagne.
Also present is the devil, who really is a very friendly guy who is having
a good time dancing and telling jokes.
They are all having such a good time that before the politican realizes it,
it is time to go.
Everyone gives him a hearty farewell and waves while the elevator rises...
The elevator goes up, up, up and the door reopens in heaven where St. Peter
is waiting for him, "Now it's time to visit heaven."
So, 24 hours pass with the senator joining a group of contented souls
moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp and singing.
They have a good time and, before he realizes it, the 24 hours have gone by
and St. Peter returns.
"Well, then, you've spent a day in hell and another in heaven. Now choose
The politician reflects for a minute, then he answers: "Well, I would never
have said it before, I mean heaven has been delightful, but I think I would be better off in hell."
So St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down,down, down to
Now the doors of the elevator open and he's in the middle of a barren land
covered with waste and garbage. He sees all his friends, dressed in rags,
picking up the trash and putting it in black bags as more trash falls from
above. The devil comes over to him and puts his arm around his shoulders.
"I don't understand," stammers the senator. "Yesterday I was here and there
was a golf course and clubhouse, and we ate lobster and caviar,
drank champagne, and danced and had a great time. Now there's just a
wasteland full of garbage and my friends look miserable.
The devil smiles at him and says, “Yesterday we were campaigning ......
Today, you justed voted!”
"So, welcome to reality."
The lesson is, know the difference between campaign and reality.
Better still, one lection day, choose wisely
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