Wednesday, March 08, 2006

The Self-Anointed One

I had to make a special effort not to lose my breakfast when I read the Philippine Daily Inquirer's headline today.
'It's God's will that I am here'

Quote attributed to Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Honestly, I don't know what to say. Messiah complex is the first thing that comes to mind, and according to the Wikipedia,
Messianic complex is a psychological state in which the individual believes him/herself to be the saviour of the world.

I don't deny that some people are chosen by God for some special role, but an essential quality of these few is humility. And humility is indeed a prerequisite, because oftentimes, this calling is a great burden, one that calls for sacrifice and self-surrender.

As it is, who has this woman sacrificed if not the Filipino people, and at her own altar of ancestor worship and predestination?

My only comfort is this: the last time she made a similar announcement, the wrath of heaven came down on her.