“THE MOST INTERESTING THING ABOUT
KING CHARLES I IS THAT HE WAS 5’6″
TALL AT THE START OF HIS REIGN,
BUT ONLY 4’8″ AT THE END OF IT…
Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protecteur of England
If I was in charge (thank God I am not) , I would have a different way of solving the bus driving problem that endangers Metro Manila. You know the one they tried to fix by having a blessing and instituting the yellow line rule? It’s not original. In fact it will consult a source over 2,000 years old. The following is not taken from the actual book theÂ Art of War but from the biography of the author Sun Tzu by Ssu-ma Ch`ien. The pdf with this story is here .
Ssu-ma Ch`ien gives the following biography of Sun Tzu:
Sun Tzu Wu was a native of the Ch`i State. His ART OF WAR brought him to the notice of Ho Lu,  King of Wu. Ho Lu said to him: “I have carefully perused your 13 chapters. May I submit your theory of managing soldiers to a slight test?”
Sun Tzu replied: “You may.”
Ho Lu asked: “May the test be applied to women?”
The answer was again in the affirmative, so arrangements were made to bring 180 ladies out of the Palace. Sun Tzu divided them into two companies, and placed one of the King’s favorite concubines at the head of each. He then bade them all take spears in their hands, and addressed them thus: “I presume you know the difference between front and back, right hand and left hand?”
The girls replied: Yes.
Sun Tzu went on: “When I say “Eyes front,” you must look straight ahead. When I say “Left turn,” you must face towards your left hand. When I say “Right turn,” you must face towards your right hand. When I say “About turn,” you must face right round towards your back.”
Again the girls assented. The words of command having been thus explained, he set up the halberds and battle-axes in order to begin the drill. Then, to the sound of drums, he gave the order “Right turn.” But the girls only burst out laughing. Sun Tzu said: “If words of command are not clear and distinct, if orders are not thoroughly understood, then the general is to blame.”
So he started drilling them again, and this time gave the order “Left turn,” whereupon the girls once more burst into fits of laughter. Sun Tzu: “If words of command are not clear and distinct, if orders are not thoroughly understood, the general is to blame. But if his orders ARE clear, and the soldiers nevertheless disobey, then it is the fault of their officers.”
So saying, he ordered the leaders of the two companies to be beheaded. Now the king of Wu was watching the scene from the top of a raised pavilion; and when he saw that his favorite concubines were about to be executed, he was greatly alarmed and hurriedly sent down the following message: “We are now quite satisfied as to our general’s ability to handle troops. If We are bereft of these two concubines, our meat and drink will lose their savor. It is our wish that they shall not be beheaded.”
Sun Tzu replied: “Having once received His Majesty’s commission to be the general of his forces, there are certain commands of His Majesty which, acting in that capacity, I am unable to accept.”
Accordingly, he had the two leaders beheaded, and straightway installed the pair next in order as leaders in their place. When this had been done, the drum was sounded for the drill once more; and the girls went through all the evolutions, turning to the right or to the left, marching ahead or wheeling back, kneeling or standing, with perfect accuracy and precision, not venturing to utter a sound. Then Sun Tzu sent a messenger to the King saying: “Your soldiers, Sire, are now properly drilled and disciplined, and ready for your majesty’s inspection. They can be put to any use that their sovereign may desire; bid them go through fire and water, and they will not disobey.”
But the King replied: “Let our general cease drilling and return to camp. As for us, We have no wish to come down and inspect the troops.”
Thereupon Sun Tzu said: “The King is only fond of words, and cannot translate them into deeds.”
Despite being a practicing Catholic and an outspoken pro life advocate I will make the case for theÂ public beheading of any reckless bus driver that causes death. That will be a good start. From there work our way up to beheading for endangering the public but not actually causing death. If two or three bus drivers from a single bus line cause death then behead the general manager from that bus line simultaneously with the bus drivers. Leadership is everything.The buck has to stop somewhere. Maybe then will makeÂ the bus drivers and operators stop giggling like the concubines in the story.
We don’t need a yellow line rule nor public blessings, let some heads roll in public and I will guarantee you change. I don’t want any money or royalties from my idea . All I want is sole concession rights where this will take place. Gogs Great Eats concession stands all over the place. With lots of ketchup.
I can justify my stance within the framework of the Catholic Church.
2263 The legitimate defense of persons and societies is not an exception to the prohibition against the murder of the innocent that constitutes intentional killing. “The act of self-defense can have a double effect: the preservation of one’s own life; and the killing of the aggressor.
Do you anyone who has ever died from a reckless bus driver here in Manila? I am sure you at least know someone who does know someone killed by a bus driver. Whenever the topic comes up, there is always talk about the unwritten rule of bus lines. If someone is hurt by your driving make sure you take it all the way and end their life. Kill instead of injure , it’sÂ cheaper on the bottom line. A funeral is more economical for the bus lineÂ Â than long term hospital care.Â I can never prove it but here is a couple of more examples of that unwritten rule echoing in cyberspace.
If you find me extreme well the lives lost from bus driver recklessness are not coming back. Life is cheap in this country. The bus drivers and more importantly bus companies take life for granted and laugh at the idea of safety. We’ll see who laughs if my idea ever pushes through. If you are going to endanger lives then we will start with endangering yours.
In a lot of ways the bus driver culture and the fact that it is allowed to exist is indicative of many many things wrong with this culture. There really is something to operating a heavy vehicle. Like it’s an extension of you. Still at some point there should not be a disconnect with your humanity. Bus drivers treat pedestrians and lighter cars as gnats. I do admit that pedestrians do the drivers no favors by darting anywhere at anytime but that is the pinoy for you. They exist in chaos they themselves createÂ yet complain if you point out the obvious.
I have said many times KSP is the root of all evil. Â The drivers along Edsa like to believe that by using their piece of junk to intimidate others they are more macho. It really speaks to lack of consideration for your community, rudeness and entitlement. The fact that is accepted by the culture and law enforcement speaks more to who we are than a half Mexican in American Idol or Manny slugging it out in Las Vegas. For Pinoys the everyday reality is so ugly why not grasp at straws for escapism and false identity?
I don’t want to hear any of you bleeding hearts complaining to me that these guys are just trying to make a living. Yeah right, make a living by converting the living to the dead. If you still find my recommendation extreme sometimes third world problemsÂ require third world solutions.