Probability theory and statistics deals with variance and deviations. Researchers apply such theory and measure when they intend to determine the distribution of values, traits, and characteristics of their population or samples in their study. In statistics standard deviation measures variability or dispersion of a statistical population. Social researchers are very passionate about measuring people’s idiosyncrasies and congruities and similarly predict if such traits may have a unifying or disjunctive elements in them.
One of the most explored and studied area in socio-behavioral science is “human variability” which is defined as the possible values for any measurable characteristic, either physical or mental of human beings. Individual differences make human experience interesting in as much as inasmuch as the social value put on by the society on this differences affect every aspect of a person’s life. While most society respects individual differences they also put premium on human abilities, social standing, accomplishments, power, possessions, connections, interests, human compassion, etc. Related to human variability is social deviation which can be defined as a departure to social norms, deviant behavior or attitude, and divergence from accepted political policy or party line.
The last time I talked on the subject of human variabilities and social deviations was when I was invited as a resource speaker on Change Management for Youth Leaders. During the open forum we discussed about society’s role in “change system” where positive valuing is necessary to bridge gaps brought about by individual differences and social deviation in promoting people unity and social transformation. What people need to live in peace, harmony and prosperity is to aspire for common goals and sacrifice/set aside a portion of their self-interest and personal ambitions.
Such concept (on human variabilities and social deviations) came to my mind again when Noynoy Aquino finally declared he is running for president. Many people particularly Cory’s supporters (Noynoy’s as well) obtrude their hopes on him to unite the opposition and the people and win the presidential race and implant a nucleus of reform and social transformation. This is quite exasperating as people look at him as the chosen one since the first day of his declaration to lead in the presidential race; the question can he deliver?
Never mind if he went on spiritual retreat at a Carmelites convent, forget all about Malacanang’s pronouncement that they’re not bothered on Noynoy’s running for president because the influx of support for his candidacy may weaken as soon as the the euphoria of symphaty and admiration associated with Cory’s death subsides. What matters here, do the other opposition groups trust Noynoy and his party? Will the other strong contenders like Manny Villar who already spent a large sum of money on his political ads yield to the clamor of the Liberal Party for one standard bearer (that is Noynoy) for the opposition? Villar’s spokesperson already stated their position in the negative. And what about Erap’s (former president Estrada) camp, will his group (still sour and bitter to personalities and groups who helped depose president Estrada who now swarm around Noynoy) heed the great call for unity? Even “Jobama” (Makati Jejomar Binay) pledged to bridge communication line between As Loren Legarda (who is also aspiring to run for presidency) said, the more candidates fielded in the presidential race the merrier. And this is a great news to the Malacanang folks who are endeared with wide fragmentation of the opposition because it’s going to be a sure win for their annointed (kung sino man siya) candidate. Malacanang’s divide and rule tactics is always at play to ensure that no candidate (from the opposition) who is against the president win.
Further complicating Noynoy’s candidacy is his lack of accomplishments and a good track record as a politician to boast. As we said earlier most societies (people) put premium on abilities (political leadership) and accomplishments (track record) to garner acceptability. This early he already caused eyebrow rising when he said he would run after the Marcoses’ wealth and to impose political will in enforcing the laws and upgrade the judicial system. One critic said if the mom could not even do it during her term howe could the son do it too?
I hope Noynoy did not fail to note during his spiritual retreat that it would be a monstrous task to unite this country and the people. He needs more than spiritual discernment to embark on political reform, social change, and development. He needs corporate and political skills, political will, party/people’s support, courage, charisma, and “nerve of steel” to lead this country laden with poverty, corruption, and injustices. People should perceive him as one capable leader who has the ability of his own not just pying on the popularity of his parents. And to do it, he should start with his party; to unite the fragmented Liberal Party.
Noynoy and people behind him should realize that the mean problem in removing roadblocks to political unity is bridging political variabilities and deviations. All the opposition party he is dealing with have their own political agenda, organizational policies, personal interests, financial needs, following, charters and primers, political culture and tradition, etc. With this how probable could the opposition be united so that it will only be Noynoy who shall be fielded as the opposition bet for the 201o Presidential Election?
Akin to political integration is accomodation and compromise. For one thing, not all people behind you are there seeking only political refoms, many have ulterior motives behind. Is Noynoy ready to compromise? If so, how will this affect his personal/family political values? This is something worth watching, abangan ang susunod na kabanata.