Have some Perspective for breakfast.
The least we can do is to pray or offer good thoughts and whispers for those who lost their lives yesterday.
The most we can do is be more aware of what’s happening around us, whether it’s sensationalized by the media or not, whether it’s topping twitter or facebook trends or not, whether it’s in Metro Manila or not.
I have always believed that our country can only protect and nurture us - her citizens - as much as we protect and nurture her. The Philippines is what we, Filipinos, make it to be.
Yesterday’s hostage taking was indeed a tragedy. But so are all the silent crimes committed every single day, on the shanty-lined roads that we pass, under bridges and overpasses, in farmlands and in the mountains. What saddened me most last night was how people were reacting, how some instantly wanted to leave the Philippines, how others made fun of the situation, how many felt embarrassed for the country. Really, that’s how you’re going to react to it?
How shallow can we get?
Last night’s tragedy indeed warrants our sincerest concern and, now, prayers, but truly, are we all that blind to what has been happening in our country day in and day out? How come many of the people who were commenting on how sad the situation is of our country never said anything about all the injustices committed everyday before all this happened (not that they said anything about these injustices last night anyway)? After tweeting and posting on facebook, what will you do now?
A week or a month from now, will we all go back to our routine lives, oblivious and ignorant to the everyday tragedies happening right in front of us? Last night was a sensationalized manifestation of the everyday ills of our country. Does everything need to be sensationalized for us to care?
Offer a prayer, observe a moment of silence and reverence, and then think more, think deeply, and reflect on why this happened and what we can do about it, however indirect. Because the truth is, we are all in a tourist bus, held hostage by our own apathy and ignorance.
The poverty that surrounds us everyday, the inequalities, the injustice, the ignorance, the apathy. Those are the things we should really be raving mad about, everyday, on twitter, on facebook, in coffee shop conversations, in blogs, in our minds, in our work. I know I need to work on refocusing a lot of my energy in addressing these issues. There are a lot more battles to be fought.
Offer a prayer, observe a moment of silence and reverence, and then let’s do our part in making our country better.
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