Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Today's Headline

My father loves watching news. I don’t.
.Each time my father turns on the tv, he would switch the channel to ANC or DZMM for current events and latest news report. Not that I don’t want to listen or know what’s happening in the nation or the world, I am just tired of seeing endless senate investigation about various anomalies, which in the end no one gets punished. I also couldn’t stand hearing stories about house fire which resulted to the demise of two innocent children; rape, sex scandal and marital abuse; murder such as massacre, criminal homicide, and assassination of a dignified man; accidents caused by vehicular mishap, medical negligence and natural calamities. I frequently imagine myself being in those situations and it scares me to death.
.I sometimes ask myself why the televiewers have to witness a picture of a child being drowned by his/her own blood because he/she was killed by his own father. Where is the father’s conscience? Did his soul fly away while doing the heinous crime? Did he lose his values somewhere else?
. Why do we have to find out government financial irregularities when several witnesses fearlessly testified for the truth to come out and yet no one is proven guilty of the offense? Graft and corruption, for me, is a serious misdeed. Every citizen of this country is a victim. Even those who are still inside their mother’s womb are already being punished by supposedly public servants who only work for their self-interest.

Don’t you feel sorry for people who died in a sunken ship because of human carelessness? The ship crew knew that the vessel can only carry a maximum of 2000 people and yet 4000 passengers fleeted during storm signal no. 4. How would you explain such thing to the family of the casualties?
In difficult circumstances such as those I mentioned above, there seems to be no good word/s to ease the pain of a person mourning for the loss of a loved one. In my other post I said “There are situations in life that we may not be able to change or beyond our control. But it doesn’t mean we can’t do anything to transform or improve the course of event.” Apparently, we cannot change the events that already happened. If the episode is something nice and gratifying, we naturally feel blissful. Otherwise, if it is something unpleasant or horrible, I don’t think there is a person, in his right mind, would wish to witness the same occurrence again. I don’t think we would want to be devastated for the same reason/s (although it seems to me that that is always the case).

Friends, when are we going to learn from our bad experiences? Let’s not be stubborn. We can’t have a deaf ear all the time and assume that everything is going to be fine. Let’s listen to what the news are telling us even though we don’t want too because certainly there is a hidden essential message to every story. No matter how bad the report is, it is still a source of something to contemplate on if we want a change in our lives and in the society. And hopefully this change is for the betterment of the entire humanity and the future generation.

In the scripture, we are ordered to love God above all things and the second commandment is to love our neighbors (Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind; and Love your neighbor as you love yourself.” Luke 10:27). As human being and as a son of God, we have a responsibility to take care of each other. The ultimate evidence of loving God is by loving others and by trying to be like Jesus on earth. If there are things that are beyond our control, it’s because we are being taught to become conscious of the needs of others and everything that is around us; we are being persuade to unite so we could fill up what is lacking; we are being reminded that each and every human being has a significant role to play in this journey called life.

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