The good thing about reunions-A A +A
Friday, February 24, 2012
HIGH school reunions are fun that’s why many come, especially those who think they are successful professionals or financially well off in business.
But to those who think they are failures in life do not come at all, for they are too ashamed to face their school mates or classmates.
From my viewpoint, I think reunions can only be meaningful if a foundation is established purposely to help classmates to have their children get educated or have a decent shelter or if they get sick, then it is the foundation that foots the bill, regardless of religious affiliations or even if one is ‘godless’ or a free thinker.
One also can get assisted by a pro bono lawyer when they get an illegal termination, harassed or intimidated by anyone, especially from irresponsible employers or even by agents of the law.
Reunions can then be meaningful and has reason. To meet even once a year but short of this, then there is no justification for reunions.
That’s why every time some classmates call for a reunion of our 1957 class gathering of the Misamis Oriental High School (now MOGHS), I seldom attend, if at all I attend.
The Senate Impeachment Court is beginning to be a one-man show of Johnny Ponce Enrile, where whatever he rules upon, every Senator complies. No one dares question him. Seemingly they are cowed by the brilliance of the man which to my mind such canine like subservience is degrading and demeaning. Even the senior senators who are lawyers are too timid for comfort.
The impeachment court is a collegial body. So everyone is equal even to the Senate President, its Presiding Officer. I hope that this will be realized by the Senators for at this stage of the trial, they looked tragically helpless, and the prosecution too.
My favorite parable of all the many parables of Jesus is the Good Samaritan. I find it a classic example of what a religious follower should be having that appropriate attitude, whether Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist and others who believe in a God.
Today, there is a lot of religious prejudice between Muslims and Christians and Christians against Muslims, that some religious tensions are felt in big cities where Muslims are found who simply are professionals or just traders.
I’m shocked to hear from educated Christians, some of them saying that you can’t trust a living Muslim.
Many times in my life, some of my close friends are Tausugs, Maranaos and Maguindanaos, especially during my collegiate sojourns in Manila and Dumaguete City where I finished my Bachelor of Arts course and my law course in Silliman University.
I find my Muslim friends trustworthy, loyal and gentle, who I can trust even for my life.
To end Mindanao’s problem on peace and order, it’s a must that we understand each other, that Mindanao is not for Muslims alone or Christians alone, but for all well-meaning persons, law abiding citizens, united for peace and God fearing men.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on February 24, 2012.