Involvement is divine

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By Nef Luczon


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

“I know I have a purpose in life. The price may be high but the path I’ve chosen is the one meant for me. It’s my destiny.” – Emad Burnat, from the 2011 award-winning documentary, Five Broken Cameras


There are times that no matter how hot and interesting the news items proliferating in mass media, and how much you would like to gobble them in to stay tune, still you find these less attractive anymore that you find them a complete bore.

What’s really “new” in news when the patterns remain similar and predictable, if not the same? And then you prefer patronizing the lighter and sometimes the nonsensical instead, or rather the better option: be isolated in a remote area for quite a time and let no communication from the polluted society that we came from and maybe by that time we can finally appreciate the beauty of the world (but watch out for storms).

But can we really not care at all? For the time being, we may ignore what’s happening for our own health, but evading it is another story.

Here’s why: The effects of typhoon Yolanda alone is something not to be ignore with, other than the weeping mayor who might have undergone a supersonic pressure on how to cope with a city that still needs more rehabilitation and deaths under its sleeves than what the national government perceived as “easy.”

Then always remember Janet Lim-Napoles, who could have used a lot of alleged funneled pork barrel funds to something good like helping the survivors of the typhoon, but it can be an early gift for them if justice will smite upon those who have found guilty in partaking such abomination in Philippine government’s history.

And here’s for a novelty item: “Yolanda” and “Napoles” now come in firecracker variants to greet the New Year, but common sense dictates that it’s still better to look forward in 2014 with whole limbs.

Meanwhile, stories within our backyard should simply not to be ignored, but this is sometimes the sad reality, only few cares about “local” stories. But these should not be given some blind eyes:

The issue on coal-fired power plants in Misamis Oriental is still brewing between environmentalist citizen groups and the provincial government, while admittedly the purple lanterns in McArthur Park gives an eerie feeling as if you are in the planet Pandora, the home to the indigenous humanoids, the Na’vis in the Avatar movie.

But “’tis the season to be jolly,” they say, and indeed it’s also the season for predators elsewhere.

The other night, a neighbor was robbed inside the comforts of his apartment and no one would suspect the culprit until the victim called for help. It was quite a long story, but apparently these culprits are taking the advantage of the joyful season where some are bringing in their bonuses out from their whole year of painstaking labor.

Then why should we care of all these and be actively involved of what’s going on around us? Simple: we are Filipino citizens it’s our responsibility to keep watch of what’s going on in our country.

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Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on December 11, 2013.


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