Editorial: Hopeful Filipinos

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

THE yearend nationwide survey of Social Weather Station (SWS) proved once more the resilience of the Filipinos. Conducted on Dec. 11 to 16 last year, survey results showed that 94 percent of Filipinos entered the new year with hope. The figure is slightly higher than the 92 percent who were hopeful when they welcomed 2012.

Consider that 2013 saw the holding of two well-contested elections, the violent Zamboanga siege, the magnitude 7.2 earthquake that rocked Bohol and Cebu and super typhoon Yolanda that hit areas in the Visayas. These would have triggered worries that pulled down survey results.

But not Filipinos. Or the overwhelming majority of us.

Despite all the blows, many of us continue to see the bright side of things, which can partly be attributed to our resilience as a people. We don’t want to be weighed down by negative thoughts, in the process strengthening our resolve to go forward.

The SWS survey results must have surprised those who misinterpreted the mindset of Filipinos, or those who portrayed people who survived calamities, both natural and man-made, as helpless victims.

In the early phase, for example, of the coverage of Yolanda’s devastation of Tacloban City, the image formed was that of people thoroughly paralyzed by the devastation.

That supposedly included all officials of the city government.

That was far from the truth because many people immediately stood after they fell and started rebuilding their shattered lives. The least affected by the typhoon reached out to the most affected and showed their humanity amidst the devastation.

Outside of the typhoon-hit areas, efforts to help the survivors drowned the hurling of vitriol and the blame throwing by the few.

Results of the same SWS survey also showed that negativity has been limited to a noisy few who see fault in everything, especially what government has been doing. Majority still see positive things in the way government is being run.

So the next time you feel that this country is going to the dogs, look around you and wallow in the hope that many of our people, even those victimized by calamities, continue to hold on to.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 03, 2014.


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