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By Erma M. Cuizon

Sunday Essays

Saturday, April 12, 2014


NEWS is part of our day whether we work in a newspaper and sell them, or buy and read them, and begin the waking up time with them. And in most of the running minutes up to hours, we take the bad news as part of the day, like taking the day’s bad bread in a bad morning’s cooking.

From that part of the morning, we go on with the day’s chores or work, hiding what hurts about bad news, then going on with life.

And bad news will always be there.

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Take news even only of recent road accidents in Cebu—like that of the students of the National Boljoon High School three of whom died. They were skipping on the roadside on their way home from school when a vehicle driven by a medical representative hit them. The vehicle also hit three other girls but who were fortunately just injured, although it doesn’t say how they are now.

We’ve read the news about two casino workers killed as hit by a man driving a car who was too sleepy and was perhaps woozy on the road from a bit of alcohol drink. The workers were killed while two pedestrians were injured on the same spot in Salinas Drive in Lahug.

Take the news about a woman lawyer being sideswiped by a pickup truck driven by a young female call center worker. The lawyer was crossing the street, perhaps on her way to look for a ride or about to attend mass, when she was hit by the vehicle. 

But what gives me goose pimples are the news on world issues that countries try to handle, what if badly?

Perhaps in the ancient world, cultural groups didn’t know the differences of culture (and lacked reasons to quarrel over) because the earth was too big for the early small count of population. Neighbors weren’t aware of the existence of other humans hundreds of miles away, far behind the mountains or way beyond the thick forests. Early man perhaps thought his community was the only one of humanity in the world.

But a downbeat atmosphere in one community could break the world in two, humans finding enemies among themselves.

Today, there’s no world war. But listen to what the 2014 news gives you—powerful nations getting touchy in the face of attempts by others to interfere or creep into their concerns.

The small islands in East China Sea are named Diaoyu Islands in China while in Japan, the same island cluster is called Senkaku Islands. So, who owns the bunch? The dispute over islands against China’s ownership claim continues, such as on the West Philippine Sea. From the wings, the US watches, makes comments and shows interest in the nerve, then shifts a bit to diplomacy, sometimes with a smack, or a gentle tap.

Then there’s the matter of China’s Hong Kong about which the US is seen by China as a foreign country interfering in local Chinese affairs. What else would a top US official visiting Hong Kong’s outspoken pro-democracy activists mean in his action?

And North Korea has problems, or thinks it has, with its once-upon-a-time co-operator of one strong Peninsula called the Korean Empire. But the Korean War in the ‘50s between the north and the south happened, the two Koreas hurting, families splitting, the border turning raw.

This is not to talk about the border disputes between Iraq (Mesopotamia) and Iran (Persia) in South Asia.

There’s the old conflict between Israelis and Palestinians which no one has been able to heal between stresses then and now at the expense of lives not only of the regular armies but also of paramilitary groups, terror cells and even civilians.

Then there’s Russia rolling over Ukraine while the democratic nations, like the US, look and wait, criticize, and what?
   
The wars on culture and religion continue to threaten peace in the world. Issues could get sensitive and sparks could send the world into pain. Before we open the paper to read news on the world, let’s continue to pray for peace.
 
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(ecuizon@gmail.com)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 13, 2014.

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