“Unfortunately, we do love each other, but we do get into trouble.” R. Ardrey
“The evidence shows he had discontinuous fire and he was in caves. And when you start living side by side in the small area of one cave with a lot of different families then your jealousies are going to start and your hostilities between each other are going to start….
As I can see, he did not have the leisure, I repeat, he did not have the leisure in which to develop hostilities to his fellow man. Too much of his time was taken up with other business.” L. Leakey
August 2010 is a day of mourning for the Philippines.
Philippines “not” Filipinos, because the “Philippines” (symbolizes) is composed of various nationalities from many parts of the world. Today, the Philippines just like any country is part of a cross-culture and ancestry of diverse blood bonds: Filipinos, Chinese, Spanish, other Asians, Europeans, Americans, or Jews etc. among others.
I. Avoid putting life at stake.
Life was at stake in the hostage spot. Avoid putting life at stake. The government should be able to protect the life of its foreigners, just like its citizens. More than anything, what matters is life. Man has one life to live; it commands respect, acceptance and charity. In the process of evolution there is mixing of people from different backgrounds until they realize that they are all and one the same.
It is not only Hong Kong who lost lives, but Filipinos, too – lost their Chinese brothers and sisters. It is everyone’s loss. It was an accident, and the same could be prevented in the future.
At most, Rolando Mendoza couldn’t be considered a real murderer because he was a man who worked, but was not given a chance to air his side. He was a poor police Filipino officer who worked hard, was given awards, but in the end lost his job (without pension) due to an unresolved case. Where would he get his share of his basic needs without a job, after toiling for long years of service in his community? What do you think and whereto his merits?
He went amuck.
Next to families, workplaces become the support group of individuals. A psychiatrist once said: “If someone says he would commit suicide, deem it serious.” Mendoza could be OUT of his mind, and could have been given helped by people around him in the tragic times of his career. Was it foul play or betrayal from others? Or whether or not his claims were valid, an outrage like a coup d’etat means grievance and is supposed to meet on issues. Hostility can never solve problems, unless man is ready for a war.
When the stomach is empty, there is no other way. There is nothing to hunt. No job, and so much leisure of not surviving.
The sacrificial lambs are families/any group member: father, mother, children, workers, leader, community, friends. There shouldn’t be any tags as to nationalities nor racial discrimination. Many Filipinos have Chinese origins and vice versa (I have part Chinese blood). No one owns the world, only that people live in different habitations.
What recently happened couldn’t be blamed in the present groups/government. It is a result of several transitions. As it occurred today, it has to be given immediate action to prevent simple problems turned into national problems; national problems turned into global rifts.
K. Popper on violence: “… we can learn by listening to concrete claims, by patiently trying to assess them as impartially as we can., and by considering ways of meeting them without creating worse evil.”
“You can’t really kill people if you have a real feeling that they also have faith and are meaningful in this life or the world,” quotes Sir Leakey.
One purpose of life is to put man in touch with his fellow man. Life’s done with hunting, the earth is older. Evolution should utilize improvements and life must go on healthy in body, mind, and spirit.
St. Lorenzo Ruiz, pray for us.
Mother Mary, we pray for healing of nations.
August 24, 2010