Of Gods and Men

October 6, 2009 § Leave a comment

The Catholic church reported a record number of people who had gone to church this week. Phenomenal since the church has been suffering from attendance sickness before Typhoon Ondoy and Typhoon Pepeng (Parma) devastated the country with great floods. Those two did what no other politician or political group achieved in years of attacking the Arroyo government and that is, expose its weaknesses.

People are now convinced of the inability of this government to rise to the demands of the times. People have gone sour and expect nothing good from their government.

Calamities taught Filipinos one sure thing—reliance with God, not of men. That people can make a difference if they put their heart into it. And what people really like about helping other people is the fact that you expect nothing, absolutely nothing, in return.

These tragedy brought people together. That there is strength in numbers is evident, what with ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya getting nearly a 100 million pesos worth of cash donations. Those teenagers who flocked to the ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya compound is proof positive of the bayanihan spirit within all of us. We, Filipinos, should pride ourselves with the fact that we rise to the occasion each and every time we see our fellow kababayans suffer. We don’t do that whenever somebody gets caught in a political scandal or even a big financial caper. No.

Filipinos are strong spiritual creatures that we are an enigma to other people. For example, we always criticize our immediate relatives and friends yet when the time comes when they need help, we are always there. Trust our Filipino values for that.

It would have been very nice if we realize that it is also time to act and change our political fates, that the serious and long-term calamity called Arroyo regime is one hell of a reason why we should bond longer and act in unison for more long-term changes.

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