Hey, guys! It’s been weeks since you’ve last heard from me, and it would probably be longer if not for the recent event that occurred in the Philippines. I’m sure the news has been all across the globe that a super typhoon known as “Haiyan” (internationally) or “Yolanda” (locally) hit the country a few days ago. The disaster resulted in many casualties and deaths. Currently, there are bodies yet to be found and relief goods are not being properly distributed. In the midst of this tragedy, however, it’s sad to see that some people just have too many plastic hearts for show.
That’s what I’ll be writing about today.
Donations are good, and it’s nice to see people who willingly give with a pure motive of simply helping the victims. Unfortunately, there are some who, although they do not say it directly, try to make the tragedy into a competition of who can care more. People should stop trying to guilt-trip others through social networking sites. The spirit of giving is not something that should be forced upon others. Donating is not an obligation because why else will it be called charity? People can be generous and still reward themselves with a little material joy.
Giving does not mean prohibiting yourself from receiving.
Also, I came across something on Facebook yesterday wherein it said that posting pictures of food and other recent luxuries an individual might have gotten is being insensitive. I for one do not think that’s right.
Happiness =/= insensitivity. They do not equate.
Expressing sadness or frustration over personal problems, whether shallow or not, is also part of being human. They have every right to say what they feel for themselves. It’s not as if they are bad-mouthing the victims or boasting of their wealth. That’s a different story.
Earlier today, I overheard a couple of faculty members in our school discussing how one of them saw a status update from someone fussing over who could accompany her to a concert. They said that it was insensitive of this girl to do so for the reason that the victims are having trouble surviving and her problem is just who to go to the concert with. Of course when you weigh out the two problems, the calamity in Visayas is clearly the bigger situation, but then again, that doesn’t mean this girl can’t voice out her dilemma. If we keep comparing the weight of everyone’s problems then it’s like saying no one has the right to feel sad. Making others feel bad does not solve anything.
Giving should not be an ego booster.
Caring should not be a cry for attention or praise.
Love should not be a result of self-importance.
In light of all those affected and everyone else in the world, let’s learn to
Love can be passed on simply by raising awareness, respecting others and creating a happy atmosphere. ♥