The recent news about Ahmed and his clock, a Syrian father selling ball pens to take care of his daughter, a poor kid studying outside a McDonald’s store, and many other similar news have put a spotlight on our shortsightedness as a society. The common denominator among these stories is our tendency to take action on very important issues based mostly on its emotional appeal and very little about anything else.
It’s a Labor Day long weekend and many Filipinos are getting ready for a 3-day vacation a.k.a. bringing their trash to famous tourist spots and recreation places and leaving it there. Whether they be the city, beach, mountain summit, cave, river, lake, these tourist destinations will definitely gather tons of trashes more than they usually deal with.
The current issue with Mary Jane Veloso, a Filipina who is scheduled to be executed by firing squad in Indonesia along with 9 other convicted foreigners, exposes the shallow sentiments and the pathetic double standards of Filipinos. Ever since the announcement of the execution and when the news picked up on local TV channels, several groups including the government itself, religious groups, etc. filed appeals, held petitions, wrote letters, requested reconsideration to save the life of the poor, innocent lady from the Philippines. All these efforts seem to be futile since the Indonesian Attorney General’s Office has already ordered the execution, which will possibly be carried out Tuesday, April 28th, 2015. Nevertheless, Filipinos are relentless in their appeal to save Mary Jane. Sadly, just Mary Jane.
If I ask every single one of you if you are against the destruction of the environment, say, via deforestation, mining, fracking, fuel burning, etc., I’m sure you’d all say that you are against it. And I say that’s a good thing. But what if I say that we all still support those activities knowingly or otherwise?