07 October 2006

Our Self-inflicted Blindness

I couldn't help but wonder: If we're so great, then why is this world so messed up?

If we're so great, then why is the illiteracy rate steadily increasing? Doesn't that reflect on our ideals of formal education? And try to observe how "good" our communication skills are becoming.... *hoot*!

If we're so great, how in the name of Mother Earth have we managed to destroy our planet in such a systematic manner over the last 50 years-- so much more than our ancestors have done in the past centuries? Imagine this: We have been sucking up the planet of its oil, thrashing mountains and rivers for precious metals and cement, polluting our oceans, air and waterways, building megastructures called landfills, concocting toxic and hazardous materials, and the list goes on....

If we're so great, why are modern doctors the third leading cause of death in the US, as documented in the Journal of the American Medical Association? The specifics of which include, among others, unnecessary surgery and properly prescribed drugs. Only cancer and cardiovascualar disease outdo the doctors!

If we're so great, why then are there so many wars going on around us-- mostly religious ones at that!

If we're so great, then why are so many of the world's citizens either starving, malnoursihed or just plain poor, while the rest of humanity are either obese, overindulgent or in excess? The imbalance of it all! Horrors! People continue to get rich at the expense of the poor! People's salaries go to rent payments that make land owners and developers rich; cellphone loads that go to telecom firms; payments for food and water that go to conglomerates; tuition fees that go to school owners; transportation expenses that go to big oil companies; and anything left goes to the government who know more about making our lives difficult than any other organization in the world! Now tell me this, which is poorer, the consumers or the businesses and government? Well then, why?!

If we're so great, then why are there unemployed people still looking for jobs? Why don't they go into business? Because the larger companies have a firm foothold on almost every opportunity nowadays, you say? You bet!

If we're so great, why are so many families being destroyed by drugs, broken values and immorality?

If we're so great, why do we allow children to work instead of play?

If we're so great, why do allow women to degrade themselves in front of a camera, in front of the world? They could be our wives, or daughters even!

If we're so great, why does Hollywood succeed in imposing on us what is the new right and wrong, the new "in" or "out"?

If we're so great, why do we simply "study, find a job, work, retire, then die"? Such an existence wasn't even meant for lesser creatures!

If we're so great, why oh why don't we even see the injustice around us, the imbalance?

If we're so great, why do we need so much to survive? Other creatures need so much less to live!

No wonder people are starting to homeschool, eat free-range and organic, go earth-friendly, be more prudent and economical, socially responsible, resourceful, pragmatic, skeptical and basic.

That said, we should definitely start reassessing our methods and start thinking of better ways to do things, even if it means reinventing the wheel.

Don't you even want to start looking for answers? Begin by asking yourself deeply what you really are all about, what makes you-- YOU. Then, tell me if you like what you see. What then, are you going to do about it?

One thing is for sure, I may be a nocturnal creature, and I do live in darkness, but I am not blind!

If you're so great, then why are YOU blind?

2 comments:

*V i c t o r i a L o n d o n* said...

Hey!!! thats me ur talking about buddy! hmph! =(

If we're so great, why do allow women to degrade themselves in front of a camera, in front of the world? They could be our wives, or daughters even!

If we're so great, why does Hollywood succeed in imposing on us what is the new right and wrong, the new "in" or "out"?

Ang Kuwago said...

No personal affront meant, Victoria! Sorry.

Just stating the state of affairs, but not judging anyone.

After all, such is the case, what can we do?