Money is the root of all…tragedies…
Most of the whole world knows that the Philippines is one of those countries who has never-ending problems on corruption, typhoons and most of all poverty. 90% of Filipino families are “poor”. Moreover, experts would repeatedly convey that the poor are poor because they make themselves poor. But for the rest, we make them a lot more deperate because, aware or unaware we may be, we tend to foster “begging”.
2 days ago, a very succesful show of a big television network in the Philippines was to celebrate their long-awaited anniversary celebration, which promises a lot of contests for the general mass to join in, whilst these populace aim for cash prizes, houses & lots and passenger vehicles that they can make use of to earn a living.
3 days before the show aired, people were already falling in line with the hope to make it inside the venue first. They lived there for days and did not leave their line- literally eating, peeing & wasting as they await on the same spot with fear of losing it, hence, losing their chance of a lifetime. Lifetime, huh? Yup…for each and every single soul who was there, this was a chance of a lifetime. These poor people will do everything – enough said.
On the day of the show, after the long wait, tragedy struck…The number of people who came swarming up the place never stopped pouring, which made it impossible for security measures to cope up. They started pressing each other from here and there, pushing, pulling, climbing up on nearby shelves to get ahead and then….they all started running in a mad dash like zebras fleeing from a a very mad lion. The stampede killed over a hundred and left a lot with serious injuries.
Who do we blame for this? Did the organizers miss out on putting up more security? Did they promise too much to the people? Is poverty taking its toll on the country that human lives have to be laid on the line?
If we start asking these question, we will be never hear the end. I, personally was totally freaked upon seeing this on television and the cries of those who lost their loved ones are truly deafening. I would not possibly understand how they feel and I don’t want to coz I can not even imagine how I am going to be if I was in their place. I say my prayers for these poor souls and that they may find the freedom from the dearth that enveloped them for the longest times in their lives with – GOD, Our Father. May their souls rest in peace….