“You will reap what you sow.” After a devastating weekend, what was left was an island of muddy trails and mounts of garbages everywhere. Floating debris, dirt, trashes of plastics, tin cans and what have you will welcome your eyes as you come across the surroundings that you once don’t care to look at even with a single bat of your eyelashes. Picture this – people cleaning their appliances and other things outside their homes for those lucky enough to have saved some, hoping against hope that these could still be fit to use after water and mud rummaged through their houses one frightful Saturday night. Isn’t it ironic that you would use also the same thing that has done these things to clean up? Plain old water. Precious but deadly water that can both give life or take it away.
Refrigerators high up the electric cables – some would think how in the world did it get up there? With the powerful, angst-filled waters sweeping all things blocking their way, it is possible. Muddy cars in shambles with one another – you wouldn’t want your precious ones to turn out like this, do you? Washed away houses near creeks and rivers and hard-headed people living at the foot of mountains or along its edges now completely homeless after mudslides and landslides went through their properties and then complain and blame others. Poor people really.
“Garbage in, garbage out.” All those trash we mercilessly threw onto the waterways returned to land and had a spiteful revenge – a great flood killing hundreds of people and displacing thousands of families. All the trees, we cut down the mountains without intentions of replacing them with new seedlings and instead transforming the areas into residential areas – must be laughing at what happened at us, as landslides and soil erosions occur. Nature’s way of telling us we get what we deserve. No one should be blamed solely for this, no pinpointing or naming names would ever change what has befall us – WE ARE ALL PART OF WHAT HAS HAPPENED! Each one has left a fingerprint in neglecting the environment and disrespect for Mother Nature.
Distressing situation for Filipinos striving to make a living to provide their families some comforts in life but now nothing was left but a bad memory of the great flood that will go down in history. Horrible, tearjerker news being broadcasted by journalists on TV but its more spine tingling when you get to see the aftermath with your very own eyes – mixed feelings of grief, anger and terror will get into your nerves.
People waiting in line to be given relief goods in the evacuation centers; volunteer workers rescuing people from their roof tops and those stranded inside their homes; men carrying elder, weak people in stretches and pregnant women walking through the flood waters just to get away from it all – some situationers can be seen currently in the Philippines as I see them on videos on TV and get to look at by the window on my way home from work. All these “dirty shadows” make my heart weep inside for my fellowmen and I cannot do so much but just to pray for them. Wake up call everyone! A call we shouldn’t ignore or do we still have to wait for a far greater flood than this to finally realize what we’ve done to our very own world?