I remember someone saying that a lot of Filipinos are “asar-talo”. This translates to a person who loves to make fun of others but cry bloody murder when the tables are turned on him and given a taste of his own medicine. I don’t know about you but I’ve met my share of that kind of people. These people all too often like mocking others but are not too keen on being made fun of themselves and resort to lines like: “Why are you so serious?” Or: “It was just a joke!” Then, they’ll call you out on being “mean” to them with little to no remorse.
If anything displays this kind of behavior in Filipinos better, it is their dismissive attitude towards nature and her bounties. Now, I’ve already written several pieces discussing this phenomenon as well as other authors with their own take on the topic. Then there’s this I found just a little while ago. Apparently, some young woman somewhere had the hot idea of turning a hapless whale shark into her surfboard for some reason. And then, when the woman, identified as Carinn Lestolis received flak from various critics both in and outside the internet, she was quick to defend herself and claim that: “I didn’t know touching whale sharks was wrong!”
Yes, I know it’s old news and dates all the way back to 2012. Unfortunately, while this might indeed have taken place quite awhile back, there’s no denying that this is just one incident among a near countless amount of cruelty our countrymen tend to inflict on nature. From illegal logging, unnecessary killing of animals to littering (which I’ve already talked about innumerable times), you name it, the common Filipino is likely guilty of it. Then, when people are confronted about it, they quickly resort to rationalizations like: “It was just a small piece of trash!” Or, more deplorably: “We’re just trying to earn a living!”
Ladies and gentlemen, I’m sure a lot of you remember the terror of Typhoon Yolanda. I’m sure all of you remember how the devastatingly strong winds managed to overturn houses like they were cardboard and how the flood waters managed to submerge even the largest of vehicles. I know you can still remember the chaos and destruction brought about by the disasters of 2013 and, just recently, we experienced the extreme heat brought about by El Nino this year.
So I’m asking you all to please be more caring of nature because it’s more than a little obvious that she is no longer happy with us. Look I know that it will take more than just disposing of our trash properly and preserving our trees to stop the disasters that our coming our way but they can at least soften some of the more devastating effects of natural calamities. Remember that more trees and less litter can reduce floods and can decrease the risk of disease in your vicinity.
Rainy season is upon us again people of the Philippines and, based on some observations, we’re going to have another La Nina this year. It’s high time we learned from our mistakes and stop abusing nature so that we can truly have a better home country to leave for our next generation. Let us learn to respect nature and her treasures before it is too late for all of us.
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