Monday, November 26, 2007

end of the world

Everything but temporal has a beginning. And as such, it cannot but have an end too. This is reality. Nothing that is bound by time can be everlasting. And the world—the entire universe in fact—appeared in time and in time too, it has to disappear one way or another. There are but two existence that are markedly different. The first belongs to God who has no beginning and no end as well. God Himself is over and above any and all timeframes. The second belongs to man who is created in time and dies to the world in time. His Creator however gifts him with a spirit that survives both death and time here and now.

More than human science and technology that to these times remain ignorant about so many things in the universe, all World Religions have long since affirmed and proclaimed the eternity of God and the immorality of the spirit of man. This is not to diminish the big advancements continuously being achieved in the sphere of science and in the field of technology. This is merely to say definitively and decidedly that there are realities beyond the reach of scientists and technologists. To these times, they have not even completely explained the “What?” of such a common item as electricity.

There are three fundamental truths that are certain whereas they are premised on the dictate of sound reason and based on light of living faith: One, the world will definitely end. Two, there will be ominous signs to foretell it. Three, there is no single man or woman, dead or alive, who knows exactly when the end of the world will come. Herefrom immediately come three elementary conclusions: First, everything in the world will come to pass. Second, there will be catastrophic events preceding the end of the world. Third, anyone—prophet, preacher or teacher—who dares announce when exactly is the end of the world is a lunatic, a fool or liar.

It is both beneficial and practical to keep the above truths in mind—especially during these times when one natural disaster and/or human atrocities after come to pass one after the other practically all over the globe. Earthquake, tsunamis and floods, typhoons, twisters and heavy rains. Terrorism, revolutions and war. Murders, rapes and suicides. Graft, corruption and moral bankruptcy. Add hereto the reality of nuclear bombs, the production of deadlier armaments and the continuous research for better guns and bullets. All these are indeed bad news for the world. All there, however, do not necessarily spell the end of the world.

More than thinking of and speculating about the end of the world, what is really important and relevant is for people to live more upright lives, to concern themselves more with their oppressed and exploited, poor and hungry neighbors. And concretely about the people of the Philippines, theirs is both the personal right and the societal obligation to demand for a better government, to do away with their corrupt and corrupting public leaders, to prepare a better nation for their heirs and succeeding generations. In other words, more than merely speculating about end of the world, Filipinos should rather clearly speak and actively work for the beginning of a better Philippines with the advent of a better government.

26 November 2007