Lives were lost. Properties were destroyed. Nature was hurt. Such are but some of the more signal liabilities brought about by the super-typhoon Juan. This is not to mention the wide and big havoc it brought to travel and communications, to business and industry. On second thought however, Juan - - just like any serious calamity adversely affecting day to day living plus its many assumptions - - delivered certain very positive and laudable results.
Juan humanized people who could have forgotten that they remain vulnerable, irrespective of their intelligence and potentials, notwithstanding their power and wealth. They were reminded that there were realities beyond their control, there were factors out of their dominion. Juan showed them how really futile were their posturing and pretenses when confronted by a destructive natural phenomenon. More in some places and instances, many of them remembered God, even said fervent prayers and asked for deliverance. They remain human after all.
Juan unified people. They were after all one in facing the same fate, in helping one another. Those who were helpless precisely got help from others who were able. Those who were strong came to the aid of the weak. Those in tenure authority and/or in command of possibilities went to seek the lost, assisted the disabled, and extended a helping hand to those in need. They have different beliefs, harbor different value system, subscribe to different political persuasions. Yet Juan made them one - - - even if only for some time.
Juan defined those with heroic stance, those with altruistic disposition, and those with generous hands. These are common individuals with ordinary attributes. Yet when duly challenged, they rise up to the situation. Decidedly attending to the basic requirements of the less fortunate, dedicatedly sharing their “time, talent and treasure” with those in need thereof, they showed their real worth and thereby stood big before the standard mold of people. Juan provided them with their defining moments. And passed the test with flying colors they did.
This is not meant to say that natural calamities like Juan are great to have wherefore much welcomed to appear - - as a matter of course. The truth nevertheless remains that such recent havoc of nature also brought out the best in humanity, exhibited the admirable traits of certain individuals. In other word: Juan made people realize that they remain vulnerable as human beings, that they are one after all, and that some of them are cuts above the rest.
29 OCTOBER 2010