Wednesday, January 22, 2014

“Go in peace. Keep warm. Eat well.” (James 2:12-17)

Would that the Lord forgive the citation of the above seemingly very sincere and apparently very edifying and consoling declaration of good will – cited from the Good Book. Without knowing the background of the said inspiring and comforting words, it would appear that the one who thus spoke, is someone so admirable that he disseminates admiration and inspiration among those who heard him. But before entertaining such a high regard and esteem towards the declaimer, it is not only proper but also just to know the particulars of the injunction and thereby also know the kind of individual who thus spoke so kindly and admirably.

The behind-the-scene story that occasioned such big concern expressed and edifying words said, is briefly the following:

a. Characters: A wealthy man and a miserable beggar.
b. Encounter: The miserable beggar met and the wealthy man.
c. Action: The miserable beggar asked for help from the wealthy man.
d. Reaction: The miserable beggar got nothing at all from the wealthy man.
e. Conclusion: The wealthy man said to the miserable beggar: “Go in peace. Keep warm. Eat well.”

End of story. This is insensitivity incarnate. This is consummate indifference. This is blasé unlimited.

So it was that when quite recently, certain people were complaining for their difficult living, lamenting for their poverty, thus feeling bad for their predicament and wherefore expressed their sad plight to someone really wealthy and truly powerful, this said: “Bahala na sa inyo si Lord. Busy ako.” This is exactly the picture copy of the above story.

It was the same when some time ago, exactly the same really wealthy and truly powerful someone then went to Mindanao due to the complains of the people there on account of lack of electric power and thus caused frequent brown/blackouts that brought their business down and made their living difficult. Exactly the same someone said in so many words: Want more electricity? Sure, why not? Just pay more!

There is definitely something wrong in both the story in the Good Book and the above cited events here in the Philippines: You are hungry? Why don’t you eat? You are sick? Why don’t you get well? You have no money to spend, why spend at all? You are poor? Too bad for you!

No wonder therefore that to date, more and more people consider themselves poor, just as more and more people feel resentment – if not disgust.