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Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Opinion -

HAV­ING had to read rants from ev­ery­where -- the pros and the cons and those who are just out there nit­pick­ing for nit­pick­ing’s sake -- came the de­sire to just be at peace. How? By switch­ing off. We’ve be­come too con­nected, we can now lis­ten and read and feel the rants of a per­son a whole world away from us, a per­son you don’t even know and isn’t likely to be­come a friend. Worse, we even pick up fights against that per­son who ab­so­lutely shouldn’t have mat­tered to us. That per­son is a non-en­tity, and yet we chose to let that per­son in and be up­set.

In a re­cent gath­er­ing, a friend from an­other re­gion walked over and greeted me. I was happy to see him, I haven’t seen him and his col­leagues for maybe a year now. Thus, my greet­ing was fol­lowed by the ques­tion, “Who’s with you?”, as I scanned the crowd.

He’s all by him­self, he said, be­cause his col­leagues who have been join­ing the gath­er­ing since I don’t know when (I don’t reg­u­lar at­tend, that’s why), opted out this year out of fear that some­body might cause them harm. That some­body, by the way, is re­ally a harm­less be­ing but who loves to an­noy peo­ple who has made it an av­o­ca­tion of sorts to pick on him for no other rea­son but be­cause this some­body de­cided to take on an­other ca­reer track.

I rolled my eyes at the child­ish­ness of it all; the cow­ardice even.

But I chose to be at peace and thus just told my friend to just en­joy the ben­e­fits of the job and stay away from all th­ese pet­ti­ness of unimag­in­able scale.

Tak­ing a step back and watch­ing the go­ings-on on­line, we would see peo­ple who will­fully chose to live with the neg­a­tives while liv­ing in a false sense of en­ti­tle­ment, ex­pect­ing that the world will treat them kind in re­turn.

Just yes­ter­day in the news feed, we read about Sen­a­tor Franklin Drilon ex­press­ing worry over the drop in for­eign di­rect in­vest­ments as re­ported by the Na­tional Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (Neda).

“We note from the reports that there is a de­cel­er­a­tion in new in­vest­ment. This is very alarm­ing. Why such a huge drop? Is this an in­di­ca­tion of any­thing?” Drilon was quoted as say­ing at the hear­ing on Na­tional Eco­nomic and De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity’s (Neda) pro­posed 2018 bud­get.

Neda has told the panel that the 90.3 per­cent plunge in FDI was caused by some re­stric­tions, an an­swer the se­na­tors do not ac­cept.

True, it’s an un­ac­cept­able an­swer be­cause the real an­swer should have been a slap on Drilon’s face. His party stirs up so much con­tro­versy and goes around paint­ing a neg­a­tive pic­ture of the Philip­pines in their des­per­ate de­sire to grab power back, and they ex­pect noth­ing to come out of all those neg­a­tive spins?

In the past, I would have raised hell and ranted against Drilon.

But no, I choose peace, and so I will just brush off this sen­a­tor as he de­serves to be, and say a lit­tle prayer for him; that may he find peace in his heart and that if he can’t, then may God grant him that in what­ever way God chooses.

Since un­fol­low­ing friends who have the pen­chant to rant and pro­fess higher knowl­edge of how to run a coun­try, even when they can­not even win in a pop­u­lar­ity con­test among a tiny set of friends and thus is most un­likely to ever be tasked to run a coun­try, I’ve en­joyed my days. They never mat­tered, any­way, and long be­fore so­cial me­dia en­slaved us, I never re­ally heard their rants. Why should I now?

We turn off the ra­dio or switch sta­tions when we don’t want what’s play­ing or what the an­chor is talk­ing about. We turn off the tele­vi­sion or switch chan­nels when we don’t like what’s show­ing. So­cial me­dia is no dif­fer­ent.

Mean­while, many are hooked onto what US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump would twit or say next, nerves all cocked to go on a flurry of out­rage once the lat­est state­ment is sent out.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be trou­bled, nei­ther let them be afraid. (John 14:27).

It’s been writ­ten in the Bi­ble, but we choose to be hu­man.

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