Blood­bath for peace

Panay News - - REGION - BY LEDA VITO MT-I, Capiz Na­tional High School

PEACE is like a for­eign war­rior, stranded out­side the Philip­pines coast, vis­i­ble, ideal, yet, bare at­tain­able .Sol­diers nowa­days go to wars against their fel­low Filipinos. If only Marawi could talk, it would cry in an­guish for its once glo­ri­ous façade was later turned into for­lorn rub­bles. Anger ea­gerly shouts in ev­ery corner.

Re­venge spits fire. Peo­ple ran for safely in for­eign fields, liv­ing their for­mer lives be­hind. War strips down the rich and clothes badly the poor.

Lives were taken, both in­no­cents and guilty pay an ex­pen­sive price. Fam­ily mem­bers were stolen and brought home cold in the glimpse of an eye. Walls re­main guarded, guns re­main loaded, and bombs were cease­lessly thrown in the wind. What hap­pened to peace process? Key­board war­riors speak loudly of bat­tles they too do not un­der­stand, lead­ing to un­fair judg­ments to­ward their fel­low­men. Lessons about re­spon­si­ble use of so­cial me­dia were thrown in the dump­sters. Peo­ple judge base on what they see in one corner. Per­sons in­volve lives a life of prej­u­dice be­cause their once shin­ing name was now stained with mock­ery and ab­sorb crit­i­cisms.

Self- right­eous dims the light of the self­less. Cor­rupt in­di­vid­u­als steal the rich­ness of hard-earned labors. They are the worst par­a­sites this coun­try needs to erad­i­cate. Sadly, you need a stronger clean­ing agent that doesn’t spoil through time. We need peo­ple to think hun­dred times be­fore they re­act.

Politi­cians are busy throw­ing muds to each other, tak­ing for granted the masses that don’t have any­thing ex­cept fathom their ta­bles. Ev­ery­body is busy dig­ging, not for gold but for trashes that they can use to dis­able their fel­low states­men. They show ex­quis­ite glam­our in a coun­try where more than half had barely eaten.

The Gov­ern­ment is not the sole solution to the prob­lem. Peo­ple should fol­low the dic­tates of their con­science. Time is gold. The longer you wait the longer you might not see the end. Peace should root within one­self, so that even­tu­ally it ra­di­ates in the open. Even Gandhi said that only you can start the change that you wanted the world to see.

Peace is cross­ing bor­ders to ex­tend a help­ing hand. It is let­ting go of the past and em­brac­ing the present. It’s hum­bling your­self be­cause you’re the one who un­der­stands. It’s putting other’s needs be­fore one­self.

Peace is black and white, liv­ing har­mo­niously. Peace, hope­fully, will reach our land. ( Paid ar­ti­cle)

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