BEtween friends: Christmas realities PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 22 December 2014 11:06

By Linda Cababa – espinosa, Ed. D.


Science is beyond my ken.

I grew up on fairytales.  When I was not playing with the neighborhood kids, I was reading dwarfs, fairies and witches – a world of magic and make-believe.  A world that did not respect the laws of science.  This was a world where a girl could be a beautiful princess one moment and an ugly witch the next.  This was the world of haunted palaces and flying carpets and genies coming out of lamps when rubbed.

But we can outgrow dwarfs, fairies and witches.  We reach a point in our lives where all these are pushed back in the dark corners of our childhood imagination and eventually forgotten because whether we like it or not, we are forced to deal with the everyday realities that science has brought us to face.  Especially the sad realities that are consequences of scientific inventions.

For those of us who have been lucky enough to be living in places outside the whirling savagery of Yolanda and Ruby which are said to be results of climate change, it is time to wake up and face the realities of our faith and our spirituality and thank God for his merciful salvation of our lives and properties.  The published pictures of the devastation in places like Tacloban in Leyte and Borongan in Samar are heart rending.  Buildings and houses torn apart and torn down leaving the owners in pitiful make shift shelters up to this day is almost unforgivable.

The other day, I was looking at some mid-year issues of TIME which I borrowed from a friend.  The issues carried reports of the war in the Middle East.  The pictures that went with the reports were even worse than our typhoon-ravished cities.  The pictures showed concrete buildings pockmarked and hollowed out by bullets, canons and bombs leaving only ugly shells of a ravaged land.  So much for scientific advancement.

The wounds of war take a long time to heal just as it takes a long time for the scars of war to disappear.

Christmas 2014 is definitely going to be one Christmas season that will be endured and remembered with so much loneliness and so much pain, not only by the victims of Yolanda and Ruby but more so by the victims of the ISIS in the Middle East, not only for what they have lost but more for the dim, though not entirely hopeless future.

Sympathy is good.  Empathy is better because empathy will stir us to quicker and greater action to help those whom we can and how we can in this season of loving and giving which started with a baby being born in a manger somewhere in the Middle East more than two thousand years ago.