BEtween friends: The joy/sorrow enigma PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 23 February 2015 11:57

By: Linda Cababa – espinosa, ED. D.


It is a general observation that life is not an existence of never ending sorrow as well as never ending joy.  Either is always interrupted even by short breaks of the opposite.  No matter how desperate or despicable one’s life is, there will always follow unexpected moments of joy where one is given a reason to laugh or even just to smile.  At the same time, no matter how happy one can be, there is always the experience of sorrow that can follow even if so much effort is exerted to avoid it.  Nowhere is this more observable than in our own private and personal lives, and trying to explain it is futile.

A very good example, on the national level, was the recent devastation of Tacloban, Leyte, by the super typhoon Yolanda, which left thousands of people, homeless, hungry and hopeless.  Only those who have gone through the same agony will understand the horror of being nature’s victims.  Only those who have experienced it will understand how it is to want to continue to cry even when there are no more tears left.

This miserable situation was taken over by overwhelming joy with the visit of Pope Francis who brought no material benefits but compensated the lack of them in terms of the abundance of the spiritual.  The euphoria brought by the visit still continues in the hearts of millions of Filipinos, victims and non-victims alike, but especially those who have been told that he came especially for them.

Amidst the continuing celebration of the papal visit, the country was thrown again into mourning as a result of the massacre in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, where 44 elite policemen lost their lives in a clash with MILF rebels although the real mission was to capture two international bomb experts who are also on the wanted list of the United States.  The tragedy which happened two weeks ago continues to draw national and international reactions, each one strongly supported by what their contributors feel to be more than valid arguments in the defense of the 44 heroes and how this has stalled the peace talks between the government and the Bangsamoro.

If the trend of alternate joy and sorrow is to be proven as a natural course in the lives of men, then we should expect something opposite to happen soon.  Something to laugh and celebrate about after the pain and disappointment brought by the Mamasapano incident.  Something exhilarating and glorious enough to make us forget the sorrow caused by the anger as a result of that violent day.

Of course, it doesn’t end there because as long as there is life, there will continue to be joy and then sorrow and then joy and then sorrow…