Monday, April 23, 2007

88th Post

Some say that 8 is a lucky number. How much more the double 8? This will be my 88th post and don’t congratulate me for whatever. This is just a lame excuse for not having a sensible post this time.

I don’t believe in luck. We lost fair and square in a ‘bad’ tourney last weekend. We lost 2 games against much better opponents, and split another 2 games. Not bad enough for a new doubles partnership.

Some guys are just lucky to take a bath everyday and have a very comfortable bed to sleep on. The guy on these photos is not one of them. Are we still going to blame the government for the plight of these poor souls?

19 comments:

ladycess said...

blame the govt? - a friend once told me that's a never-ending discussion, chicken and egg na. but yep,i also believe that to be lucky, you have to work really, really hard.

vernaloo said...

No...I don't think the govt should be blamed. True, if we don't have a corrupt govt, siguro mas maunlad tayo. But i guess all of us has to take responsibility of whats going on with our lives. If I am successful, the govt has nothing to do with it, if my life is going to the dogs..same thing.

I'm so sick and tired of people always blaming the govt. I'm not a fan of the latter...but really. Like for example, instead of holding rallies and creating traffic, why don't you look for a job? Instead of complaining about the problems in the society, why dont you come up with a solution? These are the things we should do...seriously.

Lazarus said...

The poor will always be with us.

Cess, you're right. One should really work hard and not wait for luck.

Verns, what one solution can you suggest? Serious na to ah! :) When I was in college, I asked the same questions to my activist friends. They answered, "Who would call the government's attention if we remain silent? The government (or those seated) is in the best position to address the problem."

We can help, though in our litte ways. There is someone up there who will notice whatever we do to our poor brothers.

jho said...

Comparing myself with the man (man ba iyon?) photo, i believe i'm still lucky to have a roof above my head, a bed to sleep on. I may not be rich but i am happy with what i have.

There are reasons kung bakit nangyari iyon sa tao. I believe we have choice to make in our lives and that choice will definitely make or break us.

vernaloo said...

Sabi nga nila you can only change the world, if you change your world.

Lazarus I think one solution is to make a difference. You are right. Little things that we can do can help. Help the poor, share your blessing, touch a heart. These are simple things that we can offer to society. If you come to think of it, these acts are so simple and yet so hard for people to do...sad but true.

iskoo said...

kaya pala yung 888 na plate number ay pinag-aagawan. hmm parang di nababawasan ang mga ganyan sa kamaynilaan, hirap din isipin kung sino may mali. iba iba naman din kasi dahil kung bakit may mga ganyan sa kalye.

Alvin said...

I still believe that there are so many legal ways and means to make one's life better.
These type of photos really break my heart... Where did you see this kid/guy?

pam said...

wapak. blame the govt? then what happens next? wala rin lang naman. haay. ang pinas nga naman. >.<

snglguy said...

Why blame just the government for the plight of the poor? Why not the church too? After all, they're the ones promoting population increase by blocking the government's family planning programs...

ladybug said...

Maybe pinpointing who to blame is not really as important as thinking of ways how to help the poor. Hay, hirap talaga ng buhay ngayon.

tutubi said...

i won't also blame the stupid and corrupt government! :P

people can chart their own destiny. Most of the poor people i know didn't like school so they dropped out

they gamble
drink, smoke other vices
spend money like there's no tomorrow

too many children to feed and take care of when they don't have a job :(

and the poor child will marry someday and bear more children!

vicious cyle indeed

tutubi said...

oh regarding snglguy's comments...

people always have the choice of procreating or not. most catholics also don't even go to church (estimated to be just 10-20% only) and so do not follow teachings...
condoms, pills, IUDs, and other birth control methods are there and yet people don't use them...

all they know is to... :(

Lazarus said...

Jho, I am not sure if this guy has a choice. He could be mentally deraigned.

Verns, sometimes we give, sometime we don't. We care, and we care not.

iskoo, meron kayang lugar sa pilipinas na walang pulubi?

alvin, there are many ways to uplift the lives of the filipinos. Sana naman meron real program ang gobyerno for these people.

Lazarus said...

pam, the government(or those seated) is in the best position to help. Pero wala tayong maasahan, sa ngayon.

snglguy, a large population has its advantages and disadvantages. I think the Church also has its own population planning program.

Ladybug, you're right. Marami din naman programa ang gobyerno but di lang talaga na implement and were just taken for granted. Marami din naman NGO's and other charitable organizations. Pero the problem remains.

Lazarus said...

Tutubi, meron din ganung mga tao who chose a different path despite having the opportunity. I've seen works of varios NGO's. I've witnessed some situations wherein help was ignored by these poor people.

I think we can't put the whole blame on the government. But at least, we should see real program implementation. In our own little ways, let's give a portion of ourselves for these poor brothers of ours.

Brennan Mercado said...

"Be the change you want to see in the world" - Gandhi.

bingskee said...

hmmm... i think 'blame' is not the right word. maybe the question to be asked is 'what is the government doing?' it can sound like it's a blame but it is actually asking the government's plan on educating and empowering its people.

let's take that man as example. he is not alone in the streets. there are many of them. yes, you can't blame the government of what happened to them. but what are the plans for the growing number? at least sana may actions di ba?

just my 2 cents. :-)

Ferdz said...

Wow! A double infinity! hehe.

I don't want to rely much on government these days. That has been a problem. I guess it's up to us individuals who can help these poor folks. As long as they want the help though.

alvin said...

Where did you see this kid/guy?