Mga Pag-iingat na Dapat Tandaan

Mga Pag-iingat na Dapat Tandaan

Ni Apolinario Villalobos

 

Ang mundo ngayon ay tila nadidiktahan ng kasabihang “matira ang matibay”, na para namang may katotohanan. Sa kapal ng dumi sa hangin, kung mahina ang baga ng isang tao ay talagang hindi  tatagal ang kanyang buhay. Sa dami ng lason na nakapaloob sa lahat halos ng pagkain maski na yong sinasabing “organic vegetables”, talagang hindi tatagal ang isang tao kung mahina ang kanyang bituka o sikmura. Sa dami ng mga krimen na minu-minuto ay nangyayari sa lahat ng panig ng mundo, talagang hindi tatagal ang isang tao kung hindi siya magaling umiwas. At sa dami ng mga taong tiwali ang kaisipang puno ng kasamaan sa kanyang kapwa, marami ang mapapahamak kung wala silang kaalaman sa pagsalungat.

 

May mga simple ring mga pag-iingat na kaakibat ng araw-araw nating pamumuhay at ginagawa. Kadalasan, hindi natin nabibigyan ng pansin ang mga bagay na ito, kaya nauulit nang hindi natin napapansin. Ang nabanggit ay isang ugali ng tao na dapat mabago. Hindi dapat sukatin ang pag-iingat sa “laki” o “kahalagahan” ng isang bagay na ating ginagawa. Dapat nating alalahanin na ang malaki ay nagsisimula sa maliit. At, may kasabihan na ang pagsisisi ay palaging nasa huli.

 

Ang kabaligtaran ng pag-iingat ay padalus-dalos, na direktang ibig sabihin ay kawalan ng pag-iingat. Lahat ng bagay ay pinag-iisipan muna bago gawin, subali’t sa isang taong padalus-dalos ang ugaling nakasanayan, walang pag-aalangan sa lahat ng kanyang mga ginagawa, at hindi rin alintana kung ang mga ito ba ay magkakaroon ng hindi magandang resulta o kapahamakan. Ang mga sumusunod ay ilan lamang sa mga dapat pag-iingatan upang maiwasan ang pagsisisi dahil huli na ang lahat:

 

  1. Mga pinaggagastusan.  Maraming tao ang walang pakundangan kung gumastos ng pera, lalo pa kung mayroon silang regular na inaasahan. Kasama dito ang ibang empleyado na umaasa sa buwanang sweldo, subali’t binibigyan pa ng halaga ang mga makabagong gadgets tulad ng cellphone, laptop, ipad, alahas at kung anu-ano pang luho na hindi naman talagang kailangan. Sa may mga kayang magpundar ng house at lot sana, mas ginugusto pa nila ang magpundar ng kotse maski nangungupahan lamang sila sa isang maliit na apartment o kwarto. Dahil dito, hindi rin sila nakakapag-ipon. Kapag nawalan ng trabaho, ang mga luhong naipundar ay isa-isa ring nilang nabebenta sa napakaliit na halaga upang may magastos para sa mga pangangailangan habang naghahanap ng bagong trabaho.
  2. Mga Kaibigan. May mga taong nakapaligid sa atin na akala natin, lahat ay kaibigan. Subali’t  nakakalungkot isiping ang iba sa kanila ay nagmamanman upang may mapansing mapupuna na maaaring magamit nila sa paninira sa atin bandang huli. Mayroon ding naiinggit sa nakamit nating tagumpay at pilit nanggagaya kaya ginagamit ang pakikipagkaibigan upang magmanman sa lahat ng kilos natin. Sila ang mga taong akala natin ay kaibigan subali’t pumipigil sa tuluy-tuloy nating pag-angat sa buhay. Nasasabi ko ito dahil, nangyari sa akin mismo, at may mga nakausap din ako na nakadanas ng mga kaparehong pangyayari.
  3. Paggawa ng Desisyon. May mga desisyon tayong ginagawa na kung minsan ay hindi pinag-isipang mabuti. Dito pumapasok ang pagiging padalus-dalos natin na nagre-resulta sa mga pangyayaring pinagsisisihan natin bandang huli. Kung minsan din, dahil sa kayabangan o pride, nais nating ipakita sa iba na kaya nating gumawa ng desisyon kahi’t hindi sumangguni sa iba. Nangyayari ito kalimitan sa mga taong biglang umasenso ang buhay. Dahil sa pagkakaroon nila ng maraming pera, pakiramdam nila ay makapangyarihan na sila at matalino, kaya wala na silang pakialam sa iba. Pati ang mga taong dati nilang nilalapitan noong naghihirap pa sila at hinihingan ng tulong sa paggawa ng desisyon ay itinuring na nilang “bayaran”…ibig sabihin, may katumbas nang halaga ang pakikisama. Iniisip na kasi ng mga taong biglang yumaman na baka lang sila utangan o hingan ng tulong.
  4. Pagpapakita ng pagkamaka-Diyos. Walang masamang magpakita sa iba ng pagkataong maka-Diyos. Yon nga lang, sana ay ilagay sa tamang ayos. May iba kasi na sobra ang ipinapakita na para bang nagpapahiwatig na sila lang ang may karapatang makaligtas sa mga kasalanan dahil hindi sila lumiliban sa pagsamba sa Diyos. Lalong maganda sana kung itong mga tao ay maging taos sa ipinapakita nila sa iba. Yong iba kasi, maski bago lang lumabas sa sambahan at may masalubong sa daan, natutuwa pang makipag-usap na ang paksa ay paninira sa ibang tao.
  5. Pagbili ng mga bargain items. Malaking katipiran ang mga bargain items na nabibili natin sa mga malls o bangketa. Subali’t kung minsan ito ay nagdudulot sa atin ng pinsala. Iilang beses nang naibalita ang tungkol sa mga bina-bargain na mga gamit pampaganda na nabibili sa bangketa na galing Tsina, yon pala ay may lason kaya maraming labi o bibig ang namaga dahil sa paggamit ng pekeng lipstick, mga pisngi na nagkapeklat ng animo mga mapa dahil sa mga pekeng make-up. May mga nakausap na akong nakabili ng mga alahas lalo na kwintas na sinadyang putulin upang palabasing “hablot” o nakaw kaya nabili nila ng mura, binayaran nila ng kung ilang piso lamang, yon pala peke na ang halaga ay bente pesos lamang. Meron ding nakabili ng mga “imported” na toothpaste, nakaw din daw kaya mura, at madalian ang transaksyon dahil baka matunugan ng pulis. Pagcheck sa bahay, ang mga toothpaste, tumigas sa tube at maski anong pindot, walang lumalabas dahil peke na expired pa. Ang matindi ay ang nakausap ko na nasira ang sinus o yong bahagi sa loob ng ilong. Isa siyang addict na nakabili ng pekeng shabu na ang halaga ay halos ¼ lang ng halaga ng street price. Dahil sa katakawan, pagdating sa kanyang kwarto, sininghot agad ito ng malalim at matagal. Nawalan siya ng malay. Nagising siya sa ospital na. Ang nabili pala niya ay tawas! Yong isa naman, tuwang-tuwa sa murang “marijuana” na nabili daw niya sa akala niya ay batang tanga. Pag-uwi, nagsindi agad, yon pala, ang nabili niya ay pinatuyong dahon ng papaya!
  6. Pagbayad sa mga promo services upang magpabago ang anyo. Sa panahon ngayon, pagandahang lalaki at babae ang kalimitang nangyayari dahil sa kagustuhan ng ilan na makaporma na mabuti. Dahil dito nagsulputan ang iba’t ibang mga klinika na may mga promo services. May isa akong kaibigan na sa kagustuhang tumangos ang ilong, nagpa-opera at pumayag na mabutingting ito ng “doctor”. Mura ang bayad niya subali’t isang linggo na, masakit pa rin daw ang ilong niya at parang may uhog o sipon na lumalabas. Nang ipa-check up niya sa isang doctor talaga, ang lumalabas pala ay nana o pus, na-empeksyon pala ang ilong niya. Yong isa namang kausap ko, nagpa-tattoo ng kilay, mura daw dahil may libreng kasama na “facial”. Dahil sa haba ng pila sa parlor, kabilang siya sa mga huling inayusan kaya inabot ng gabi. Tuwang-tuwa siya dahil nakadale siya ng murang kilay na tattoo. Kinabukasan, nang nag-aayos siya habang nagsasalamin, napansin niyang mas mataas ang kaliwang kilay kaysa kanang kilay niya! Yong isa pa, gustong magmukhang Sophia Loren kay nagpakapal ng nguso, yong uso daw ngayon. May promo ang isang beauty clinic kaya susubukan niya. Maski sinabihan ko na siya na hindi bagay sa kanya, itinuloy pa rin dahil sa katigasan ng ulo. Nang tawagan niya ako makalipas ang ilang linggo, hindi ko nakilala ang boses niya dahil naging ngongo kung magsalita, puntahan ko daw siya. Laking gulat ko nang makita ko siya na ang nguso ay parang pinapak ng langgam at sabi niya, “may namunol yanang ungat ngaya hirap ako magsalita” (may naputol yatang ugat kaya hirap ako magsalita). Isa pang kaibigan kong nagmomodel sa isang night club ang gustong magpatambok ng puwit, kaya nakiusap sa isang doctor na bigyan siya ng discount. Nangyari ang gusto niya, subali’t nadisgrasya ang puwit niya kaya hindi na makapagsuot ng bikini, dahil sa pamamaga na kalaunan ay nagkaroon ng nana. Nang gumaling siya pagkatapos ng ilang buwang gamutan, lalong naging “flat” ang puwit kaya wala nang nagti-table at hindi na rin siya nakakasayaw na nakabikini kaya tinanggal siya. Nagtitinda na lang siya ngayon ng barbecue at sigarilyo sa paradahan ng tricycle malapit sa club na dating pinapasukan niya.
  7. Mga pekeng recruiter. Sa bagay na ito, dapat mag-ingat ang mga desperadong magtrabaho sa abroad kahit umabot sa puntong magsangla ng bahay or magbenta ng kalabaw. Nakakadenggoy din ang mga ito ng mga bagong graduate na kumakagat sa mga pangakong magandang trabaho, yon pala, sa mga beerhouse ang bagsak.
  8. Mga announcement ng panalo sa pamamagitan ng text message at email. Kaya ko binanggit ito ay dahil ilang beses na akong nakatanggap ng ganitong mga mensahe, pero kailangan ko daw munang  magpadala sa kanila ng php100 mahigit na load o magpadala sa kanila ng bank account ko. Yong ibang message ay galing sa mga foreigner na pinamanahan daw ng milyon-milyong dolyar at naghahanap ng matutulungan o mapaglalagakan ng namanang pera kaya kailangan ding padalhan sila ng dollar bank account. Ang mga nabanggit ay hindi dapat bigyan ng pansin dahil mga raket.

 

Habang tayo ay nabubuhay hindi natin maiwasan ang mga pagsubok at tukso na madalas nating nasasalubong sa pagtahak natin ng mga daan na hindi na nga matuwid ay lubak-lubak pa, kaya dapat lang mag-ingat ng todo upang tumagal pa tayo dito sa ibabaw ng mundo. Gumawa na lang tayo ng sarili nating paraan upang malampasan ang mga pagsubok na ito dahil napansin na nating ang dapat asahan sa ating pamahalaan ay hindi nangyayari. Kaya nating gawin ito… dahil Pilipino tayo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s Wrong With Us?…and other questions

What’s Wrong With Us? …and Other Questions

By Apolinario Villalobos

 

 

High intelligence quotient sets man apart from the rest of creatures of God that roam the planet earth. At the center of his “self” is supposedly, the conscience which guides him in his decisions. No creation of God is useless, even those that man regards as pest. How much more with us whom the Bible says, He created in His own image? We are like Him. And, because of that we are supposed to exude an image bursting with goodness. But what is wrong with us?

 

Without regard to what will happen next, some of us just let go of our lustful emotion that bring forth, what others call “unwanted” children. Unprepared mothers throw the innocent bundle of joy away – leave it in garbage dumps, in waiting sheds, or flush it down the toilet! What a crime in exchange for a few minutes of happiness! When allowed to grow, the child is neglected. Everyday we see many of them roaming the streets begging or picking morsels of food in garbage bins and dumps.

 

The lucky child who comes forth into this world with the proverbial silver spoon in his mouth grows up pampered by his “loving” parents. These parents mistake pamper for love. They forgot that the growing child needs to be developed and this effort concerns all aspects of his personality. If a child grows in a pampered atmosphere, it will be ingrained in his consciousness that he can get anything what he wants. His childish demands overwhelm the values that the parents are supposed to teach him. Add to this the influence of the environment. A child who recognizes the golden arch that heralds fried chicken, spaghetti and burghers that appear on TV is cute. But is there an effort on the part of the parents to make the same child recognize and appreciate the taste of more nutritious fresh fruits and vegetables? Later on, the parents become frustrated as the same child would raise hell when served foods other than those advertised. Or the parents wonder how their child could become sick when he is fed everyday with spaghetti or hamburger or pizza or fried chicken etc. These are the poor “loving” parents who are now faced with sky-high cost of medicines and hospitalization for the child!

 

Prices of commodities are unpredictably rising. Everybody is complaining about the inadequacy of take home pays. Rallies and demonstrations are held with the wage as one of the issues. Some of those shouting to raise the wage are sporting high end cellphones with prices that range not less than 10 thousand pesos. Some of these guys go to coffee shops where a cup of the black hot beverage costs not less that 50 pesos. Some of these guys leave food on their plates (for the gods?) when eating in swank restaurants or fast foods joints. (I can say this because I know them, I have been with them for a long time.)

 

Why can’t these guys go straight to the agencies responsible in the formulation of wage standards or Department of Labor and Employment for an honest- to- goodness confrontation with the right people? Why march to Malacanang when the president is just waiting for the final bill to be signed into law after having been deliberated in the Congress and Senate?  Why march along busy streets? Everybody already knows about the problem, but why create a situation that would exasperate others who are not part of the activity by causing heavy traffic? Or better, why not conduct press conferences so that matters are clearly laid out for the people to know via the radio, TV or dailies? Why shout the issues in front of the cameras? I wonder if they will still shout their tonsils out if the mediamen covering them have no cameras, just papers and pens.

 

Some mothers seem lazy to try other options to be able to cut on their home expenses. Yet, they pester their husbands for additional allowance. These same mothers never miss scheduled trips to beauty parlors for weekly make-over including the clipping of their nails complete with a paint-over using expensive polishes. One mother was seen on TV being interviewed about the issue on rising prices. As she wiped her tears, she inadvertently displayed her fingernails polished in blazing green with dots of black, one of the fingers with a sparkling ring and from her wrist dangled a gold bracelet.

 

Despite a small take home pay, why do some still have “enough” for several bottles of beer every Friday or Saturday and then cry their heart out on the day that they are supposed to pay the rent, electric and water bills, and kids’ tuition? Why do they always blame the government for the misfortune that befell them when they advertently left their provinces to live in depressed areas in Manila, supposedly to seek their fortune?  Is it the government’s fault when their family bloats with many siblings because of lust? Is it the government’s fault why they miss some opportunities because they spend more time in street corners with their drinking buddies?

 

When shopping either for clothes or grocery, why can’t others check first those with drastically cut price, instead of going straight to the regularly-priced sections? Why insist on preparing meat-based meals almost every day of the week, when they can be alternated with fish and vegetables? At the end, they wonder why they have developed diabetes, high blood pressure, heart diseases and many other illnesses that manifest as they advance in age.

 

Home remedies in the form of condiments, herbs and vegetables that may prevent sicknesses are just waiting around for use anytime at very minimal costs. Vegetables considered before as just food, are now acknowledged as preventive cure for diseases. Others have information about this, but why do they refuse to try them? Why wait until diseases have developed into advanced stages in their bodies before they thought of trying the alternative preventions? Did they not anticipate the high cost of western medications taking a big slice of their budget?  Well, realization and regrets always come late!

 

For office workers, Mondays are days of called-in sick leave, late arrival in the office and worst, outright absence, because the day before was Sunday – family day or gimmick day! Then, there’s the Friday sickness that again necessitates called-in excuses in the desire of some to start a long weekend. If they are serious with their jobs why not treat those days just like the rest of the work days? Why not accept the fact that work week is from Monday until Friday? Why not see to it that enough time for rest is allotted every Sunday even without sacrificing the gimmick or activities with the family? Where is their discipline?

 

Before the arrival of computers, students were contented with books, magazines, journals, newspapers and other printed materials as references for their research. Now, there is the internet which flashes information as soon as tags are encoded in search bars. The internet is a great bank of information that in one instance, the researcher can have as much information as he wanted. But why do students devote more time in browsing the pages of peers in social networks for posted photos,  than enhance their knowledge on matters taken up in school by surfing for added information so that when asked for reports they will not scramble for these to be “copied and pasted” to comprise their submission? Why do professors allow them to just copy and paste their supposedly researched projects? Can’t they tell the difference between an honest-to-goodness write up and a copied one? Or are they guilty, too, of this crime called plagiarism? A question of a viewer about my blog on plagiarism is this: “what if the teacher plagiarizes the work of his student?” The viewer must be a student whose work was plagiarized by his teacher but could not do anything about it. I have yet to check the reactions and comments of other viewers. For now, all I could do is take a long heavy sigh.

 

Why do some people scramble for elected posts in the government? Why do they spend millions during the campaign period and deny this violation when found out by the COMELEC? Why do they hold on to their post when the COMELEC found a reason for them to come down due to violations? Is it because of the people’s money waiting for their taking without questions due to the loopholes in the control system of the agencies which are supposed to protect it? Or is it because the people themselves who are supposed to protect it are themselves involved?

 

Why do elected and appointed government officials blatantly deny their corrupt practices, an act that insults the intelligence of the Filipinos? Is it because they have a gut-feel that nothing will come out of the investigations being made? Is it because if a serious investigation shall be made, only a handful honest officials will be left? That this crisis situation shall never be allowed to happen? How in the world can all “truckloads” of testimonies be checked to prove the guilt of the lawmakers and officials? Are the investigators serious about the probes? or they hauled in those papers just for show!

 

What is wrong with the Congress? the Senate? the President? Why are long overdue bills not considered urgent, such as the one for Freedom of Information (FOI), hence, not enacted  into law until now? Is it because with such law, the media and the ordinary citizens will be able to access more revealing records about malversed funds? Who are being protected? Has the Ninoy and Cory magic went puff that it can no longer lend sparkle to the image their son?

 

Why do we always blame God every time we stumble when we have all the choices to do what is good for us? What is wrong with us?