Ang Pagiging Mataba

Ang Pagiging Mataba

ni Apolinario Villalobos

 

Unang-una, dapat aminin ang katotohanan na hindi maitatago dahil masyadong obvious. Huwag nang pagtakpan ng mga salitang, “healthy”, “chubby”, etc. ang isang tao na obvious naman talagang mataba. Wala namang masama sa pagiging mataba. Kung nagkaroon ng hormonal irregularity kaya naging ganito ang katawan, hindi kasalanan ng may-ari ng katawan. Pero kung tumaba dahil sa junk foods, ibang usapan na yan….kasalanan niya dahil sa kasuwapangan.

 

Kaya naging isyu ang katabaan ay dahil sa mga sticker na dinidikit sa ilang aircon van sa Maynila, tulad ng: “Slims Only”, “Bawal ang Mataba”, “Tatlong Payat Lang Dito”, etc. na ayon sa LTFRB ay bawal kaya papatawan ng parusa ang mga driver. Pero, pati ang mga operator o may-ari ng mga tinutukoy na van ay dapat ding parusahan dahil ang ganitong gawain, bukod sa nakakainsulto ay isang uri ng pang-aabuso at pangmumulestiya ng karapatan. Hindi dahilan ang kalugian ng mga driver kung may sasakay na mataba sa minamaneho nilang aircon van. Dahil kung ganyan ang pananaw nila, dapat ang mga payat ay kalahati lang ang bayad!

 

Hindi naman nangyayaring sa tuwing biyahe nila ay matabang sumasakay. Dapat ay asahan na nila ang ganitong sitwasyon tulad halimbawa ng mga pagkakataong karamihan ng pasahero nila ay mga estudyante o senior citizens kaya mababawasan ang kita nila dahil sa discount. At, lalong dapat ding ihalintulad ito sa mga araw na matumal ang kita, wika nga ay mahina kaya dapat ay tanggapin na lang nila. Hindi naman lahat ng pinagkikitaan tulad ng negosyo ay sagana ang kita…ganyan din sa pagmamaneho ng public conveyance tulad ng aircon van.

 

Ang hindi naisip ng mga abusadong aircon van operators at drivers ay ang kasabihang ‘HUWAG MONG GAWIN SA IBA ANG AYAW MONG GAWIN NILA SA YO”. Dahil diyan, kung hindi man sa kanila mismo mangyayari ang kahalintulad na insulto at pang-abuso, ang mga ito ay maaaring sa anak nila, asawa, kapatid, magulang, o iba pang mahal sa buhay!

 

AT, ANG PINAKAMASAMA AY NAGPATABA GAMIT ANG NINAKAW NA PERA MULA SA KABAN NG BAYAN!

What Excesses can Breed

What Excesses can Breed

By Apolinario Villalobos

Anything that is beneficial but taken in excess can be lethal, and anything that is done with good intention, though, in excess can be vicious.

Drugs are supposed to prevent or cure diseases, but when taken in excess can result to unexpected death of a patient, that is why some of these cannot just be bought over the counter of pharmacies, as they need proper prescription from authorized medical practitioners. On the other hand, an overdose of food can cause obesity which can lead to diseases. Drinking water in excess may affect the proper functioning of the heart that is why one of the worst thing that can happen to anyone, is the unchecked water retention of the body.

Too much love can mean pampering that could result to the “spoiling” of the person being loved. It can also drive one to commit a crime of passion because of the fatal attraction that developed. And, worst, it can lead the weak of emotion to the verge of insanity. The same is true with kindness which can result to the abuse of the kind-hearted. Along this line, too much familiarity among friends could develop abuse, too, on the part of the ones with weak discipline, disposition, and who are naturally selfish.

It is not bad to be hard working, but abusing the body to the point of exhaustion could mean fatigue and if left unchecked could be fatal, too. Also, in a group that is expected to work as a team, those working hard, may be abused by the indolent members who may become overly dependent. That is why, for the sake of teamwork, it is important that roles are played fairly.

As to the expression of faith, those who manifest it with utmost sincerity according to what their religion says, is admirable. However, to be boisterous about it, and be proud about their belief that only they have the right to be saved, really stinks. It is revolting to see a faithful with outstretched hands and who walks on his or her knees from the door of the church to the altar, or pretend that he or she is overcome by the “spirit” while praying as shown by his or her fainting or uncontrolled shaking body…a scene that can be comical for others. All these overdose of faith is fanaticism.

Too much freedom in a nation can breed abuse on the part of inconsiderate and undisciplined constituents. And, too much discipline instilled in a person can make him too “sterile” and oblivious to the imperfect, albeit, normal actuations of others.

The world needs air and rain, but too much of them, results to typhoons and floods. The same is true with the cool and immaculate snow, as too much of it, results to snowstorm. The wildlife has its own way of “moderation”. And, it seems that lesser creatures are more intelligent than man in observing such discipline. I have seen film footages of different kinds of wild animals milling around drinking holes where the strong are shown chasing the weak with the obvious intention of enjoying the latter as dinner. After the overpowering animals have had their fill, they back off and leave the rest of the packs.

Greed and selfishness are innate in man’s character, but should be manifested in moderation to prevent exploitation of others that could result to their suffering. Unfortunately, it does not happen in politics where greedy officials are not satisfied with what they may have already stolen from the government coffer, and which could already ensure them of a comfortable retirement. They practically, want everything by all means….not only money but lifetime power!