At that moment, it was the most I could do after donating and offering prayers for the victims. The natural calamity created much noise before, during, and continues to make terrible noise now. Complaints, infighting, accusations, and blame pepper the air coupled with the dramatics of music videos, human interest stories, and appeals for help and donations.
We are really one noisy bunch. And we can't get our act together.
I tweeted that the after effects of the typhoon indicate our lack of organization, that we are a nation divided and not a nation at all. I continue to participate in both inane and a little intelligent conversations, watch the news and opinions of several experts on almost everything about Yolanda. It makes me wonder, what good is it all doing? Do I really benefit from these discussions? Am I helping?
It can be a cause for much headache, you know, the noise. When sometimes it is better to just be still and keep silent. We can't, which is an indicator of how much internal noise we have.
Heraclitus said "Silence, healing." I should take time to reflect and meditate on all that transpired. I invite you to do the same.
"This incapacity to concentrate and wrestle with ambiguous or challenging issues has obvious implications for learning. It also has implications for our ability to relate to each other, and to understand ourselves." (David Bollier, On the Need for Silence and Solitude)We need silence to survive. The brain cannot function properly when it is distracted. Maybe that's it. Maybe the psyche of the Filipino has been so bombarded with noise that it can't function properly.
Hit Pause. Think. And listen to the stirrings of the heart. If we don't find time for it then we might not hear, feel, and think what we really should.