Archive for: September 2009
Baligtad na nga ang buhay ngayon…mas madaming babae ang nagtatrabaho kaysa sa lalaki…paano… mantakin n’yo,mas maraming negosyo na babae ang mas gusto nilang trabahador,kahit na pwede naman lalaki ang gumawa… e babae ang gusto.Kaya tuloy ang lalaki walang mahanap na trabaho…Ganunpaman, mas marami pa ring lalaki ang humahawak ng mga matataas na posisyon sa kumpanya.Kaya nga puro babae ang kinukuhang trabahador e… ano pa ba.
Extinction is a word used to refer to the death of the very last individual of a species.
It is evolution’s way of cleansing – ‘survival of the fittest.’ A popular term to relate with ‘Natural Selection.’ An inevitable fact of life.
Those who are unable to adapt cease to exist. A hard truth each one of us must face.
Here are some animals recently added to the extinct list (1980 – present):
Extinction is caused by several factors: climactic change, natural calamity, and of course a dominant species usually a highly evolved predator.
Prior to modern man, the dominant species would be the dinosaurs (tyranasaurus rex, the raptors and other large predators) – which maybe, one of the primary reason of the extinction of the inferior of their kind.
Today, MAN is the dominant species. We are either the main cause or contributing to almost all the recorded extinction that has happened from as early as the 16th Century up to the 20th Century.
Mauritius Dodo (hunted to extinction) – 17th Century
Steller’s Sea Cow (hunted to extinction) – 18th Century
Atlas Bear (hunted for sport to extinction) – 19th Century
Falkland Island Fox (Intended Extermination) – 19th Century
Great Auk (hunted to extinction) – 19th Century
Thylacine or Tasmanian Tiger (hunted to extinction) – 20th Century
Israel Painted Frog (marsh habitat drained) – 20th Century
Caribean Monk Seal (hunted to extinction) – 20th Century
African Cape Lion (hunted to extinction) – 20th Century
Caspian Tiger (Intended Extermination) – 20th Century
The most notable extinction directly caused by MAN was of the ‘passenger pigeon’ – from being the world’s most populous bird to become extinct in 1914 due to indescriminate hunting.
MAN is the ultimate predator and all other are inferior species. The only threat to MAN as of today is MAN itself. That is why our world have seen its share of GENOCIDES (which is the deliberate and systematic destruction, in whole or in part, of an ethnic, racial, religious, or national group).
Meanwhile, we see this modern killing field all around us. Right at our own backyard, in our school at work, most evidently in the corporate world and in politics.
MAN is a very destructive species.
However, even the dinosaurs - more fierce and powerful than modern man - met their match.
In comparison to a clock, the dinosaurs ruled the earth for about 6 to 7 hours while modern man for only about 3 seconds. It makes you wonder, that at the rate and status of our efficiency of killing each other - will we be able to reach at least a minute before we become extinct?
They say that a meteor might have caused the extinction of the dinosaurs.
They say that we might even suffer a similar fate.
Or, maybe a new species will wipe us out and replace us as the dominant one in the planet. A mutated virus or a lethal bacteria perhaps. In this case, the hunter now becomes the prey
However, we must not also discount the possibility that our extinction might be caused by our own doing (through a nuclear war perhaps..) – we have proven time and time again to the world of our capacity for destruction.
Our Lust for Power.
Just look at Philippine Politics for example if you can see any kind of redemption.
Maybe, extinction would be a saving grace for Mother Earth.
“Today is a good day to DIE.” – Keiffer Sutherland (flatliners)
That phrase is so cool.
And I love the movie from where it came from.
Flatliners is a 1990 film by Joel Schumacher which stars Keiffer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, William Baldwin and Oliver Platt as medical students experimenting with near-death experiences and suffering the supernatural consequences.
In FaceBook, there is this Quiz App that tells you your approximate death age and how you’re going to croak. Of course, no one takes this seriously but it’s really fun to imagine if one could really know when you’re going to die and how.
Another movie about death is now showing – ‘The Final Destination’ which is the fourth and supposedly the final installment to the ‘final destination’ film series.
The film reminds us that some secrets or truths are best kept unknown.
If I have a choice, I would like to die in my sleep and at a time that I don’t know.
However, the thing that prompted me to writing this blog is the number of really famous personalities here and abroad who died this year.
I have listed here just some of the famous people who died from the start of the year to present:
The Philippines’ Master Rapper DIED of Leukemia
American Actor best known for the 70’s TV series Kung Fu and recently as one of the lead role in Kill Bill with Uma Thurman was found DEAD in Bangkok, Thailand hanged inside his room.
American Actress best known for the 70’s TV series Charlie’s Angels DIED of Anal Cancer
American POP Icon ‘King of POP’ DIED of Accidental Drug Overdose
Philippines’ and Asia’s First Woman President DIED of Colon Cancer
South Korean President and Nobel Peace Prize Recipient DIED of Multiple Organ Dysfunction Syndrome
US Senator from the Kennedy Clan DIED of Brain Cancer
Executive Minister of Iglesia ni Cristo and son of founder Felix Manalo DIED of Cardiopulmonary Arrest
American Actor best known for Dirty Dancing and Ghost DIED of Pancreatic Cancer
With the list of famous people dying this year, one can only wonder who else would join in death’s boat to make this year ever so memorable.
“This year is indeed a good year to DIE.”
There is a thin line that separates a hero from a villain – they both make hard choices and in the end it doesn’t really matter what side you’re with – it’s how u lived through the decisions that you’ve made.
Heroes may also become Villains at some point in their lives. And they can be both at the same time in the eyes of one person.
Every hero has a villain inside them wanting to come out and every villain has a hero inside them waiting to be seen.
Heroes and villains do not choose their path with a blind eye. They act on impulse, they act on circumstances, they act on principles, on values, on beliefs, on instinct.
BUT THEY ACT.
This is the thing that separates them from the mere spectators and the people that they save or terrorize.
This is what separates Superman and Luthor from the rest of the crowd in Metropolis; The Batman and the Joker from Gotham City’s people.
They don’t just stay in the sidelights and watch. They take action. And these actions keeps everything in motion. Changing everything. Good or Bad.
Heroes and villains do not need super powers or high tech gadgets to become one. They just need to ACT. To take INITIATIVE.
When I was in college, I used to hang out with my friends till midnight just talking about anything or goofing around almost everyday. We don’t do the crazy stuffs like drinking booze, or anything.. heck we don’t even smoke and we don’t join gangs or fraternities (which is pretty rampant in those days). We were just the noisy, wacky, annoying and lazy bunch.
Our favorite place to hangout then was either inside the Jeepney of ‘Onad’, my friend eric’s older brother or just the bench right in front of our Barangay Captain’s house. We don’t have money to go to those party places. We just cap the night with a hot lugaw or pandesal and a cold Coke and that’s it. – solve!
One night when we were hanging around inside Onad’s Jeep, a notorious drug addict, gangster, thief and suspected murderer who lives in our Barangay was ganged up by another rival gang. We saw everything because we were just only about 15 feet away from where it happened. After about less than a minute of brawling he was left behind and was able to walk until he collapses just in front of the jeepney where we are in.
A lot of people saw these, they went out of their houses and looked on.
I was studying nursing then at EAC and my nursing instinct told me to come out and help this person. My friends tried to stopped me from coming out – not because it’s dangerous but because in their minds they wanted him to die because he’s known as a human plague in our place, a stupid virus that has to be eradicated.
In my mind, I wanted that too. But I am a nursing student and I know that in my heart that I can help that person because of what I’ve learned in school. Maybe because I thought I have the power to do so. Not the willingness though. But as Ben Parker told Peter Parker in the movie spiderman… “with power comes responsibilities.”
So I went out and made my nursing assessment.. he received numerous stab wounds so i ripped his clothes off and put pressure on the most critical wounds.
My friends saw what I was doing, they all came out of the jeepney and helped me in putting pressure on the other wounds to stop the bleeding. I know that they didn’t want to, but they did, because I was their friend and we stick together.
Our Barangay Captain then finally asked for one of his men to get a tricycle and bring the wounded menace to the nearest hospital.
I did not receive any praise that night for what I did, only stone cold silence from the people around us. I went home with blood on my hands and my shirt. And the confusion that if what I did was right or wrong.
My praise came a few weeks after when I saw the person I helped that night who is now well and good. We crossed path and he said his thanks. I was pretty much pleased with what I did but not until the following day and the days to come.
Because that was the start of our Barangay’s nightly unstoppable gang wars and street rumbles all courtesy of the person who thanked me for helping him that night. There was never a silent night after that.
Some of the people who knew what happened that night started blaming me and my friends and the Barangay for helping him live.
The gang wars only stopped when a policeman finally put a bullet on the body of that person.
His death brought a lasting peace in our place. The gangs laid low and we were able to hang out once again until midnight.
Up until now, I still don’t know if what I did that night was right or wrong.
I ACTED and the world I knew CHANGED.
In the end, what I did didn’t matter… but it is how I lived through the decision I made.
Glass Half-Empty. The pessimist – in my own vocabulary… a realist.
Glass Half-Filled. The optimists – in my own vocabulary… an idealist.