Even though I am on a holiday vacation, I still feel a bit guilty of staying up this late. I guess it is because that I am a time freak now. Yes, adulthood. You got it right.
I cannot sleep for this reason, a t.v. program about polar bears in Svalbard is bothering me. I forgot the name of the program but I feel bad about the fate of the polar bears not only because they are endangered species but because of the hard life that they have to go through because of our negligence and greed. I cannot also believe how can people actually think that climate change is unreal and not happening despite the evidences. In my opinion, you do not have to be a scientist to notice the changes in our environment and climate. The extreme storms in the north/west, tsunami in Asia and extreme drought in Africa- these are just some examples of the effects of climate change.
Earlier today, I read on the news that a lot of people received a DVD in their mailbox. No one knows who the sender is. The content of the DVD is a four hour homemade film (which was copied and stitched together from different films) about the Holocaust. The title according to NRK is “Illuminating the Holocaust”. It is actually trying to convince people that Holocaust did not happen at all. Which I find scary, not because I think that someone would believe this propaganda material but because there are people out there who would ruin everything, including nullify a part of the history just to get what they want. Hence, contributing to the world’s rising turmoil.
Thanks to this Facebook’s function, we can now see what other people like, dislike and share. Not only that, we can also see what our friends write in discussions and forums alike.
I’m always logged in to Facebook. I think I’m hooked to fishing for articles to read. Everything is there! You don’t have to search. When friends like an article, it will show in your feeds and tell you that a friend has read that same article that you’ve read. Same happens when he/she writes a comment about an article or a simple status.
I also learned more about my friends and acquaintances. Some of them are very quiet outside but very vocal on Facebook. In short, people have other sides too aside from their real lives. Well, people are used to it now. The moral lesson is it’s up to us what we want others to see. But sometimes when I read comments, I can’t help but think if these people are just fooling around in the comment section or it’s their real colors unconsciously being exposed.
A couple of weeks ago, an article appeared in my feed about a 5 year old girl who got raped by her uncle. Apparently, it was one of my close relatives who shared the article and wrote a comment on it. I clicked on the link and read the article. After that I went back to Facebook and checked out the comments. I found my relative’s comment and I was utterly surprised by her comment which is “She liked it for sure or else she wouldn’t allow it.”. First, I had to read her comment three times just to check if I’ve read her comment correctly. I was speechless. To think that an old woman could make such impertinent remark. I’m both sad and angry at the same time because I thought that I know her and it’s wrong to blame the 5 year old girl for the rape. Where are the Christian values you have thought us? Where is sympathy?
Because of the incident, I unfollowed her on Facebook and other social media sites. I can’t understand why some people have the guts to blame a child for something that she’s not capable of doing. She got raped and it is against her will. My God, what are you thinking? I know that I should’ve replied to her comment/thread, but I don’t want to do it online.
My point here is it is never wrong to express your opinion but we should all learn to respect one another and if you got nothing nice to say, then don’t say it at all especially when it involves abused children.
After a couple of days following the presidential elections in the Philippines on Facebook, I’ve had enough. I will not say anything about which of the candidates I think should have won, because it’s the majority of the votes count in the end and don’t forget democracy. Politics is a dirty game and we all know that. Politicians promise the moon and the stars (or even the whole universe) to us during the campaign period and it is up to us if we are going to believe them or not.
I’ve never got a chance to vote in the Philippines. It’s not because that I don’t care about politics but because of the fact that I moved to Norway after I turned 19. But I always follow the politics and read news about my motherland because I owe to her my life, friends and family.
So I’m aware of what is happening down there. It’s not only the candidates who are “destroying” each other’s reputation but the supporters as well! I wondered if these people are real or they are just trolls but no. What I really despise are the derogatory comments and remarks. Haven’t they learned anything at school debates? Where is the respect? Where are the values? Can’t you just agree to disagree?
Why is the women’s choice to have babies limited by time and age? Why is it acceptable for men to have babies later? I know! Unfair right?
I’m in my 30’s and I admit that I’m not yet ready to have babies. Don’t take me wrong, I love kids but the thought of having one now is giving me anxieties. No, it’s not because of responsibilities. I’m not running away from responsibilities. I pay my bills and pay my student loan back. What I want at the moment is to get a full time job and some solid savings. I can’t see nothing wrong with living your dreams first and postponing having kids.
I felt sad that hubby thinks otherwise. I understand his sentiments. I’m in my 30’s and the chance for conceiving a child is lower compared to my earlier years. However, I’m not yet ready mentally. As I’ve said earlier, I need to do some things first. I do have a goal that I would start having kids by the age of 35. My hubby upon hearing this gave me a lecture about my reproductive system. He said that I’m getting old. But I don’t feel like I’m getting old! I told him that my cousin and some friends got kids at 35 and it went well. They didn’t have complications and didn’t have problems with the pregnancy. I get it. He wants kids and he wants to secure his chance of having kids. So I mentioned that adoption is a good alternative too. But I got another lecture as a response. Oh well, I’d take it as a no then!
My hubby and I are not yet done with this topic about babies. I hope we’ll come up to an agreement anytime soon.
No matter who they are or what they have done in their lives, they are still human beings that need to be respected and treated as if they are our friends or family. They may act as if they do not recognize the world anymore, but remember they have once built this land before you were born. Do not also forget that one day you will also be needing a helping hand, to guide you with your medicines, help you eat and help you walk.
So please be nice to them, at least. Smile and tell them how glad you are to see them.