Calendars change, but old ways seldom do. The morning after welcoming 2013 with a bang, the streets are littered with the usual New Year’s trash. Same old story. The party hits the streets but no one cares enough to clean up after.
We have complicated our New Year’s celebrations to ensure that we welcome prosperity and success. But after the party winds down, we’re back to our old ways for the next 364.5 days.
We won’t change for the better if we:
- allow superstition to imprison us, believing that certain colors, shapes, sounds, and practices are to usher in luck and prosperity
- disregard the other’s welfare in exercising our freedom to do whatever we want
- do not follow the rule of law and sweep violations under the rug
We need a change of heart. A change for the good. Let’s clean up our act. If we really consider the Philippines as the only Christian nation in Asia, then let’s be that – a nation truly under God, Whose Word alone can change the course of one’s life towards all that is Godly and good.
A few hours before 2013, most will be celebrating the New Year with fireworks and firecrackers. In the Philippines, legal and illegal firecrackers cause injury, property damage, and worse, pollution – both air and noise.
I couldn’t understand why, after the existense of the Clean Air Act, do we still allow the firecracker industry and it’s clients to continue polluting the very fragile environment we have. Aren’t there enough smoke-belching buses along EDSA that we need still need to pollute the air yearly? I don’t want to inhale poisonous fumes while celebrating. That’s not my idea of fun.
And it’s really stupid to think that we can ward off evil spirits and usher in luck by creating so much noise. If the religious leaders would just get their act together, they’d teach their followers that life isn’t ruled by luck and other superstitions. If parents were really responsible, they’d discourage their kids from this dangerous and irritable practice. If the government just did it’s job… oh, well.
So off I go to the hotel where I can have peace and quiet and clean air. It’ll give me time to reflect on the past year and plan for the new one. Oh, and i’ll watch the news for firecracker accidents that show mutilated body parts and kids crying and drunk adults being amputated. These people ritually leave their brains on standby mode during this time of year – reason enough for being in the news as part of another statistic.
Happy New Year.