few points of reflection from my Theo class with Roberto Guevara and Philo class with Jesus Principe I will keep here as archive
In the Odyssey, Homer wrote that men are so quick to blame the gods for suffering but often do not realize that they cause it themselves. This is suffering with human causation; suffering because of human error, ignorance, apathy etc. This can be understood as cause and effect but still, never be acceptable.
But to what do we owe meaningless suffering? Suffering for no apparent reason? To what is the cause and purpose of it?
What do you say to the mother who has done nothing but persevere in the face of her son’s looming death?
What do you say to the 10-year-old kid fighting cancer, who isn’t even old enough to understand the science of it?
What do you say to your 20 year old househelp who has lost both her parents as a child and now lost her only foster parent, the only person she sees as family?
There are no words, thoughts nor deeds to justify any type of suffering and so you answer by silence?
Silence is as well a stand as choosing to let it be. Many choose to be silent in their well-kept homes, in the comfort of aircon rooms and tinted cars to which they pretend the kid selling sampaguita doesn’t exist.
I hope you don’t waste all that has been given to you only to step on, over and past others; to reach such heights that you no longer see where your feet touch ground. I hope you dream big but big enough for it to be inclusive of many.
A great teacher once said that we do not help coming from a privileged place. We belong to no platform of greatness. We are all the same; equal. We help so that we, too, may rise alongside them and destroy these hardened oppresive social structures that suffocate the poor.
When will you break your silence?