Saturday, October 24, 2009

O Iyo ko? a.k.a. Is it true?

That we are really that ignorant about the state of welfare in the other part of the world, e.g. poverty?


How many of us can truthfully and sincerely say that we never knew that poverty existed in this world? 
Right.  I think not too.  I believe that no one who is reading this right now has totally zero idea about poverty.  I mean, who can be that ignorant, right?


You may agree but most of the time when asked about the existence of such people in our area, the answer will be "Oh... I never knew that."  


If you hear that answer slipping off your tongue, think again.  Is it true that you were NEVER told about poverty?


Or you simply just forgot about it? 


I think most of us belong to the latter group.  Whenever issues concerning sufferings or anything unpleasant crop up, we tend to talk about it for a while and then forget about it.  And we continue our lives as usual as if nothing had happened.  


I don't blame these people.  In fact, I may be one of them.  Because why should we? It doesn't have an immediate effect on us.  We don't know them.  Besides, we have enough problems to deal with as it is.  


True.  But human that we are, when we see another human being suffer, somehow, someday, it WILL leave an impact on us. 


Like this.   


The  picture  depicts  a  famine  stricken  child  crawling  towards  an  United  Nations  food  camp,  located  a  kilometer  away.  The vulture is waiting for the girl to die so it can eat it. 

What happened after that nobody knows, including the photographer who took it.  But this picture, it won him a Pulitzer and changed his life forever.  
Three months later, he committed suicide. 



Ironic, huh? The man who did not want to go near the girl for fear that he would contract a disease ended up taking his own life. He left a note explaining that the "vivid memories of killings and corpses and anger and pain" had haunted him, causing his depression.  

Guilt.  Such a powerful emotion. 



If you ask me, it's a waste.  If the man was to end his life three months later, he should have risked it and save the girl from hunger.  At least, there would still be hopes for survival.  To his credit, he did chase the vulture away.  But who knew, after he left what would have happen right? Sources say that it took 20 minutes for the photographer to position himself in order to get the best shot.  WTH?




In a way, we are very much like the photographer.  We would chase the vulture away if only to satisfy our conscience.  It's like watching a burning building and asking people not to throw oil into the fire though the main concern should be to put out the fire.  

If it had been you there, what would you do? 
Think about it.  



Anyway, it all boils down to our attitude.  My English language teacher, Mrs Yeo (not real name) used to say, "Whatever actions that you take in life, it will be determined by your attitude." 


So, to be or not to be, that is the question.  
Whatever other reasons that you give, those are just excuses



P/S: Forgive me if I sounded too emotional but the picture itself leaves such a great impact on me that I simply cannot erase it from my mind.  It is not the presence of the vulture that disturbs me, but rather the fact that the picture was taken at all (and then submitted and won a Pulitzer... WTH?)

2 comments:

Gnet said...

oh it is such a depressing picture. T_T
and i was having my bfast while clicking on the pic to get a better view -___-"

:'(

mcjayn said...

yeah, kinda make u feel guilty to eat huh?