I open my serious post with a very light and easy title. But I cannot stress it more that its far more serious than this.
Let me begin by saying, look around you. Have you not noticed any change in the surroundings, or were you too busy to realize anything that has been changing? Philippines has always been a disaster prone country. And honestly, I'm happy that we haven't been stricken by the worst. If you aren't aware, let me enumerate some for you.
On August 2, 1968, an earthquake caused the collapse of Ruby Tower buildings, leaving hundreds of people trapped underneath the rubble.
On August 17, 1976, an earthquake caused a tidal wave or tsunami that killed about 8,000 people in Mindanao, according to the Information Please Almanac.
In September 1984, a typhoon codenamed Ike killed 1,300 persons while in 1995 typhoon Angela killed 700 people.
On July 16, 1990, an earthquake that registered 7.7 on the Richter scale killed 1,700 people, injured 3,000 individuals and displaced 148,000 more in Luzon.
In June, 1991, Mount Pinatubo in Zambales province had the century's second largest volcanic eruption, as it unleashed some 15 million tons of sulfur dioxide into the earth's atmosphere that resulted in slight cooling of the earth's temperature.
As a typhoon codenamed Thelma was passing the Philippines on November 5, 1991, a flashflood hit Ormoc City in Leyte province, killing at least 3,000 people and destroying the homes of 50,000 others.
On July 2, 1993, a pagoda carrying hundreds of Catholic devotees during the annual pagoda festival in Bocaue, Bulacan sank into the muddy Bocaue River.
On August 3, 1999, heavy torrential rains caused a landslide that killed 58 people and buried over 100 houses at Cherry Hills Subsivision in Antipolo City.
On July 12, 2000, the Philippines witnessed one of the world's most horrifying images of social tragedy in history. Nearly 500 garbage scavengers who were living literally at the Payatas dumpsite in Quezon City were buried alive under tons of garbage when a 50-foot garbage mountain collapsed on their makeshift houses at the height of torrential rains.
On November 9, 2001, a typhoon locally named "Nanang" caused a flashflood that buried 350 residents of Mahinog in the island-province of Camiguin.
On September 26, 2009, Ondoy caused a huge percentage of Metro Manila to sink.
The question is, where were you during these times? What have you done to contribute to these changes? If you did, what would you not do to prevent any of these to happen all over again?
Change is imminent. It happens in different times and proportions. Sometimes it comes in multitude of joys and sorrows. If there was some means to prevent it, would you not grab it? Would you not advocate it?
People get scared of predictions, others show aversion towards it. If the warning is true, wouldn't it be worth it to work on its prevention? What if it takes place and you didn't do your part? What is more bitter than not having to contribute to the wellness of the humankind? If we don't believe, it doesn't mean it can stop an upcoming disaster. What is there to lose in believing and giving everything you can to prevent it? Believe and contribute. When it doesn't happen, give all your praise to God. Isn't that how things are supposed to work?
What is the point of contradicting what you do not have within your power to change? This calls for faith. Believe and do your part.
Philippines is in danger of an upcoming earthquake, to all my readers, please pray with me to reverse this disaster. Collective consciousness can still make a difference. Exercise your faith and do your part. Pray. Pray hard that change would not be so disastrous for us all.