On opinions

Everyone thinks their opinions matter more than anybody’s. The ones closest to the catastrophe view more things in detail and thus have a better idea of the root cause of the problem while the ones who view things from afar see the bigger picture and hence see better the extent of the damage and can plan better the extent of help needed. This difference in perspective should be beneficial in the overall contribution to the solution.

Unfortunately, people fight against each other based on this gap, building strong walls of defense to block the other side, always trying to be more relevant and valued than the other. Instead, they should be coming together, discuss things in the middle, and cooperate in building the complete picture. This is often overlooked. Therefore, the damage only gets worse and the ones close enough cry out as they struggle to find a solution while desperately seeking for help, some of them dying without being attended to or heard; and the ones far enough, unaffected and bent on making their own conclusions, supposedly capable of helping out tremendously, have become either overly aggressive or apathetic. There are also those who take advantage of the situation and relentlessly feed themselves with the spoils.

Time is wasted resulting from the stigma of this unnecessary strife—the primary cause of which is fear. Fear to be silenced, fear to be rejected, fear to be ridiculed, fear of inconvenience, fear of wrath, and fear of death. It is imperative then that one should overcome their own fears and start acting out of love. Love for their own people, love for their country, and their love for what is right. Whether we like it or not, love is indeed the answer; love that is alive, active and powerful. Love looks for wisdom while still doing what is right and just. Love goes beyond the differences, and therefore love should always rule.

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