Look Around

Wow. It's been silent here for since I-don't- know-when. School kept me busy these past few weeks and well, it still is keeping me busy, but this time it wont keep me from posting for a while. I just have to get away from all those lesson plans and stuff. Just have to take a break.

Anyway, let me just show you something. Please observe carefully.

I got this e-mail from my father. It really is heart-shattering. This photo taken during a Sudan famine in 1994 won a Pulitzer Prize. this picture depicts a famine-stricken child who's crawling towards a United Nations food camp -- located a KILOMETER away. Take a look at that vulture behind this child. Guess what? It's just waiting for the child to die so it can eat him.

Shocking indeed. Nobody knows what happened to the child. Not even the photographer who took this. I was furious at the photographer when I read this. Why, despite his ability to help, did he just left this child who badly needs him?

Kevin Carter, the photographer, left the child after taking a photo of him. Three months after this incident, he committed suicide due to depression. And this was found in his diary:

Dear God, I promise I will never waste my food
no matter how bad it can taste and how full I may be. I pray that He will
protect this little boy, guide and deliver him away from his misery. I pray
we will be more sensitive towards the world around us and not be
blinded by our own selfish nature and interests.

I hope that this will serve as an eye-opener for all of us. That we, despite the current state of our country, is still blessed enough. Let's always be thankful for what we have. As youth, we keep whining over simple things that we think are very important, forgetting that the world is bigger than us. Let's not take for granted the simplest of things that we now enjoy.

Right now, if you'll ask what I'm thinking, I believe that if only Kevin Carter helped the child, both of them will be alive...if only he let his conscience rule over his..i don't know.. fears, maybe?

0 couldn't resist blurting something out
Got naked on Sunday, September 24, 2006
11:25 AM