13 February 2011

Ignorance is not bliss


Irena Sendler.
1910-2008

A 98 year-old German woman named Irena Sendler recently died. During World War II, Irena worked in the Warsaw Ghetto as a plumbing / sewer specialist. Irena smuggled Jewish children out; infants in the bottom of the tool box she carried and older children in a burlap sack she carried in the back of her truck. She also had a dog in the back that she trained to bark when the Nazi soldiers let her in and out of the ghetto. The soldiers wanted nothing to do with the dog, and the barking covered the kids' and infants' noises. Irena managed to smuggle out and save 2,500 children. She was eventually caught, and the Nazis broke both her legs and arms and beat her severely. Irena kept a record of the names of all the kids she smuggled out and kept them in a glass jar buried under a tree in her backyard. After the war, she tried to locate any parents that may have survived and reunited some of the families. Most had been killed. She helped those children get placement into foster family homes or adopted. 

In 2997, Irena was up for the Nobel Peace Prize. She was not selected. Al Gore won -- for a slide show on Global Warming.

Source: Got this from a person I follow in tumblr.
I've had this "article" saved on my hard drive for quite a while and I only opened it again now. I saved it cause it had so much impact on me, I just had to write something about it.

Some time ago, Al Gore had a seminar here in the Philippines. He had one of those large billboards that was propped against SM Sta. Mesa which my papa and I passed everyday, going home from school and work. I had little to zero knowledge about him and my papa explained how he is proposing to cure global warming.

Global warming my ass. It's not even summer yet in the Philippines sun is scorching hot like hell. I don't believe the world is going to end on 2012, but it's definitely going to end somehow, at the rate we're going. 

What bothers me is how in the world did this son of a bitch win the Nobel Peace Prize for a slideshow on global warming against a woman who beaten beyond dignity and integrity for saving human lives? (It isn't grammatically correct, but insert more question marks and even exclamation points here to make a point.) How is it that we are more concerned about the place that we live in rather than lives in its very raw and honest simplicity of the word. What is a place to live in when there are no lives to exist in the first place?

I'll make this short and to the point: we are ignorant.
It only shows how we belittle gracious acts of kindness towards mankind, how we forget to respect lives. There are so many simple ways to save the planet: conserve water and energy, plant a tree for every one that is cut down, don't use CFC-induced products, and whatnot. But to save lives, is not something everyone can do on a regular basis. So keep that in mind, the next time we're nominating someone for the Nobel Peace Prize. Life is unequal to a slide show.


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