We Love Therefore We Serve

Essay of Felipe Dimaculangan

“The fruit of SILENCE is Prayer. The fruit of PRAYER is Faith. The fruit of FAITH is Love. THE FRUIT OF LOVE IS SERVICE. The fruit of SERVICE is Peace,” Mother Teresa of Calcutta once said.

Love—a four-letter word which the definition varies. A love that can either be between a mother to her child, a leader to his country, citizens to their nation, a love between two sexes, or the love to Heavenly God. Love is like a diamond, many facets and is precious. Vast, and a feeling that everyone experiences. But what true love is that, love serves.

In now’s time, relationship between couples is in trend, however, most relationships end to a break-up. So there is the “Hugot” thing that deals with teenagers. Common to all are misunderstandings and challenges. But the two are just some of the composition of love. An individual shall be prepared to hurt when he chooses love. At the same time, if he wanted the relationship to everlast, he shall be tough and shall understands. He serves his partner similarly as his partner serves him. Love serves.

Every month of August, Filipinos celebrate “Buwan ng Wika” showing their love and appreciation towards our native language Filipino. Likely as the citizens sing the national anthem during flag raising ceremony, love is undoubtly felt. They show their respect to nation and same to our beloved battalions, ready to serve our country against interferences. Love serves.

Most of the Filipinos work abroad to better sustain the needs of the family. Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) work diligently in earning money, with the longing of love from their family. Living and working at long distances with the uncertainty of dangers. Another proof that love results to service.

In another case, bewildering election era heats up every six years. Fate of running politicians is in hand of the people. Typically, you can hear from their mouths the platforms they wanted for the country, but end up false promises. However, undeniably, there are still government officials who burn their eyebrows in dealing with problems the country is facing. Trying to leave a legacy on the end of their administration—a legacy of country’s prosperity and economic progression, not the common burden of degradation. Politician serves for his love on nation.

Lastly is the love of people to God, the most vital and everyone must be interested to. “God is love,” a bible verse said and so, God serves us through forgiving our sins even we never deserve forgiveness. He lends his hands for our supplications. God loves us, and He serves us. In the other way around, we similarly love God, and we serve Him.

With the abovementioned examples, we can prove Mother Teresa’s statement. We serve because we love it. Nobody will certainly serve someone if it is not on his interest, kiddo. Scrutinize the place we are into, this wide-array Earth, you probably conclude, “Love really makes the world go round.”

Pace of Doom

Science and Technology article of Felipe Dimaculangan written on Friday, September 02, 2016.

Imagine you are in a grim nightmare. Isolated on a dark street, your body shivers from a cold dull night. Examine the reality of place you are into, turn around and you see the dumped household wastes beneath a lamppost, several cars parked at home garages, drainages limped with toxins, flies, bees, and mosquitoes joyfully wafting to places, and the stank air you continuously breathe in. Inhale the dirt of yourself, it is lethal and you probably die. Wait for the sunshine and you see its striking strobes slaying your once silk-like skin. Will you stay on the grim nightmare, or face the threatening repulsive streaks of light in the morning?

Climate change has had caused various phenomena of burden: abnormal rise of heat, increase in sea levels, maladies and deaths, and destruction of the natural treasures. The last 15 months in a row have set records globally for heat, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. And inclination of hottest year rose to the society, a record broken in 2010, 2014, and 2015.

2005 and the proceeding years recorded to be the hottest years which are 1.8 degrees warmer than a century ago. As a result, Arctic Sea ice was reported to account low amounts of water.

Extreme weather results to deadly heat waves, droughts, and flood-inducing downpours. Moreover, hot water already killed corals so fishes are affected. The extremity also caused the Syrian drought and civil war that resulted into crisis of refugees. Sea levels have risen a foot in the waters around New York city in the past century from the Superstorm Sandy.

“Allergies, asthma, heat deaths, diseases spread by ticks and mosquitoes, dirtier air, and more contaminated water and food worse the situation,” a federal report said on April.

Burning fossil fuels contributing to global warming is sad to know that it is legally approved for financials. World’s average income will shrivel 23 percent by 2100 if carbon dioxide pollution continues at the current pace, as to a 2015 study out of Stanford and the University of California Berkeley.

Obama likely adds to the burden as he will impose 1, 000 power plant projects that cost $ 8 billion a year. Huge things can be done about air pollution, and we took steps that reduce ozone depletion and acid rain, as to Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush.

“Abrupt, unpredictable, and potentially irreversible changes with highly damaging impacts,” world’s largest general scientific society warns.

You are actually in a horrid fascination of reality. Owing through technology, humanity thrives for a tranquil life. Did you already picture in your mind that if you burn your trash, for example, would also burn you by the freaking rays of Helios at the end? Come to think a world now in plain blue because greens have been drowned by waters. Anyone cannot resist to inclusion. Have your playful minds ever envisage the morning you wake up is also the moment you die from an oven-like room? Aircon ventilations cannot certainly help you but just feel pity watching you gasping the man-made pace of doom!