Wednesday, February 9

Life and Death

I really don't understand the reason why some people just take away their lives with a single snap of their hands. I don't get the point why they kill their own selves. Life is really complicated. Some people commit suicide like life has no value. While some people are trying all the best that they can in order to add some more days and months living. It's a paradox.

Think of the cancer patients who undergo countless chemotherapies to help them ease the pain and to extend their lives. Think of the people suffering from great illnesses who pray every night for God to help them cure. Think of those who died in accidents who wished they were given more time to live. Think of the babies who wasn't given the chance to see the world. Now think of those who have every thing they need in their lives, those who do not need to undergo medical treatments to extend their lives, those who do not cry for help every night, those who have all the chances to enjoy life BUT WHO CHOSE TO COMMIT SUICIDE.

Isn't it sad to know that while others strive hard to live, others take life for granted? These things came to my mind earlier this day because of the news I have read on Twitter and heard on TV. The former defense secretary Angelo Reyes committed suicide. It was said that he shot himself after visiting his mother's grave and telling the latter that he will never dishonor the name of their family. For the past weeks, there has been a controversy in the Philippine Senate because of the accusation about the graft and corruption committed by the Generals of the Air Forces of the Philippines (AFP.) According to the whistle blower, these generals receive large amounts of money under the former PGMA's term. The late secretary Reyes was one of the persons in the AFP that was allegedly accused as a corrupt military chief. There is an on-going hearing of the case in the Senate that had probably affected the late secretary on his decision to commit suicide.

I just feel so sad about what happened and the ending of his life. He shot himself dead, maybe, for the reason of running away from all the problems that he is currently facing. Maybe he couldn't take it anymore and decided to cut his life short rather than suffer with all the accusations that are thrown to him. For me, whatever his reasons are, still, killing his self is not justifiable. He may have escaped from all the problems but he has also missed many opportunities in life. He may have abstained himself from the crime but he has also taken away the moments that he could have spent with his loved one should he had lived. I believe that he was a man of great honor and intelligence but what he just did degraded his whole self.

I wish he had spent more time with his self and more time evaluating about the happenings in his life. I wish he was stronger to combat the problems that he was in. I wish he had the courage to face everything. I wish he had more hope to believe that no matter what happens, life goes on. I wish he had seen the value of a happy family to prevent him from taking his life away. May he rest in peace.

What happened should serve as a lesson to all of us. No matter how big our problems are, still, killing one's self is not the answer. Ending one's life does not ease the burdens in life but rather, it makes everything more complicated. I hope we all value the gift of life because not everybody has the chance to enjoy its fullness. Others are taken by God at a very young age while some of us are given more chances to enjoy the fullness of life.


Let us preserve our life and continue to serve others. Let us thank God for sunshine that makes our every morning great. Thank God, we're alive.


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