“No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden; or under a bowl. Instead, he puts it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light.” Luke 11:32-34
although there were other relevant issues that could affect our well-beings like the ah1n1 pandemic, the opening of the new school year or the state of the economy in general; the recent scandal involving prominet names in showbusiness and the medical profession have been hugging the headlines for weeks now . all i could feel is sadness and pity for the women who were obviously taken advantage of, consensual or otherwise.
yes, much had already been said about it, yet much more have already been seen in the videos. and yes, some people did something wrong. their secrets were recorded, then somehow, suddenly they were discovered. now everyone involved is reacting, each in a way different from the other. and so too the spectators. so what now? whatever have we gained from all this scandal? and what have we lost?
come to think of it, all of us make mistakes. some we do knowingly. but most of them, we carefully hide in the cores of our beings. we go to great lengths just to conceal them. until such time that circumstances give us away, and there is no place on earth to run or hide. and sometimes…just sometimes, we voluntarily give them up, because we can no longer stand the guilt. our conscience overwhelms us. until there’s no other way to go but confess, be sorry and resolve never to do it again.
but if there’s one good thing that comes out of these, it is that realization that the same can happen to us and we may better be prepared for it. it may not be in the form of a scandal, but whatever the consequences of our own misgivings and excesses, we all have to face someday… somehow. we may as well look inwards now, and watch our own life video play. is it worth watching over again? or is it too shameful we can’t even stand to watch, much less play it over again? does it inspire? or does it evoke only depression and frustration?
i believe this scandal episode is only a part of one big story. it is one dream of mine that someday, the lead characters in this story, who are the legislators passing laws would rather sponsor bills rewarding people for the good they have done. i also dream that someday, instead of scandals, crimes and frivolities, the primetime news would headline only the good, the better and the best in every person and the beauty of the world we live in. perhaps, the inspiration would spread like a pandemic. and maybe, we would all be stricken with only love and compassion.
i also dream that someday, videos would be able to expose the real essence of a human being. maybe then, ang “hidden ko” would just be a thing of the past.