Galatians 6:7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.
All these disasters that have befallen us must have shown us by now that the environment is as vital to us as the air we breathe.
We might as well not have air if we do not have trees.
All these cataclysms that have visited the Philippines must have taught us by now that protecting the environment is not a matter of choice, or preference, it is a matter of necessity. A matter of life and death.
Take actions now before its too late.
Illegal mining played a part in the recent catastrophe. But that was nothing compared to the deforestation of the watersheds in Lanao del Norte and Bukidnon, which feed into the major rivers of Mindanao. Without trees to absorb the water and prevent soil erosion, the waters came tearing down into Cagayan de Oro like an avalanche.
The flash flood brought death and destruction to CDO, Iligan and Dumaguete in Mindananao and other locations in Vizayas. The sight of dead people are almost everywhere. We are more and more becoming used to the sight of dead women and children in the tabloids, news, and internet.
We are more and more becoming numb to the horrible effects of mining and illegal logging.
The idea of behavior having repercussions or consequences is not unique to Christianity.
The whole of karma in Hinduism is intrinsically linked to the concept of “you reap what you sow.”
“Buy now, pay forever.”
Some would suggest that ultimately, someone pays a price for bad behavior and benefits from the good, but the individual is not always the payee or the receiver.
Determining the precise and long reaching effect of a single action may be difficult to do without a time machine.
In all, the idea “you reap what you sow” can be simplified to suggest that actions will have consequences.
They don’t necessarily have immediate consequences. But it’s the beginning. We have to start somewhere. It’s an idea that can be taken philosophically, religiously or scientifically, or it may just apply to encouraging good behavior today so that hopefully tomorrow such behavior may influence the person or the world in a positive way.
I hope the government will have more aggressive programs to encourage planting of trees and take drastic action against illegal mining and illegal logging so as to protect the environment.
May all the illegal loggers and illegal mining firms in the Philippines be afraid of Karma. Stop being greedy!
Kaswapangan mo buhay ang kapalit! Sana makonsensya kayo! Nagpapasasa kayo sa pera mula sa maling pagpuputol ng kahoy para magkaroon kayo ng maalwang buhay at ano ang kapalit? Maraming inosenteng buhay!