Saturday, July 3, 2004

[Essay] Reflections From A Man Buried Alive

During breakfast two days ago, I encountered a news article entitled "Man Buried Alive."

I can't help but be interested and so I read the short article and most probably as of this writing, he's currently applying for a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for having defeated the record of a man who was buried alive for 4 days! Imagine that!

This guy (sorry, I forgot where he's located), was buried for 10 days without food, water & light. He survived & communicated with his loved ones through a tube attached to the coffin extending upwards to the outside world. And throughout his "experiment," he realized a few things and I would like to quote him:

"While I was underground, I thought about all the things happening in the world, and I realize that human life is so futile that we must be glad for the time given to us. We should respect our lives."

And I believe the lives of others too if I might add.

The above quotation got stuck on my mind that I forgot everything else about the man himself. Though it could definitely be harmful to our health if we too tried his experiment on ourselves, his words are worth of our own attention and reflection given this trying times whether it be political, social, or personal.

I'm going to refrain from giving my opinion on the political issue because it just might raise a few if not a multitude of arguments so to keep things peaceful, I'm going to comment on the social & personal issues.

On a social scale, just looking through the news would definitely give us an idea on how human life is so futile. There being various crimes committed, drugs and alcohol and other life-threatening elements all around us. Crimes are self explanatory and so are drugs. Now maybe you're thinking that alcohol only harms the one drinking but if you'd take a minute to think, I hope you'll realize that it isn't so. Especially when you drink and drive because clearly, it is a manifestation that an alcoholic has no respect whatsoever for his own health and is completely disregarding the safety of the innocent people around him who could be in an accident because of one irresponsible
drunk driver. I guess same goes with smoking.

On a personal level, the perfect example would be how a few heartbroken people kill themselves because some girl/boy dumps them for another. Didn't they realize that if it's not meant to be...it's not meant to be??? True that it hurts so bad when the person you thought who loves you leaves you instead for another BUT IT DOESN'T MEAN THAT IT'S THE END OF THE WORLD! Instead, we should get up, wash our faces and get out - enjoy being single once again, meet new people - falling out with someone is just a way for us to learn something, for us to be stronger emotionally, a time to focus on ourselves and to take greater care of ourselves. Why did I say that last part? Well, based on observation and a few interviews from reliable sources, people in relationships - esp. in a give & give or take & take relationship-the ones who give & give tend to forget themselves & become less of a person compared to what they were before the relationship. You know what I mean...so, I'm saying that now is the time to do all the things you were planning to do before you got hooked up with some jerk (sorry for the bad language). Now is the time to rebuild your self-esteem & confidence. A time to pamper yourself and most of all, a time to love yourself a little more correction - A LOT MORE!

For others to learn to love & respect you, you yourself should learn to love & respect yourself. And the rest will follow your lead.