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A Gasp of Optimism

Kelvene Requiroso

Posted on July 19, 2018 05:17

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The world is not what it seems, and one of the keys to understanding it is to look from perspectives other than what the dominant voices present it to be. Mainstream media report world events, and it is for the public to interpret the news using many different lenses.

The world is not what it seems, and we need to see it from a perspective other than what the dominant voices present it to be. As the media reports world events, we interpret the news. And with all the alarming and disturbing headlines, lies and political propaganda, hate speech and vitriol, wars, violence against women and children, exploitation of the poor, racism and continuing discrimination of minorities, it is tempting to see the world with cynicism, that it is a world enmeshed in darkness and evil.

There seems to be no room for optimism. Politicians lying repeatedly, the strongman politics is back and in many parts of the world, governments violate people's rights where there is a gross disregard for human life.

But if we choose to see this grim picture, we might miss out the generosity of the human spirit, the celebration of diversity and solidarity and the possibility of reasoned public discourse displayed in the past few days.

The rescue of the 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped in the network of caves for two weeks in Thailand showed the world the generosity and grace of the human spirit. People around the world had their fingers crossed, as rescue divers tried to figure out how to save the boys. When found by the British divers, the boys were calm and polite; they did not panic.

Their rescue, which took the life of a retired Thai Navy Seal diver, exposed the real issue of some of the boys: that they're stateless. Today, the process for their citizenship is underway. It's a beautiful story of survival, courage and gratitude.

There was also a story of the celebration of diversity when the French football team won the World Cup in Russia. The players of that national team traced their roots from different parts of the world — from Africa, Europe and Asia. But they are French. At the time when the immigration issue was at the new heights, that football team showed the world the beauty of diversity that it does not only bring forth success to the team but also unite their country.

Then there was Barack Obama delivering his message of hope, getting coherent speech back into the podium of political discourse. He showed the grace and elegance of a carefully thought out speech/lecture on the occasion of the 100th year of South Africa's gift to the world, Nelson Mandela. Obama highlighted Madiba's undying hope for democracy to thrive in his homeland and liberate his people from the shackles of racism, injustice, violence and poverty and lack of opportunity.

To see the bright side of life requires us to imagine a world full of possibilities. And it takes courage to explore beyond the surface of what we see — that there is hope after all. We only need to remove the darkness that veiled our eyes so we can see the light on the horizon. In a world drowned by indifference and irrationality, a gasp of optimism is important.

Kelvene Requiroso

Posted on July 19, 2018 05:17

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