Two days had gone by and my outrage subsided over the bus hostage situation that happened on Monday. I was outraged – from the Philippine National Police’s incompetence to the media’s unethical coverage towards the situation. I was outraged by the aftermaths: from the reactions of Hong Kong nationals towards Filipinos, as well as my country man’s fascination on blame.
But nothing is wrong with outrage. It’s natural. We are humans after all. We make mistakes. We apologize. We learn from it. But we should not forget.
We should not forget that we may have contributed to the gloom of our country. Have you written a gloomy Facebook status or tweet recently? The internet creates a virus. A virus that may take a longer time to heal.
The PNP should not forget that they should never take any situation for granted. We all expect the closest happy endings just like in the movies. But reality does not only bite, it can devour anyone ruthlessly.
The media should not forget that giving information has boundaries. When human lives are at risk, it’s not about the “scoop”. It’s not about the ratings. Think, twice, thrice, ten times – will you contribute information or to mayhem? You have to be smarter than that too.
More importantly, we should not forget to assess ourselves – from outrage to humility… from which, what or who.