Recently, comedian Joey de Leon got a lot of flak because of his insensitive remarks about depression.
"Yung depression, gawa-gawa lang yan," he flippantly said, and asked people to not support anyone who claims to suffer from it.
He has apologized since. A lot of rebuttals have also been made online. The incident became a necessary springboard to give this issue wider attention.
With all the noise (albeit welcome), I felt that adding more to the buzz would be futile. But the more I thought about it, the more I felt that I needed to talk about my experience. I needed to own up to what I felt, and make people who feel the same way know they’re not alone.
After four years, my good friend friend Adele and I finally met again, like the old days.
She was attending Muni's zero-waste lifestyle meetup this afternoon in Makati, and since my Saturday morning was free anyway, we thought we should meet over coffee. (The coffee part was actually a surprise for her since, unlike her, I was never a big fan of coffee. Frankly, I still am not the expert on it, but I've realized that mornings are much easier to survive with a cup or two.)
You might have heard about (or a permutation of) the popular trolley problem in your Philosophy class.
It goes like this:
A speeding train which lost its brakes is about to hit five people ahead. They won't be able to get out of the way in time. There is, however, one option to rescue all of them: you, the driver, can pull the lever, and redirect the train to another track.
The only problem is that, there's a child playing at the other track, oblivious to the possibility that a train might hit her. Choose to save the five, you kill the girl; choose to save the girl, you kill the five adults.
Who should you save? What is the most ethical thing to do?
HELLO, MY NAME IS EVAN TAN.
I'm a writer and communications professional based in Manila, Philippines. Outside of my regular job, I like to travel, work out, volunteer, watch movies and plays, go to art galleries/ fairs and museums, read books, and eat vegetarian food.
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