"My consistent experience in life is that as long as one commits to integrity and service, there are Divine Forces that help."
So says Gina Lopez, the newly-appointed DENR secretary, in her Rogue article "Gina Lopez on Her Ashram Years and Turning Her Back on a Privileged Life".
To note: this is not a question of Gina Lopez's achievements as an environmentalist. To give credit where it is due, Gina has been playing a pivotal role in Pasig River's rehabilitation. This criticism is not to dismiss her capacity to lead DENR.
That being said, her statement is emblematic of a misguided belief that the universe rewards and punishes accordingly--the so-called Just-World Fallacy.
Did you bang your head on your steering wheel to keep yourself sane while stuck in the parking lot that is EDSA? Did you have to elbow and claw your way in the MRT because you'd rather inflict violence on your fellowmen than get stuck on the road? Have you run out of expletives to utter, saints to call on, and demons to sell your soul to, thanks to your everyday commute?
Not really a problem! Be thankful because the horrible traffic in the metro is a sign of an improving economy, as what our President would like us to believe.
Come to think of it, a lot of situations we put up with and frown upon are not that bad. Consider:
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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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