Many of our leaders are pointing fingers and blaming each other on who is accountable for the lives and properties lost as Ondoy ravaged many parts of our country.
However, I believe there are three main things we need to look into, for us to prevent this tragedy to happen again. But first, let me present some facts.
Fact #1: Our country is not a “typhoon-free” country. Studies show that our country is expected to have more than 20 typhoons per year.
Fact #2: Natural calamities are part of living on earth. As long as we live, we will experience these kinds of disasters, one way or another.
Fact #3: We always have a CHOICE… the choice to do what is right.
I believe as leaders, we may not be able to “fully” grasp the gravity of natural disasters (or any disaster for that matter), but, we can always EXPECT for these kinds of things to happen. From there, we can plan ahead to cover whatever possible circumstances there is to come. We may not be able to fully counter disasters, but we don’t aggrevate it as well by being unprepared.
As part of our choices, I submit to the leaders of our society three ideas that can somehow help better our society in facing the best and worst of times.
Point #1: EXPECTING THE WORST
I’m not promoting paranoia…
We must see the reality of life as it is. It’s not everyday that it’s asunny day. Neither it is everyday a rainy day. There are seasons in our lives. Even ants know this. And in every season we must expect the worst, in order for us to prepare.
Like the famous saying goes: Hope for the best… but expect the worst (or something like that).
This is not being paranoid or anything to that effect, this is what I call countering the punches even before they are blown.
A leader has to have a vision in how he/she should lead his/her people. A leader should not only cast their visions on what’s good for his/her people, but also should envision the “what-ifs” scenarios of reality. That way the leader, together with the people can prepare for the best and the worst.
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