Human being is really a complex creature. Nobody knows what he thinks or what he will do next. Although you can (be like an idiot who) classify people as stupid or intelligent, dumb or wise, and etc.. still, you never know.
I have been here in Manila for more than two weeks now and have been moving around from Manila to QC to Cavite and all over Metro Manila. Moving around is a bit exciting and challenging. Yes, it is 1% exciting and 99% challenging. It challenges my nerves , my patience, temper and my logical brain–memorizing all those u-turn slots with big concrete blocks, the one ways and the street metal railings without lights, signs and blinking lights. Exciting? It is very much like driving in a slalom race. The prize depends on your luck. It might be your life, other peoples’ lives, destruction or being in the mercy of the kotong cops.
In my eyes, the streets of Metro Manila appeared to be big maze. It is chaotic and messy. With too little space, the open road seems to mimic the times of the conquering Spaniards in which you claim any part of the land. A photo finish race to take hold of the open space. Anyone who gets ahead by an inch or half a second, takes hold of the territory. I first, it is mine!
At your left, right, front, rear, and sides, and from wherever, cars, people and whatever, they just pop-out from nowhere. It is like a galactic travel, where one or more asteroids, a wayward comets or stars suddenly appeared heading your way without a warning. On blind corners, there are extra-terrestrial creatures from mars or wherever, suddenly crosses your path, willingly, offering their bodies for a big bang.
But frankly speaking, even if it is as I said it is, I find something interesting in it. How people manage to adapt and learn the skills of living and dealing with it everyday. And that is what I can call chaotic harmony or harmony in chaos.
Fortunately and unfortunately, your galactic vehicle can not go beyond the 40-60 kph speed.
And what do the extra-terrestials do in our streets? Stupid things! (Here I go again.he he)
- A mother with a two year old toddler crossing the street letting her baby practice her walking skills on a busy road defying the traffic signal.
- An old woman who can barely walk with her alalay, crossing the street while the traffic light is green for vehicles to move.
- A man enjoying a walk on a no pedestrians street under the fly-over.
- People suddenly crossing on the blind curve and unlighted portion of the street.
I just wondered if these people really think or have the brain to analyze the benefits and risks. That reaching their destinations using dangerous short-cuts is worth risking their lives and limbs. Maybe they are just too lazy, too preoccupied with all the political ads, TV shows etc., or simply stupid.
Which leads me to wonder again, are these the people who will elect the candidates for the coming May elections? Too lazy even for their own sake and well being.
So like traversing the hostile roads of metro manila, we the people have a challenging times to get to our destination. The one question is, shall we arrive alive or dead?