it brings a different kind of sadness whenever i see historical and cultural sites burned down or (worse) blown up. other people just don’t care because they’re just a bunch of old buildings.
yun kasi iniisip ng karamihan eh. you have to get rid of the old to make way for the new. walang sense of history. diba nga ayon sa kasabihan, “ang hindi marunong lumingon sa pinang-galingan…” may stiff neck. 😛
lahat ng tao, gusto ng progress. pero should it be progress for the sake of progress? wala na bang value ang culture? history? lahat ba ng progreso dapat may monetary equivalent or remuneration para masabing mahalaga ito?
that’s why we destroy old trees: we see them either as obstructions to projects (e.g. road widening, parking lot, building, etc.) or means of earning money (e.g. pang-troso, poste). they aren’t seen as a testament to the beauty an intelligence of nature — of God.
gaya lang ng mga building sa Maynila ngayon, dahil luma na, kailangang palitan ng bago. dahil luma == baduy. shiny and new == cool.