‘Infanticipation’ and tolerance

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By Gingging Avellanosa-Valle

Bahin sang Bubay

Friday, February 14, 2014

INTOLERANCE is easily manifested with a strike of the hand to cause pain, to give in to passion, anger, perhaps, contempt. Law enforcers are supposed to know about this especially those tasked to be the champion of the people, as in the banner "to serve and to protect," that is, to serve the citizens and protect their interests.

Sad to say, however, such motherhood statements often end up as nothing but empty words that doesn't mean a thing to anyone anymore. Or has it mean anything at all before?

Hence, intolerance as exemplified by the truncheon beating police in uniform at Camp Panacan yesterday not only tell about the kind of discipline that they have, but also how police officers consider or have knowledge of the "right to expression" as enshrined in our Constitution.


Certainly, there is a clear message there that shows there is definitely no rallying point between law enforcers and protesters.

The police was supposedly sent to control or avert untoward incidents to occur, but ironically, they were the ones who lost their control. They have yielded to provocations and just let it go, unable to balance between what is duty to serve and what it means to "follow orders." Thus, there was a breakdown of command, between what is essentially right, and what must be done according to orders.

This only goes to show that the male-dominated police force needs to learn tolerance, patience and perseverance from the women who are tasked to bear humanity for nine months.

When a person hits a certain level in his/her gut that is the so-called breaking point, it is almost like being inside an eye of the storm. There's a certain quite that is uneasy and strange, a kind of stillness that is akin to the face of death, ashen, inert and lifeless.

It is unlike the quite anticipation of giving birth, where an indescribable feeling mixes with anticipation of a fruition or fulfillment, where even pain is no longer felt, instead, there is a kind of happiness that is on the verge of bursting.

And that threshold is reached by the expectant mother a few seconds before birthing, a curious contentment washes over her, something that she cannot put herself at the same time break away from, a kind of surrender from being alive on the throes of death, to holding on to life as the promise of wonder awaits...

Through all these, the woman's tolerance and perseverance never waivers, as there is no question about the reason for the sacrifice. And so she waits not idly by but actively so in consonance with the whole universe, as her body fights for control over the seemingly heavy sensation that rocks her body.

Thus, only a woman can understand all these feelings, as men will never be given the opportunity to bear humanity like a woman in her womb. She has been gifted with that capacity to carry a human being for nine months gestation so that humanity continues to proliferate and roam the earth. The big Book tells us so.

And it would be practical lessons for the men in uniform to learn from the women, their mothers or their wives. Why not?

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on February 15, 2014.


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