Friday, February 26, 2010

February 26, 2010 HEAVEN and HELL

My husband received this email which he in turn forwarded to me. 

FW: Heaven and Hell
Date: Monday, February 22, 2010, 9:09 PM

One day, while walking down the street, a corrupt Philippine Senator was tragically hit by a car and died.  His soul arrives in heaven and he met by St. Peter at the entrance.

"Welcome to heaven," says St. Peter. "Before you settle in, it seems there is a problem. We seldom see a high official around these parts, you see, so we're not sure what to do with you."

"No problem, just let me in," says the Senator.

"Well, I'd like to, but I have orders from the higher ups. What we'll do is have you spend one day in hell and one in heaven. Then you can choose where to spend eternity."

"Really?, I've made up my mind. I want to be in heaven," says the Senator.

"I'm sorry, but we have our rules."

And with that, St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell.

The doors open and he finds himself in the middle of a green golf course. In the distance is a clubhouse and standing in front of it are all his friends and other politicians who had worked with him. Everyone is very happy and in evening dress. They run to greet him, shake his hand, and reminisce about the good times they had while getting rich at the expense of the Filipino people.

They played a friendly game of golf and then dine on lobster, caviar and the finest champagne.

Also present is the devil, who really is a very friendly guy who is having a good time dancing and telling jokes.

They are all having such a good time that before the Senator realizes it, it is time to go. Everyone gives him a hearty farewell and waves while the elevator rises...

The elevator goes up, up, up and the door reopens in heaven where St. Peter is waiting for him, "Now it's time to visit heaven."

So, 24 hours passed with the Senator joining a group of contented souls moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp and singing. They have a good time and, before he realizes it, the 24 hours have gone by and St. Peter returns.

"Well, then, you've spent a day in hell and another in heaven. Now choose your eternity."

The Senator reflects for a minute, then he answers: "Well, I would never have said it before, I mean heaven has been delightful, but I think I would be better off in hell."

So St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell.

Now the doors of the elevator open and he's in the middle of a barren land covered with waste and garbage. He sees all his friends, dressed in rags, picking up the trash and putting it in black bags as more trash falls from above.

The devil comes over to him and puts his arm around his shoulders.

"I don't understand," stammers the Senator. "Yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and clubhouse, and we ate lobster and caviar, drank champagne, and danced and had a great time. Now there's just a wasteland full of garbage and my friends look miserable. What happened?"

The devil smiles at him and says,

"Yesterday, we were campaigning ... Today, you voted."

Hmm . . . absolutely something that  need to be pondered upon. 

The street posts, walls, practically everywhere in the metropolis are clogged with campaign materials. Public transportation, like buses, jeepneys, tricycles, and private vehicles are new  campaign avenues for displaying manicured or younger-looking faces of candidates. Television ads and radio jingles are aired on an hourly (maybe half-hour or every 15-minute) basis.   Even some homeowners have posted campaign materials of the candidates they are vying for on their gates  (if you happen to live in BF Homes Pque, you must have seen it.  Could be the house (or headquarters) of the candidate?). All these are probably effective in creating awareness.  Results of surveys are regularly aired on the news anyway. 

But to me, one thing is for sure... the campaign clutter makes it more confusing!

BEAUTIFUL words, accomplishments, plans, promises, commitments are heard, watched and read every single day.  But how true are these?  The reality is---we will only know the true intentions after the declaration.  When expectations turn to disappointment, then  expect the events of the past to repeat.

The truth, I still have NO CLUE on who to vote for in the coming elections (???) ... and I seem to care less this time. Let's see what happens and hopefully I be able to make a firm decision soon.   At this point, I think the only option for me is to rely on what I believe in.

Beauty can be seen and heard anywhere . . . even at first glance . . . even with a single sound . . .


If HE or SHE leads to inspire ... then, HE or SHE is the leader I am praying for . . .

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