Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as ALS, is a disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. A-myo-trophic is from the Greek language that means “no muscle nourishment” — “A” means no or negative, “myo” means muscle, and “trophic” means nourishment. “Lateral” refers to the areas in the spinal cord where portions of the nerve cells that signal and control the muscles are located. As the lateral degenerates, it leads to scarring or hardening (or sclerosis) in the affected part.
Quick facts here: ALS Fast Facts
As for the Ice Bucket Challenge, it was an idea that came from some studies in which hypothesize that the feeling of ice-cold water over the body is said to be similar to the numbing effect of ALS.
With the help of the powerful media, its a no brainer that Filipinos would also step up and perform the said challenge. But, does it make any sense to us? To my fellow countrymen who did it, are you fully aware of the cause? Most importantly, did you manage to donate or simply nominated? Manila Mayor Erap Estrada openly said in an interview that if we really want to help someone, let us not create a show out of it. Big point there! (Erap Interview: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/376429/news/nation/erap-on-ice-bucket-challenge-palabas-lang-yan)
Yeah, there’s nothing wrong about doing it. We have our dear friend democracy to back us up. But still, I think that it doesn’t really concern us to a further extent. We tend to over react at most occasions by trying to sensationalize our so called intention to help, either spread awareness, donate an amount or just demand attention.
Our country faces several issues much worse and a lot closer to reality that demands way more attention and awareness. How about creating a challenge to spread awareness on how to end poverty? How about the issue of better education? How about the problem with unemployment, health care, over population, calamity control, the rotten government?… You name it…
HOW ABOUT WE CHALLENGE OURSELVES TO BECOME BETTER FILIPINOS?
Its free, no ice, buckets, assistants or even a video camera needed. Also, we are all automatically nominated. Ain’t it a challenge worth accepting? I firmly believe that the fruit of hardwork to do that kind of a challenge would bear great results and even develop our culture to all aspects possible.
Again, we perform well when it comes to the blaming game. But how about giving a chance to redeem ourselves for the sake of the younger generation?
We always say that our spirit is unbreakable. But why does it hesitate when we talk about trying to better ourselves and our country?
I, for one, will never lose hope as a Filipino. Its hard, but it is part of the process. Short cut was never a choice.
This video contributed mostly to my decision to write this. The Lourd has spoken. 🙂