Saturday, July 16, 2011

Beyond the Stolen Phone

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"Sayang ang phone mo!"

I agree! I feel bad about losing my phone. It was my best yet bought with hard-earned savings.

But for me, it's not just about losing a phone that bothers me. It's the fact that I was victimized. That it happened to me. That a stranger dug deep into my pockets without my noticing! It's about feeling violated. Traumatizing, really!

I'm fortunate that my contacts are still in the Internet. Photos have been backed-up there aren't any mushy messages to save anyway. Good thing phones are easily replaceable nowadays, though it'll take time to save up for a new one.

At the end of the day, I feel blessed that I wasn't harmed.

This experience makes me think of Juan's desperation. I take comfort in hoping that money earned from my phone goes to a good cause: providing a basic meal for a family that can't afford to eat three times a day, caring for a sick loved one or for the children's education. Hopefully.

It also raises a few questions:
  • How do we prevent this from happening again? Is it about being extra guarded?
  • Is poverty the root cause of crimes? Is it corruption in general?
  • Is it about education? Family planning? Good governance?
  • Is it about living simply so that others may simply live?

Some food for thought. 

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