The power is again shut off, the power that fuels the blood of the city to circulate. Everyone's time stands still for a split second. It is as if the switch of living has been clicked off. We are existing in the new dark ages. Both literally and figuratively.
The Dark Ages was a period in history that begun after the fall of Rome. It was a period when turmoil in the West took place while there was a gradual formation of creative development in the East. Currently, we are on both direction, trying to solve both sides of the equation. Or are we? The power issue is almost unsolvable. Too much power causes people to destroy and at the same time create. Even the lack of power has the same impact.
We have lived a life that is dependent on power. It gives us the comfort. It makes our lives much easier. It takes us to places. But what happens when power is abused? People always pay an expensive price. Sometimes people get stuck in places where they don't want to be in.
Is power renewable? Apparently the Roman Empire and some political families in the Philippines think so. However, power doesn't just replenish itself, the source must be infinite and perpetual. The real problem here is we can't solve the power shortage because some people are overflowing with greed of power.
Some desperate situations don't call for desperate measures. We have been on that road before. When we open our minds to an alternative solution, it is then that we truly overcome a problem. If we can take the road where we don't have to jeopardize the safety of the people and the environment, then why don't we go that way? Which power are really trying to go for anyway?
Economic stability doesn't just include the business sectors, it also includes the people. We oftentimes fail to recognize that. Power is an investment, you trade something and get something back while considering your resources along the way.
If power is used properly, it can be the light that will pave way to a new Renaissance. As clichÃ© as it may sound, but we can really create a brighter future. A future where we don't have to whine about the millions that we lost just because of a blackout. A future where people don't get stuck in the airport because of blackouts. A future where we recreate and at the same time revolutionize the past.
(Allyn May Canja used to be a volunteer for Solar Generation Pilipinas, a youth organization that lobbies for the use of Renewable Energy. She equally hates power interruptions and coal-fired power plants. She loves history. A blackout has prevented her from finishing this article early.)
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