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That thought-provoking quote from Arrival leads me to link it with the drug war, which the current Philippine administration is waging in our nation. Yes, it’s an all-out, dirty war. There’s a death toll, of course, not to mention the accompanying fear, distress, and suffering. In all these, young people have been among those severely affected — in the price being paid.

In a meeting we attended (that of our confreres ministering in our various parishes) last September 12, it was actually included in the agenda. Several of our priests reported what they have been doing (and will still be doing) in their respective communities, to address the ongoing drug menace. Laudable efforts, certainly. But I can’t help but think. If the drug war is indeed one, then let’s be realistic enough. Indeed, we should not expect any winners. What about widows (and let me add, orphans)? Oh yes. There are already a lot of them, in fact — by thousands, it must be by now.

Over and above the bloody and ruthless “shock-and-awe,” “take-no-prisoners” tactics being used in this war, let us remember in the first place that we are all caught up in this war, whether we like it or not. In our stunned but prayerful silence, we can only hope for a “non-zero sum game” (to use again a phrase from Arrival), or a “positive sum game.”

I’ll leave it to you, dear reader, to find out what that other phrase is all about. And please do pray that this “war” will come to a peaceful resolution, with our taking the necessary action as well. If only for the sake of our Filipino youth, most especially.

MartYM or Fr. Martin Macasaet, SDB, SThD is a professor of Youth Ministry. He received his Doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Salesian Pontifical University in Rome.

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