With the growing tension between China and the Philippines, I witnessed a human kindness beyond borders. We were boarding a small vessel on our way back to Bohol, yesterday. The tickets sold were more than the seating capacity. The MV Starcraft crew pointed fingers at each other and for an hour they could not figure out what to do. For a fact, the fault started from the ticketing office, uncoordinated selling as they released tickets in 2 areas (Pier 1 & 3). The boarding crew did not count the number of passengers getting in-I noticed a few of them teasing around feeling cute, it made me cringe. When things went crazy and blood pressure spiked up, they just walked down the aisle back and forth, obviously not knowing what to do.
There were 2 groups whose seats were already occupied. What caught my attention were the Koreans/Chinese fellas, I couldn’t tell. Many offered their opinions of the situation, some said to kick the Chinese off the boat and so they can just board the next ferry. Sometimes, I wonder how uneducated we can get. I told my hubby that we can just catch the next ferry but he is afraid that we’d miss my friend’s wedding. The wedding that we were all excited to attend. And with a little girl in tow, it would not be comfortable transferring boats. I felt useless sitting there.
The tourists stood on the aisle not sure if they understood the remarks the people around them have made. No one listened to them when they demanded for their seats who were taken by 2 big men who don’t belong there. After an hour and a couple of minutes, 2 men stood up and gave up their seats for the “Tourists”. They said, we should treat our visitors nicely Chinese or otherwise. I felt proud and happy that kindness is still alive and the world is not hopeless. I can still remember their faces. They were seated business class and they stood tall. They’re like the men you see in-charge of their businesses or working in the military, they looked imposing but they were the only ones who offered a solution.
With the growing tension between China and the Philippines, we shall witness our capacity for compassion and evil. Whatever wins will definitely change our lives.