A Great Deluge

A Great Deluge

A global flood as described in this myth is inconsistent with the physical findings of geology, paleontology, and the global distribution of species. (Photo The Flood of Noah and Companions (c. 1911) by Leon Comerre, Musée d’Arts de Nante)

I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth

— Genesis 9:15-16

CALOOCAN CITY, Metro Manila — While some may believe that what happened in Biblical times may not happen again in our own day, we believe that another Great Deluge may occur—not because we are sinning against God, but this time due to our prideful disregard of the laws of Nature.

The United Nations has warned that the world is in ‘great peril’, and Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told leaders, now meeting in person for the first time in three years, must tackle conflicts and climate catastrophes, increasing poverty and inequality, and address divisions among major powers that have gotten worse since Russia invaded Ukraine.

In most of his pronouncements and commentaries leading up to the global leaders’ conference last Tuesday, September 20, Guterres noted the ‘immensity ‘of the task of saving our planet, which, the UN head described, is literally “on fire,” even as dealing with a persistent Covid-19 pandemic remains a concern.

Guterres also cited “a lack of access to finance for developing countries to recover—a crisis not seen in a generation” that has seen ground lost for education, health, and women’s rights.

The UN’s 77th General Assembly meeting of world leaders convened under the shadow of Europe’s first major war since World War 2—a conflict between Russia and Ukraine, which has triggered a global food crisis and opened fissures among major powers in a way not seen since the Cold War.

Leaders in many countries are trying to prevent a wider war and restore peace in Europe. Diplomats, though, aren’t expecting any breakthroughs as opposing sides are adamant about their position of righteousness. But the fact remains that the conflict has caused huge losses in grain and fertilizer exports from Ukraine and Russia, which has caused a worldwide food crisis that has affected all countries, especially those who are still developing like the Philippines, and inflation and a rising cost of living have also been felt.

And the many pressing perils being experienced across the globe have made it “tempting to put . . . long-term development priorities to one side,” according to Guterres.

However, he quickly added that some things simply can’t wait, and among them are issues regarding education, dignified jobs, full equality for women and girls, comprehensive health care, and action to tackle the climate crisis.

And he called for public and private finance and investment, and above all for peace.

It appears our very own chief executive, President Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. has taken heed to the call.

Debuting in his attendance at the so-called General Debate, our beloved president has expressed his own version of world relations, thus promoting a ‘friendly’ foreign policy that for us, we believe, would be a template for a possible solution to the global unrest.

And the world needs to quickly follow this path towards peace and order—lest a Great Deluge happens again!


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