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Of Hope and Nay-sayers by Jenny Tuazon
February 23, 2009, 10:05 am
Filed under: End the nuclear age | Tags: , , , , , ,

Hundreds form "No to BNPP" solidarity messageYesterday, I joined the hundreds who created the “NO TO BNPP” human banner as a solidarity message against the revival of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant. Witnessing around 800 people join the activity made my hopes so high. After the event, I settled on to optimizing the pages that would contain the inspiring story and photos. First, I visited some forum sites to check new replies to the thread I posted week ago as an invitation to people who might want to come and join the activity. In the first hour of going through the forums, I was disheartened by some who replied things like, “greenies go home, up a tree preferably, then fall,” “it would be nice if I don’t experience brownout in April,” and, “who gives a rats butt what greenpeace thinks.” It would not be smart of me, I suppose, to jeopardize my principles by replying to them harshly so I opt to post a link to the photos taken from the activity with a message of gratitude to the people who came.

I didn’t reply because I was sickened by those bright people. Who in his right mind, with even the slightest shred of decency, would think that this kind of messages, on forum sites for all to see, is actually making up a discourse? Maybe you can tell, and I’m upset about it.

Getting apathetic or resigning comments is really upsetting. It makes me wonder. How can they not see the problem? How can they just let Rep. Mark Cojuangco say everything is going to be fine with reviving BNPP? That’s rather like a cook saying to the lobster, “relax, the stove and pot will be just fine.better active

Truly, I despair at such resignation.  The fact that I have recently been attacked by bad comments containing the worst type of messaging as a prelude to a cyber discourse, that many witnessed the willingness of people in high positions to push a sordid bill that should never be tolerated, doesn’t help.

It is going to be a lot of pain for all of us if the bill makes it. BNPP will definitely push the start button of our countdown to extinction. Right now, we should allow intellect to overrule anger because it knows that what we do does make a difference. There is no excuse for not doing something to prevent its being worse. So, to the we-can-do-nothing-about-it advocates and the nay-sayers, I have something to say. I refuse to resign. And I know a lot who refuses, too, because there will always be something within us, something immutable about the human spirit, that refuses to give up. If you don’t want to help stop the BNPP’s revival then get the hell out of the way of those of us who do.

– Jenny Tuazon

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