The “City of Golden Friendship” – found in the Northern part of the largest island in the Philippines. Plunged with abundant resources, few sky rocketing buildings, and a booming economy – Cagayan de Oro is surely a place full of potential. Beyond the face of “Dr. Jekyll” the city showboats to everyone, we seemingly overlooked a fact. Simultaneous to the rise of this city, is the addendum of the number of “street childrens” who are of which addicted to solvents.
On similar grounds – considering we are inhabiting a country predominantly Christians. Children at schools are pre filled with values of “generousity” or we often instilled by our parents/guardians the quote – “it is better to give than to recieve”. Yes! we pity them, we sympathize at their situation, thus we tend to give. Cooking and preparing food has never been convenient, hence it is our propensity to offer goods in a form of money to those children. As a reasonable sequitur from that act, is an unending cycle of the problem. The lad stays on the street addicted to solvents, begs for money, you gave some “peso” , and then they buy again. What’s peculiar about these kids is that they seems to leveled up! Before they ask for money to fund their addiction, now they have the guts to ask for “Big Mac”, “shake shake fries” – these are specific demands. Unquestionably these are the reasons why they never left the streets. Too dependent to other people, and relieved that somebody everyday is going to give them something, whether it is money or food.
Is it Just and reasonable to spoon feed these children found in our city’s streets? On religious note – is it wrong not to give or be generous for a good reason. Ivan Pavlov an influential behaviorist, developed the theory of “Classical Conditioning” which says “behavior can be changed through conditioning with external or environmental conditions or stimuli“. In connection to our society – if we stop to allot monetary goods which is their stimulus to stay on the streets, then their behaviors will change. Number one, they may tend to move to other location. Second, dependence is avoided thus instills independence and the will to find something for a living is upheld. The stimuli has been removed, and i strongly believe this will benefit everyone.
In conclusion, sometimes it is good to play the “Mr. Hyde“. Just like how we are scolded or spank by our parents in the past whenever we tend be egocentric or if we did something bad. It is seldom fit and reasonable to do these actions to procure something good and of benefit not only only for the society but also to these target individuals.
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