WHENEVER we encounter something, which does not squarely meet our expectations, we immediately infer that it is “malas” or bad luck.    For others, and they are numerous, “kamalasan” is absence of luck.  Filipinos subscribe to a belief where there is no luck; it is already some kind of “kamalasan” already.  Hence, failure to win in a game of chance is considered a misfortune.  The same can be ascribed in a contest or even in a competition.  In the recent electoral exercise, those who did not make it would direct the same expression.


But is there really bad luck or “kamalasan?”  Can it be avoided?  Can it be prevented?  Is fate a part of it?  Can preparation avoid its coming?  Can it be reduced to something understandable or worth understanding?  Can it be explained by reason?


I have a security personnel who was charged for negligence.  The prisoner under his custody escaped and this at a time when he was about to retire already.  “Malas” according to him.  He could have avoided it had he played the right cards.  Had he stayed and did not commit himself in an activity where risks are high, and he had the option actually not to get into such hazards, he could have prevented its occurrence.  In this situation, “kamalasan” can be managed according to one’s ability to determine at a distance what is unfortunate or fortunate for him.  The phrase “bear the consequence” has something to do with the unfolding of events.


What is near the term “kamalasan” is accident.  Accidents may be positive or negative, depending on the perspective.  Accidents are positive if its effect contributes to general welfare as in accidentally founding a treatment to a difficult to treat ailment.  It is negative if it promotes a painful end like a vehicular accident.  To be cautious therefore should be carried to the extent of paranoia if only to avoid accident but while it may safely protect the person from accident in its negative form, it also deprives the person of its positive outcome too.  As the saying goes, “no pain, no glory; no thorn, no crown.”


In every struggle, one must have to face the inevitable verdict and effect of one’s action.  There is a natural law on cause and effect.  Do this and it will yield some kind of a reaction.  Whatever it is that is produced may be seen as positive or negative.  Depending on where a person is, he may be projecting something positive or negative—for him or for those around him.  This is also defined under the principle of karmic justice.


There is therefore the term good or bad karma but this is more comprehended when viewed in a timeline.  A good karma of course has something to do with a good name, a wholesome reputation.  What has been sent is sure to come back a hundred fold so to speak.  A good name therefore repays those behind with a favorable situation whatever it is.  On the other hand, a bad karma is Biblically described as “the sins of the father always visit the son.”


I personally do not see “kamalasan” in the just concluded election.  For those who won or failed to win, there is nothing to measure yet.  It is after the election where the people will finally ascertain whether their votes brought them “kamalasan” or not.


About vjtesoro

A perpetual student of Corrections

Posted on May 16, 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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