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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The Fallen

People take various routes to survive through life. Some may by fate be led through soft, carpeted paths while many others get pushed through rocky, hilly, pock-marked roads. But no matter what the trek offers, what's important is everyone fights a good fight.






But how should we regard those who were waylaid by the roadside? Those who chose to surrender and float, those who see no more reason nor inspiration to find out what's in store at the end?



These men, they say, used to be accomplished, successful people. But in the thick of the fight for rightful space in the urban jungle that is Japan, many of them lost fame, riches and pride all too suddenly. Government is all too willing to place them under welfare, but they refuse. To most of them, life has taken an unexpected, unbearably painful halt and the end of the road is now right there - in the cold train station floor where they are parked.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

familiar scene at Ueno Park..

r-yo said...

yup. these were at Ueno.

I am Xprosaic said...

At least the Japanese government is willing to help... eh dito kaya?! hmmm.... no comment na lang... jijijijijiji...

Abaniko said...

I heard Japan has one of the highest suicide rates in the world. Sad.

SHadow said...

most of our pains our self chosen...some choose the dirty stinking street of Ermita, others the fresh air of golden rice fields in the rural areas; some choose the muddy waters of manila bay , others the sparkling water of the sea...50 meters from your house... some patiently waiting for the insensitive lower ranks who occupied the front line of government agencies for medical help and others just dont know they can get help from their government, who happily re route the aids to their friends... and yet there are others who maintained their self respect and you know where that gets them...life is what we make it, if you cant be happy, dont be sad... paint your own rainbow, and shine your own sun...

Everlito (ever) Villacruz said...

kahit saan may kulang talaga..dito maipapakita na dapat tulungan ang sarili...

BlogusVox said...

Japanese are proud people even in defeat. They would rather suffer the consequencies than reach out to a helping hand.

A trait I admire and eventually made them a great nation.

Ely said...

Huh? May ganyan din pala sa Japan?

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

Homelessness is also common in the streets of NY. What I find strange is that these people prefer to live "outside" than stay in many available shelters for them.