All systems go…

by Evans Yonson

(Note: This blog originally appeared in my Multiply account on 27 July 2008. In the coming days, I will be posting blogs written between 2004 and 2006 and posted in Multiply. The site will be offline soon thus the migration of several blog entries.)

cagayan de oro – the human body, according to science, is one classic example of a system. it is the sum total of the different parts that functions for the bigger part, that is the body again. if a part does not perform according to its established role then the whole system goes nuts. some parts have to be taken out as it may cause more harm than good to the body.

one interesting feature of the human body is the presence of the different systems and senses and the organs attached to its purpose. the nose for smell. the skeleton for body support. the eyes for sight. the tongue for taste. the skin for touch. imagine a body without the eyes, the whole system will go on living. what’s the body without the skeletal system? picture a person without some of these senses, think helen keller . all parts have their purpose for existence.

what is my purpose of being a part of bigger system? am i just a kidney that can be taken out anytime? or the appendix? or a worthless character of some B-movie?

one of my former students emailed me recently. ingrid is a beautiful woman that any man could fall for. she’s  in her late twenties and very artistic. she wrote a very long correspondence, complaining about the loyalty of her college friends. before replying to her grumbling email, i wrote some of her friends to validate her woes. i found out that through the years, ingrid has never gotten out of her own shell. today, she feels that her friends are worthless because they abandoned her. blaming them for her misery now. what ingrid has forgotten is that she too has a responsibility to herself as well as to her friends, that is to function what the whole system instituted for her, to be a friend.

when i came back last year, i realized that my family was still functioning even in my absence. i had to fill the void that i left behind in 2004. but that empty space did not create a stir in the whole familiar territory. on a more personal note, i found the fine-tuning period a bit tedious. but i tell you, my homecoming was and still is worth it.

three weeks ago, i was giving a lecture for several foreigners on facilitating skills. one very observant participant saw what i have never seen before in my almost four decades of existence. that day was very momentous. for in that instant i recognized my purpose. my meaning and my role in the bigger system. somebody led me into it. it has always been there but it was the first time that someone said it for the world to hear and appreciate.

i knew it then but i’m glad i heard it again. when i graduated, i knew what i wanted for the rest of my life, that is to travel and meet people of various shapes, sizes, colors, creed, beliefs. citizens of other systems and still parts of the biggest system – the human race.

i met people who are worth keeping within my own system. if they go, i let them fly for they will always come back to where they started, to that system called friendship.

for those who are insignificant are easily deleted from the hard drive system. unless i upgrade soon…