Happy New Year
Published by the Visayan Daily Star
Editor-in-Chief & President
Bureau Chief, Dumaguete
MAJA P. DELY
|CARLOS ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA
Pigs or boars have an inherently bad reputation, often being referred to as dirty, gluttonous, lazy, or generally unpleasant animals.
As we welcome the Lunar New Year and the year of the Earth Pig according to the Chinese calendar, let us focus on the good traits of pigs that can serve as well in 2019.
Intelligent and determined, pigs devote their energy to foraging once their sensitive snouts pick up a scent. They are also fond of relaxation and comfort, which can be a positive trait in today’s world where everyone seems to be too busy to enjoy life’s simple pleasures.
Wild boars, on the other hand, are incredibly resourceful and can live in virtually any habitat as long as water is sufficient. They are also known to be social animals, existing peacefully and effectively in sounders most of their lives. The wild boar also has a fighting nature and, while gentle, can be ferocious fighters when its territory is threatened.
Let can choose to adopt the positive qualities of a pig or a boar, or a combination of both, as we usher in the year of the Earth Pig. Instead of focusing on the less-appealing characteristics of this year’s animal, we can opt to face the New Year with the intelligence and determination of the pig, coupled with the with resourcefulness and fighting nature of the boar as we face the challenges of 2019, a year that could prove to be critical for many Filipinos.
The boar’s ability to adapt, resist and tenaciously protect itself and its territory when threatened will be tested this year and we should be hopeful that we can harness those qualities to make the most of the next 12 months to improve our standing in life and help in the difficult task of nation building under difficult conditions and a challenging environment which have never been daunting for the boars that have demonstrated their ability to thrive in such conditions.
Kiong Hee Hua Tsai!*