Warm Stone(English translation of Mga Linta… Pati na sa Lipunan)
I remember when I was still a grade schooler, one of my classmates noticed what seems to be an elongated black dirt on my leg. I thought it was just dried mud so I tried to remove it with my hand. It didn’t budge. I was frightened when my classmate shouted, “It is a leech! A leech!” I felt my head had grown big because of shock and gave all my strength to remove it from its adhesion on the back of my leg. It left a mark, which faded after a couple of days. It was a wonder that I didn’t feel that the leech was already sucking my blood.
Like this creature, there are also leeches in our society. We doesn’t seem to notice because they conceal their dark motives and intent, adorned with seemingly nice gestures but greed in its true nature, hidden behind sweet smiles but are foxes’ smiles in its true form, covered in the guise of false or untrue concerns.
There are two types of leeches, according to a research. One type is one which sucks its victim without inflicting pain because of the saliva that prevents blood clotting. This is the medicinal leech and is helpful in the prevention of infection in a wound.
What does these leeches in the society contribute then? Just like that type of leech, leeches in the society are barely discernible. This is because they suck their victim surreptitiously. As much as possible, they should never be noticed, the act should be kept secret or be made known by the majority. Later on, their acts are revealed in its true form because it will surely become obvious. Just like the leech which was noticed by my classmate later on. Leeches in the society seem to be dependable probably because they get something from their victims. Of course, what purpose do they have if they can’t be of use to their victims?
Accordingly, leeches consume about three times their weight in one feeding. And they can subsist for months after this feeding. Their anterior ends have many eyes and three toothed plates used to suck blood.
It is funny to think that there is a difference between the creature leech and the leeches in the society. While the leeches of the ponds and lakes reserve their feed for a longer time, leeches in the society unceasingly suck everything out of their victims, no mercy and consideration to their victim’s feelings and to those who can also benefit from the abundance. Consequently having the juice, they suck and suck and suck. No exhaustion, so unfeeling. While their eyes always roam to devour.
You might think you don’t belong to this class of people… but ponder. Could it be that you are one of the leeches abhorred by your colleagues, your family, your relatives, your co-workers, your acquaintances, your friends or your masters? If not, it is a delight that you have a sane mind, considerable and responsible. It is good that you are much better than a leech, with the highest level of thought because you think and is not selfish.