Charge

“I’ve always thought that a great lesson from that experience is to commit oneself to a life of service, life of sacrificial giving for the good of others, more than just yourself……

“For me, I have been faced in this life with similar situations a few times, so it was not a completely new thing. But each time I come face to face with any of those life threatening experiences, I’m renewed in some of my convictions about what it means to be a human being.

Something that struck me was the spirit of co-operation between all of us, total strangers who were in the experience together, whose lives were suddenly threatened on that train. We had never met, but all of us began to relate, and co-operate about what to do and what not to do in the face of tragedy, each one obeying the other. And I wished the human race could always behave like that.

It doesn’t have to take a threat to life to make us relate one, with the other. I have always believed in the philosophy rightly captured by the late Pope John Paul II who talked about the civilization of love, that perhaps we could build the civilization of love; if we examine our motives or recognize the motive of the human person, we will find we were necessarily created gregarious animals, created in communities or societies.

It was not by accident that man exists in communities, but the purpose of nature was for man to exist in communities is that man should be able to relate one with the other, to make their existence more eventful, more purposeful, more pleasant. And if we care enough for that kind of situation, it is possible to do it; to come together and work for the common good of all.”

– Pat Utomi (Lessons Learnt from The London Blast) THE GUARDIAN, Saturday, July 16, 2005