Everyone recognizes Manny Pacquiao from his boxing days when he was a beast inside the ring. Defeating opponents one after the other, until he finally tasted defeat at the hands of Floyd Mayweather. After that he retired from boxing, and entered the field of politics, to quickly become the senator of his state.
He is known for his benevolence, and is generally a humanitarian, never indulging in controversies, or being involved in one. He has helped many people get on their feet over the years, and has never once, said no to any charitable work in his area.
But this is a recent story, that made him more popular.
Visiting his area, he found himself tasting the ice cream from an old vendor, who looked as if he had fallen on bad days. Unable to control himself from empathizing with the poor plight of the vendor, he gave him P30,000, when he heard that the vendor had kids back at home, who were unable to go to school, for he had suffered a stroke some months back, and paying the bills had taken a toll on their family budget.
What is important from this news, is the mere fact that Pacquiao never publicized this incident. Someone else took the video and put it on the net. This shows us how humble the senator is. Also, considering he came from a poor family himself, he well understood what the other man was going through. While most of us would just be able to sympathize with the person and express our sadness, he could empathize it, for the similar upbringing, and realized what the man needed was money, not sentiments. This differentiates him from other people, who would rather not pay a single penny, but give long statements, about how the sight of poverty makes them sad, but wouldn’t do anything about it.
This is inspirational for a whole lot of people, who believe money and fame can turn someone’s head in different ways, and not keep them grounded.
This is for all of them, who think money can lift someone above the societal differences, but the reality is, no matter how rich or poor you may be, true humanity comes from how you behave, how you live, and how you interact with others. You could earn a million dollars, and yet, you wouldn’t be honored, until you did something that would benefit humanity, show yourself as someone, on whom people can put their faith, be an inspiration to people, all around you.
What everyone needs to realize, is that you don’t need to be extremely educated, or rich, to be human. Humanity isn’t affected by external influences, but rather comes from the person you truly are, which nothing can affect. For if something affects the way you are, it means, all this while, it had been a façade that you had put forward, and the real person is someone entirely different. This is something that took place here.
Manny is neither extremely educated, and his money is a result of his struggle and not inheritance, and yet, it is his heart that is clean, it is his soul that is pure, which makes him a good person. It doesn’t take much to be one, though. All it needs is a realization that one can simply not behave badly with others all around him, and give them the respect they deserve. It doesn’t take much, it doesn’t belittle someone, it simply makes everyone around you realize, that you are a person who I benevolent, good, and honorable.