While replying, her question reminded me of some of the exchanges in the comment box of my 'Wowowee' Tragedy post. Mec made a comment that said:
sorry, pero the news angered me lang talaga... hindi ako makaramdam ng awa... [Sorry, but the news angered me, and I can't feel any pity for them]
i think lang, it's time to let the Filipinos who let themselves be caught in such situations be held responsible... i mean, until when are we going to point fingers when it's us where the change should happen?
She has a more elaborate discourse in her weblog on this.
I think that while she has a point in saying that people should be responsible for their actions, the immediate cause of the stampede must also be addressed.
The people who camped outside ULTRA were there almost 3 days before the event. By Saturday, the day of the tragic event, most of them were hungry, thirsty, tired, and sleepless. Superb mixtures for a volatile stampede. Only a trigger was needed.
You don't argue with a hungry person. While he apologized for his vivid descriptions of what happened before the tragic stampede, I sincerely believe he shouldn't have done so. He's the only one I think, who truly understood what happened.
Hungry people are prone to hypoglycemia. And what are some the signs of hypolglycemia?
- cold sweats
So little is needed to start a stampede with hungry people. You don't even have to be creative. Hungry people seek only one thing: food. Read on the physiology of hunger and eating to be enlightened.
While you're at it, you can also check out the 12 Myths About Hunger and the World Hunger Map.