The world is a place full of landscapes – people, places and events – that indeed affects one’s feeling and disposition. Hidden in each people we meet, places we’ve been and events we witness are feelings. Feelings of discontent, anger, resentment, loneliness, fear, sorrow, grief, hatred; joy, optimism, hope and love prevail in our world.
Danton Remoto’s “Landscapes of Feelings” dwelled on this basic yet complex faculty of human experience – feelings. This simple narration of sights and sounds during one’s vacation presented a sort-of an abstract painting which has been left for me to interpret. The selection was so human and so Filipino that while reading I can’t help but feel with the speaker in the story. I felt the emotions tied with every experience presented in the selection. But contrary on what the characters felt towards the end of the piece – wherein the antagonist, the narrator’s grandfather, died – I felt happy and optimistic. I felt such for it was the thing that I felt when my great-grandfather died and in my mind I shouldn’t be sad when deep inside I know that he is we Our Father in heaven.
Each feeling has a different meaning or effect in our lives. Feelings either strengthen or weaken a person. Feelings may lead to one’s failure or success. Nonetheless, in every way, feelings affect one’s life and, basically, feelings are the basis of our lives that hopefully would lead us into values. These values together with strong feeling towards upholding it would generally be the gauge of one’s success or failure in life. Indeed feelings rule the lives of people – rule the world.