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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Today, i cried

And I'm not ashamed.

Everybody knows that Miriam Defensor Santiago has cancer and is most likely dying. Everybody knows that she should quit. That's forgivable, that's acceptable. Everybody heard how she talked in the debates. How she slurred her speech, how she gave those uncomfortable pauses when asked.
Yes, I cried and I'm still crying right now. Hindi ko mapigilan. Pero hindi dahil naaawa ako sa kanya.
Yesterday, news came out that somebody offered her P300 million pesos to quit.

That's a God send

99.9999999% of the people I know, including me, would accept that. She could use it for her cancer treatment. She could use it to cross out her bucket list. Visit the places she's never been to before she goes back to her God. Nasa dulo na siya ng surveys. She has extremely little chances of winning.

And that's why I'm crying.

She still thinks she should not quit.
She still affirms that she would never quit.

Despite the effects of the "secret pill" and her seeming lack of coherence. She knows her true North, South, East and West. Perhaps it is stubborness.

She will not win, at this stage yes, I know.

I don't think she should win.

Yes, I know.

If she's in this race for anything, she's in it to teach us a lesson about life. And how we live it.

We all have our issues.

And there will be times na somebody would offer you a way out - let's call it the P300 Million Peso Solution. Everybody around you would tell you to quit. And most of the time, it would be okay to accept the P300 Million Peso Solution. And most of the time, it would be okay to quit - to live and fight another day.

But for Madame President Miriam Defensor Santiago, this is no longer about winning the Presidency.

Perhaps it is her best contribution and her best lesson, to the Filipino people as a whole.

It's about spirit.

It's about knowing which way is North, South, East and West despite the storms, tribulations, sickness, cancer, pain, sorrow, confusion, chaos, moral dilemma and that raving shouts of everyone who tell you otherwise.

Mabuhay ka Madame President.

It's too early to say this I know, but you will always be the truest President that we could never have.

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

The Truth About the 5 Million Housing Backlog in the Philippines - The Dark Side of the Coin


Is that informal settlers are settling in droves in government and public land with the tacit or (maybe blind conformance or inaction) of public officials.

They will even occupy private land if it is not well secured.

It's Makati, Pasay and Manila all over again.

But this time it is happening in places like Cavite, Batangas, Laguna and Bulacan. 

Metro Manila and the political will of our leaders has just moved some of them from the capital to the provinces.

Sunday, March 06, 2016

Illude

Having scoured the local websites for an idea of who to vote for, I've come across multiple polls or 'mini-elections' that seem to point to Duterte as the clear winner of the polls. The methodology was imprecise and unscientific, yet it does tell a story.

People are afraid.

Fear is among the greatest motivators of humankind. Create a boogeyman, a monster, a threat so abstract and paint pictures and you jolt people into believing that the painter is correct. And if the painter knew how to paint the fear, then he must know how to undo it. But what really instills the greatest fear among people is the uncertainty, that lingering Heidegerrian dread.

That fear of nothing.

Criminality is a multifaceted mirror.

It is the outcome of a series of complex failures thrown unto the precipice of yet more of those multiple failures. It is the failure to address the most basic of human motivations. It is a failure of a group of people to discern what is going on around them. It is a failure of empathy. It is a failure of economics. It is a failure of justice. It is a failure of the state. It is a failure of the community. It is our failure.

It exists because of the complexities of modern civilized life. Because modern civilized life has imparted rules on what is legal and what is not. What is right and what is wrong. What is permissible and what is not permissible.

Yes there are universals, those cannot be denied. Therein lies the complexity of the problem. We intermingled the absolutes with the complex webs that we ourselves wove into the very fabric of civilized existence.

Sometimes, it takes a painter to make us see that lingering fear that has existed all along. Once it has been shown to us. We choke on our own helplessness and our own inability to grasp control of the situation. With wild eyes flitting about left and right, we grab on to the nearest strong hand that we can touch. We then forget about the law and its spirit. Damn the law. They want vengeance and the illusion of stability. Damn justice, they want revenge.

To the point, that everybody would look away and feign ignorance when the reality of the macabre mistake has been made. By then, it would be too late.

Go ahead and bask in the illusion.

Illude.


Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Everything you believe to be new - has already happened before...

Image from Sydney.edu.au
Everything that you believe to be new - has happened before.

Some ideas masquerade to be new or revolutionary, when in fact, they are not "revolutionary" at all as many want to purport them to be. Rather, it was the norm back then.

History remembers the Etruscans.

There is a precedent that has been repeated time and again.

No, we Christians are not the stone age barbarians many purport us to be. See Romans 1:25 to 27. Then read up on what happened to the Etruscans.

Before the Roman Empire, there were the Etruscans...

Quote from the MysteriousEtruscans.com

"Sharing wives is an established Etruscan custom. Etruscan women take particular care of their bodies and exercise often, sometimes along with the men, and sometimes by themselves. It is not a disgrace for them to be seen naked. They do not share their couches with their husbands but with the other men who happen to be present, and they propose toasts to anyone they choose. They are expert drinkers and very attractive.

The Etruscans raise all the children that are born, without knowing who their fathers are. The children live the way their parents live, often attending drinking parties and having sexual relations with all the women. It is no disgrace for them to do anything in the open, or to be seen having it done to them, for they consider it a native custom. So far from thinking it disgraceful, they say when someone ask to see the master of the house, and he is making love, that he is doing so-and-so, calling the indecent action by its name.

When they are having sexual relations either with courtesans or within their family, they do as follows: after they have stopped drinking and are about to go to bed, while the lamps are still lit, servants bring in courtesans, or boys, or sometimes even their wives. And when they have enjoyed these they bring in boys, and make love to them. They sometimes make love and have intercourse while people are watching them, but most of the time they put screens woven of sticks around the beds, and throw cloths on top of them.

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"For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. 26For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, 27and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.…" Romans 1:25-27

*I find it ironic, that the future they want, has already transpired in the past.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Manny Pacquiao

A.W. Tozer said, "We allow what God hates because we want to be known to the world as good-natured agreeable Christians. Our stance indicates that the last thing anyone would want anyone to say about us is that we are narrow minded." 

This has caused many Christians to compromise and not voice a godly position on issues, but our silence speaks volumes.

Page 76, "Hell" Bill Wiese quoting A.W. Tozer. 


All are direct quotes from Chapter 11 "We Wouldn't Want to Offend Anyone" of Bill Wiese's book, "Hell"


"In today's society, there is an acceptance of just about everyone's beliefs to the point where many espouse to the opinion that there is no longer a right or wrong. "All things are relative," our society declares. This acceptance seems, on the surface, to be much more "understanding" and "open-minded". However, is this embracing of everyone's beliefs being open-minded, or is it helping to promote a moral decay in our culture? The lie of relativism has been packaged as consideration for others. Yet, it is not really consideration for others, but rather, toleration of others' moral depravity."

"Most do not want their sins exposed, so they accuse Christians and the Bible of being judgmental and narrow-minded. Christians are then perceived as being intolerant. There is then a fear that the moral convictions of others might be forced on them, thereby causing a disdain for Christians."


Page 71, "Hell" Bill Wiese