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So, according to Ayn Rand, the thinkers are important, crucial, the lynchpin. Precisely! They are not the rest of us. We need the rest of us. Where would the lynchpin be without the wheel? And where would the wheel be without the spokes?Rizal writes to us as he writes to his nephew who he is told knows exactly what he wants to be (a doctor, like his uncle who he knows is admired by everyone) when he grows up: ‘We cannot all be doctors.’ Neither can we all be thinkers. There must be doers also. And who is to say who is more important, whether the thinker or the doer? Judge yourselves soberly, writes the apostle Paul:Just as each of our bodies has several parts and each part has a separate function, so all of us, in union with Christ, form one body, and as parts of it we belong to each other. Our gifts differ according to the grace given us. Romans 12 Jerusalem BibleRizal was both a thinker and a doer. And therein lies the heroic difference. The important history is both the past and th…

Birth of Hope.

Chile’s Bachelet, My GMA & Access:
One-Word Theory of Development08 March, International Women’s Day. YOU COUNT HOW MANY THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES HAVE LADY PRESIDENTS. I count how many First World countries have. There appears much hope in the election of the first woman President of Chile, good-looking Michelle Bachelet. There appears much despair in the administration of the second woman President of the Philippines, small-but-terrible Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. The two are related.Chile and the Philippines are both very conservative societies, very Roman Catholic. They both suffered under dictatorships that drew much blood, Chile for 17 years under Augusto Pinochet and the Philippines for 19 years under Ferdinand Marcos. Pinochet was a brilliant General who mounted a coup against a constitutionally elected Salvador Allende; Marcos was a brilliant lawyer who mounted a constitutional coup against himself. They both succeeded in their ascent to power – that is, the people gave them the …

dependent Google

dependent Google. I was googling within Google Groups for my comment on somebody's comment about my American Chronicle articles being ranked by Google as #300 and #900 and therefore who gets to read them? My reply was like this: 'If you read things because Google ranks them first, then you are totally dependent on Google. I am not.' I couldn't find my own comment, but I found this from Patrick Reany replying to a previous comment: 'All explanations are theory-dependent!' That philosophical assertion reminds me of the avowed objective of every journalist who is supposed to be an idealist: be objective, be impartial. Channel 7 Manila (GMA) prides itself in saying, 'Walang kinikilingan, walang pinoprotektahan.' Not leaning to anyone, not protecting anyone. All news are theory-dependent! In other words, you can't tell a news story without assuming anything - and that is your bias. No one can ever be objective no matter how one tries.
Education, education, education. And his whole idea of it he expressed beautifully in his 2 February 1890 letter to Blumentritt from Brussels, telling this little story about a Jesuit’s reaction to the Noli (Rizal-Blumentritt Correspondence 1992: 328):‘Are you not afraid of the consequences of your audacity?’ asked Father Sanchez – he treats me familiarly. ‘Father,’ I replied, ‘you are a missionary. If you go on your mission, are you not afraid of the consequences of its fulfillment?’ ‘Oh, that is entirely different!’ he replied. ‘Not at all,’ I replied, ‘your mission is to baptize the heathens, mine is to make men worthy.’ ‘To make men worthy.’ Through education. The Ateneo’s teaching, his words. This became his mission in life.
Another excerpt from indios bravos! Jose Rizal as Messiah of the Redemption
The Filipinos a damaged culture? Actually, we are 100 damaged cultures. 12 of them major: 1 Cebuano, 2 Tagalog, 3 Ilocano, 4 Hiligaynon, 5 Waray-Waray, 6 Northern Bicol, 7 Kapampangan, 8 Pangasinan, 9 Southern Bicol, 10 Kinaray-a. What keeps us divided? The root cause is the 50-year old martial law of 1 language imposed over all the other 99 languages. Tagalog as the sole basis of the national language was dictated on us in 1937; 50 years later, this historical error was corrected in the 1987 Constitution. But too late. The irreparable damage has been done; we are now a damaged culture called Filipino. You impose a language and you impose a culture, including ways of thinking. I look at this as the basic cause of the fractured Filipino culture.

You can read more on this if you click the link American Chronicle below to read my article on the fractious Filipino culture. If you want a copy of James Fallows' article in the Atlantic Monthly, type your request on the comment box and I&…
Do those 100 Philippine Marines of the 24 February incident at Fort Bonifacio have bragging rights about their love of country? Just asking.

The Asian Flu.

The Virus of Militarism &
The Filipinos, a Separate Peace100 million Filipinos in 100 tribes: DIVIDED WE STAND, UNITED WE FALL.My composition and grammar, 2006 AD. Aesop composes and grammars it differently as the moral in his fable of the 4 oxen and the 1 lion (my punctuation, precisely) – ‘United, we stand; divided, we fall.’Today, 24 February, we watch a live & bold TV demo of Philippine Marines trying to raise the hackle of their Commander in Chief, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, ostensibly to express support for Maj Gen Renato Miranda, whom GMA has just replaced as Chief of the Marines. I feel sick in the stomach. I realize the awful would-be truth of the second part of Aesop’s axiom – and that is why it seems right to call the Philippines Asia’s Modern Banana Republic:One chop and it will have dropped to the ground. One coup and it will have gone to the dogs.Those 100 Marines are playing parts in a drama meant to scare and ensnare, not entertain. They are in full war gear, with…