It could mean as simple as moving.
Keep moving.. Keep moving on…
Gossip kills souls and spirits
Creativity and all possibilities
For trust and unity
It stops reform and revolution
Right where they start
Gossip doesn’t like excellence
It kills empathy and compassion
We all have something to bear, you know
We all have some kind of paralysis
One day I was walking behind this man, and then I understood what Prinzel’s favorite quote meant:
“Without suffering, there is no compassion.”
To gossip is to deny our very suffering and blindness of the world.
To gossip is to deny our paralysis, blind spots, and to pretend we’re perfect.
There was a boy who met a girl…
… so that’s how Den wanted me to start telling this story, if indeed this is already a story.
We met on the 16th of May after a peacebuilding mission on a mountain (to gloss things up a bit), while looking at this view, posted immediately on Facebook with the following caption:
A stranger… That stranger came to Manila 15 days after having dinner and 4 bottles of beer with me. A stranger who claimed to have fallen in love. Who in her right mind would buy that?
He had a plan, and a number of backup plans. He said he was sure, I believed despite my doubts, but my doubts were apparently right (men!).
Four bottles of beer and he wanted to marry me. We met again a few days later, him in his mask of certainty. At the back of his mind, “10 days might just be too much.”
Then 10 days stretched into what seemed like forever. Both anticipating the worst, the best was yet to come.
Yes we started off quite foolishly, but maybe gratitude brews foolishness into grace. Maybe he was sure after all. While I thank the mask of certainty.
I don’t want to be overjoyed, but I want to recognize WordPress’ efforts in continuously improving (though I’m a bit late on this).
Whether or not WP read my suggestion, I still want to thank them for continuously creating an awesome blogging experience. Now we can even reply through that little notification button!
Other bloggers may also find inspiration to send in their suggestions, because opinions for improvement are always called for. In whatever situation, I hope everyone sees value in participation, dialogue, and accept it as a responsibility, more than a privilege.
Happy blogging to all!
Truth definitely becomes more complicated when we probe into them. You probably have heard about the Kony 2012 video, produced by Invisible Children.
I personally wanted to support the campaign by sharing the video and signing the pledge. I just didn’t get to finish watching so I procrastinated, which may be a good thing as criticisms like this emerge:
There are a lot more intriguing videos, but I think the guy sets the basics. Better if you’d watch Rosebell’s video too.
And now founder Jason Russell is on the news. What’s going on here? Is he just another passionate soul who got burned with the pursuance of his vision, and who deserves a little more understanding? Or is he on a conspiracy?
What’s your take on the whole thing?
#1) If you care enough to throw shit at people, please care enough to do something.
I can’t believe I had to add somebody on Facebook just to be able to comment on this photo.
I’m not a big fan of our president. So I’m cool about people criticizing him. But something about this comment sparked my fuse.
And everything else to that effect. All stupid criticisms.
Okay, maybe I’m not seeing some things. That those people are actually working towards something awesome, or at least living a decent happy life (which, I think is all that people really ought to do). Maybe I just can’t take a joke.
But this attitude is exactly what pulls us down: betrayal — making Philippines a laughing stock in front of outsiders just so we’re not one of those stupid Filipinos; and throwing criticisms and not working on a solution. I’m not saying that people should all work in NGO’s or the government, or setting up social enterprises. All I’m saying is, if you care enough to throw shit at people, please care enough to do something.
#2) Mind sharing what you work for?
My experience with government agencies has mostly been contrary to the general public’s impression. People have been helpful, at the very least.
So it’s disheartening to have this photo circulating without at least attesting to the contrary. Yes, this photo holds true especially in old, huge bureaus (that’s according to my friend who worked in one of the biggest agencies). Just like in any company, right? My friends in the private sector could confirm that as well.
But for some people I personally know (many of whom are batchmates in high school), it would do no justice to just shut up.
These people are very well aware of the problems plaguing the country — having different focuses but with the same dream for a healthier country. These are people who are in government not because it’s the only vacancy, but because it is a choice.
How about our critics? Mind sharing what you work for?