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Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Why Conflict Exists in the World

In my earlier piece about tolerance, I explained that intolerance is because people do not want to bear things from other people that they don’t like, but are not harmful. Now I try to answer the question some have asked: why is it that hate and kill so easily, and thus, why is there so much conflict in the world?

Monday, August 03, 2015

About Throwing Pearls to Swine

My pastor and I had a discussion some time ago about this verse in Matt. 7:6 -

“Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.”

He expressed disagreement with the common interpretation that the verse means you should not waste time with people who are rejecting your Gospel of the kingdom. He says, no, you don't leave them alone, because they are the ones you exactly are reaching out to.  Thus, if you believe this commonly believed meaning, you may actually be doing it wrong.

Sunday, August 02, 2015

Why Anti-Bullying Programs should Exist

In the United States, what looks like a right-wing libertarian or such movement is actively campaigning against anti-bullying programs in schools. The belief of opponents of anti-bullying is that bullying is a dynamic that should not be interfered with and is a “rite of passage.” Thus, when bullying happens, leave them alone. The assumption is that if the victim learns to fight back, he’ll grow up and become successful, or he’ll become friends with the bully later. If you interfere, you are teaching the child to be a moocher.

Monday, June 22, 2015

About Tolerance and What It Is

One thing I notice about the idea of tolerance is that intolerant people, when they see something they don't like, they make an effort to remove it. That seems normal to some people; when you find a stinking fish, you'll want to throw it out. But wait; is everything that we don't like really harmful?

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Why the Filipino Fixation on "Love" Songs?

I've always thought Filipinos are so unnecessarily hung up on love songs. No matter where you go, whenever there's a karaoke, Filipinos seem to like avoiding the fast music, unless it's a current hit or just to break the string. Because the string is usually always love songs or slow songs. I don't know what gets Filipinos transfixed on love songs. I don't know if a myth is circulating that being fond of love songs means being a loving person. But that's baloney. I also believe many rapists in the jails are love song freaks, too, and sing the same things in the jail karaoke.