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.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Original Sin - Dream On, White Boy

I'm in a back to the 80s mood again. There's this song I quite like, and it's about a touchy topic, namely interracial marriage. It's Original Sin by INXS.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Why "Self-Help" may have been founded to Condemn, not Help

The self-help industry often been attributed as a source of inspiration and useful principle for many people. But I have raised problems about it, that it is sometimes being used to condemn people to the point of harming them at times. That's what I theorized in my article about The Secret by Rhonda Byrne.

Napoleon Hill, writer of many 'self-help' books;
but was this part of an industrialist plot to quell worker dissent?

The Secret itself is a refurbishing of what is often called MagicalVoluntarism, the belief that as long as people will for something strongly enough, it will be magically be 100% certain success for them, whether they take action or not. In other words, they will get what they want and life will be easy as long as they want it hard enough ("focus your mind" or "work hard enough"). This actually panders to people with sense of entitlement and may actually have the effect of making people more mendicant, covetous and arrogant rather than responsible.