NOW and THEN you live through history



Both photos from the Daily Inquirer


21 Responses to “NOW and THEN you live through history”
  1. arlene says:

    Yes we do but sometimes, we never learn from the lessons of the past. Good afternoon Joeam. Hello guys.

  2. karlgarcia says:

    You live, you learn.

  3. edgar lores says:

    1. The word entered my mind from nowhere – “thanatocracy.” And I wondered if there was such a term.

    2. Google provides two meanings:

    2.1. “Nominal governance by a dead person, through posthumous holding of an official position of authority, or by popular veneration and lasting influence of a personal ideology.”

    2.2. ”The enactment of mass and organized killing as an official policy of a state.”

    3. Both definitions apply to the country.

    3.1. The second definition fits the current administration of Duterte.

    3.2. The first definition splits the country into two: Ferdinand Marcos supporters vs. Ninoy Aquino supporters.

    3.3. The supporters of the first are for one-man rule. The supporters of the second for constitutional democracy.

    4. We thought that the death of Ninoy ended the need for one-man rule. Yet here we are, 35 years later, having reanimated the need with greater vigor, electing a darker persona than Marcos that has resulted in the untimely death of thousands.

    5. The dream of constitutional democracy has been reawakened but it is a dream that edges into the realm of nightmares. There are threats aplenty from within and from without.

    6. There is a core of woke people currently outnumbered by the rabid crowd who worship Thanatos, the Greek god of death. We, the people, must turn to Eros, the god of love.

    6.1. In Freudian psychology, Thanatos is self-destruction — the death drive — whereas Eros is the life force.

    6.2. From a thanatocracy, we must strive for a true republic that enhances the life force — the vitality and the joy of living.

  4. karlgarcia says:

    Thannatos sounds like Thanos.

  5. Salamat po, Ninoy!

    The Filipino is still worth fighting for.

    The Filipino may be empty-handed but not empty-headed.

  6. History in the making. Is the Trump Presidency in its death throes?

    “This is the week we know, with increasing certainty, that we are entering the last phase of the Trump Presidency. This doesn’t feel like a prophecy; it feels like a simple statement of the apparent truth.”

  7. karlgarcia says:

    This may interest Irineo.

    Habito describes how an anthropologist dissects our disunity.

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