Ist Gott tot? (Is God dead?)

By Chemrock The madman ran through the marketplace shouting “Gott ist tot. Wir haben ihm getötet. (God is dead. We have killed him.)” German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche wrote in Zarathustra in the 1880s on the rise of the Rational Man. The invisible, all-powerful Divinity is just a figment of man’s imagination. God is killed in … Continue reading

Why incompetence is the norm in the Philippines

  By JoeAm The Philippines does not lack money as much as it lacks skill in how to deploy the wealth that is generated. Incompetence is the norm at both public agencies and private businesses. Why is that? Not wanting to waste your time, for efficiency is important, I’ll get right to the point: Skill … Continue reading

Why Filipinos fight Filipinos instead of building a great nation

By JoeAm Have you noticed? Filipinos are always making other Filipinos the enemy. This struck me as I was reading DFA Secretary Locsin ripping on prior administrations for the mess in the West Philippine Sea . . . as if China had nothing to do with the mess. A few days later, House Budget Committee … Continue reading

We are “Plac’d on this isthmus of a middle state” . . .

By JoeAm One of my sources, those spread across the globe like a spider’s web, each node a listening post, today entrusted me with the wisdom of Alexander Pope, which I shall reproduce in a moment. Do you read poetry? Not many do, I think. Anyone who reads poetry has undoubtedly tried, and maybe succeeded, … Continue reading

Philippine national character: obedient or responsible?

JoeAm My son is old enough now to do some healthy introspection, so we have been having a dialogue about how one becomes a healthy, happy, ‘successful’ human being. We’ve started by defining three planks of healthy development: Character Competence Knowledge Our exercise this morning erupted in a riot of laughter. He and I share … Continue reading