Nationalists are not good for the nation

By JoeAm Kindly allow me to jump from idea to idea in search of understanding. Words have many definitions, so it is important to know which one is in play. ‘Nationalist’ in its popular usage today has come to mean a right wing racist fascist extremist, as in white power over any and all other … Continue reading

Music in our souls

By JoeAm Music is to people what howling is to wolves, I’d guess, an expression of that which is difficult to convey without rhythm. We go through musical passages as we get older and have new experiences. Some head off to rock and roll, others to classical, others to blues or hip hop or just … Continue reading


By JoeAm With a huge contribution by Edgar Lores Sometimes the complex can be simplified, rather like seeing a machine as nothing more than a lot of metal pieces bolted together. Just take them apart to see how it works. Societies are very complex machines and we’ve been working for years here taking the Philippines … Continue reading

Idealism versus pragmatics

By JoeAm I’ve long held the view that there is some idealized form of a more perfect Philippines. A lot of the articles and much of the discussion here has oriented around understanding “the way it is”, and then proposing the actions that are needed to get to a richer, healthier, more secure, and more … Continue reading

Emotionalism versus reason and discipline

By JoeAm One of the things that fascinates me is the emotionalism of humankind, versus our great strength that allows us to dominate other animals, our ability to undertake complex reasoning. I think the development of humankind during the last 100 years was toward more powerful reasoning and the application of enhanced powers for enrichment … Continue reading