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

A very simple idea to take care of one another better

By JoeAm Filipinos are very self-contained. Haha, that’s my polite way of putting it. More direct would be to say most Filipinos are “totally self absorbed”. There is not a lot of other-awareness here. Not a lot of courtesy, kindness, or giving. There is a whole lot of taking. Ach. What’s going on here? It … Continue reading

Samira Gutoc—Rock Star

by Wilfredo G. Villanueva You have to see her to believe. It’s the energy, the quick laughter, the one-liners, folksy. Philippines, we have a rock star, and her name is Samira Gutoc, Sam for short. She’s exactly what the country needs, new blood instead of the same dynastic politics. She’s not a typical Muslim, she … Continue reading

Developing new disciplines to deal with modern ways

By JoeAm Our way of living is very different than the way people lived just 20 years ago. Regular contributor Edgar Lores recently provided a nice snapshot of what is going on: Increasing complexity. E.g. not only computers but also newfangled gadgets and ideas. The speed of change. E.g. Moore’s Law. The increased dimensions of … Continue reading