Open discussion: Who, really, is the Filipino, today?

By Joe America The first open discussion thread is getting long. We will leave that one for the lengthier comments that are collecting there to open this new one. I’ll again offer a suggested topic, but it is only a suggestion and is indeed a difficult subject, at least for me. I very much dislike … Continue reading

Open Discussion: All in the family

By Joe America This is an open discussion post. You need not restrain your comments to stay ‘on topic’. Discuss current events or the weather or price of pancit in Batangas, it’s all good. However, there is one topic that is about the most intriguing subject I’ve come across since sliced bread: the Duterte family. … Continue reading

To touch a dream

By Joe America It is easy to get caught up in the negativity of a government of the crass, by the crass, and for the crass. Mean-spirited men and women haunt the hallowed halls of government and our public space every day, offending our sense of decency and fairness. There is a way out. I … Continue reading

The Moral Landscape: Part 2 – The Three Sieves of Ethics

By Edgar Lores Introduction In Part 1, I presented my first thesis on the paradigm of “The Three Primary Virtues” or “The Loyalty Triangle.” I said the Three Primary Virtues are loyalty, honor, and duty. I said these virtues, in conjunction with the Hierarchy of Loyalties, underpin the structure of our lives. And I said … Continue reading

The Moral Landscape: Part 1 – The Three Primary Virtues

By Edgar Lores Introduction The moral landscape is a wasteland. Whether in the cities or in the country, there are no green trees of rectitude, no flowering plants of virtues, no unbroken fences of decency. Once there was a pale fence that demarcated the line between what is right and what is wrong. But that … Continue reading