Making a Deal with the Devil: The Faustian Bargain

By Andrew Lim When ancient man figured out that living in groups, specially large ones was more advantageous, he quickly learned how to make a deal- get something by giving up another. The deal could be between two entities: a modus vivendi, or internally, with one’s conscience. In German legend, Faust was an intellectual who … Continue reading

The stream of history

By Josephivo In our turbulent times, it might be difficult to see in what direction history is taking us. What are the long term trends? What will last? How will the world or mankind look like a (few) generation(s) from now? History gave us some clues. History was not a steady stream of changes, driven … Continue reading

Halleluyah – a blaze of light

  By Chemrock As I write this article, my mind is still fresh with a news article on the killing of 7 innocent people in Bagong Silang, Caloocan City by masked gunmen on motorbikes. They were searching for a certain person whom the folks say was involved in drugs. On failing to find their target, … Continue reading

Enter the New Year, on hope, superstition and maybe a prayer

By Joe America Best wishes to all for the New Year. Resolutions are important, I think. I hope that you will strive for high values based on knowledge, and will have the discipline to align your acts with your values. If you do that, it will be hard for anyone to expect any more from you, … Continue reading

Another day in the Philippines

By Joe America The keyboard warrior pecked at his keyboard.  Perhaps you got the message. The cop picked up his gun. You hoped he was not coming for you. The Christian put away his Bible. He preferred Duterte to Jesus. The communist betrayed the poor. He was on a fast track to power. The poor … Continue reading