Welcome to the Philippines; a country rich in politicking thieves who get re-elected over and over, people who imbibe backwater remedies sold without clinical trials, fearful religious who jump from one congregation that don’t give evidence for its claims to another equally ridiculous congregation with the same modus with a different branding. Some have implied gullibility is in the Filipino gene. While we are truly constrained by our biology, it is the detrimental memes, the bad ideas that spread linguistically and culturally that contribute to gullibility. I’d like to extend Chino F’s seminal piece “Filipino Family Values: A Source of Dysfunction“, which covered the bad of the bad of Filipino families since it overlooked one thing: The Filipino brand of parenting impairs a child’s thinking ability.
The foundation of our society starts at home and boy, what an authoritarian home it is. Parents force their children to conform to ideas they subscribe to, since parents are the children of authoritarian homes, too. In many ways, Filipino parents are fond of “believe it, do it because I told you so” rather than explaining the reason behind the instruction. Parents insist on conformity so much they respond with hostility when children ask questions. Continue reading →
You and I don’t have any conflicts. Some people I know are not very fond of the people you know at the moment, but you and I don’t have any issues. I have some concerns about what you’re doing, but you can be assured when I write or speak of you, it’s not an attempt to drag you down. It’s just a friendly act of sprinkling drops of water on your face or if you want a more pleasant picture, this is me giving you a cup of coffee.
In what seems to be an effort to gain some moral ground while arrogating over women’s uterus, the CBCP requested McDonald’s to pull out their ad of two children wooing each other. Mcdonald’s complied.Father Melvin Castro, Executive secretary of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Family and Life, remarked the ad is “shallow” and “cheapens human relationships.” One must ask how the Mcdo ad’s “superficiality” deserves a pull out when the daily dose of Willie’s soft-porn harem has gone uncommented for years and made half-naked gyrating women an afternoon norm.
Life is a game of tradeoffs: You invest to get a return and you walk away from other choices in order to pursue one. Reproduction follows this game. Some thoughts on contraception, abortion, reproduction and “sanctity of life.”
It’s ridiculous to promote Natural Family Planning/Abstinence and call modern contraception abortion in the same breath – both are methods of contraception / birth control (prevention of pregnancy) and manifestations of humanity’s reproductive freedom.