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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Father and Son

Hindi ako naniniwalang naisasalin ang karangalan.  Iginagalang ko ang ama dahil sa karangalang tinamo ng anak at hindi ang anak dahil sa karangalang tinamo ng ama.  Hayaang magdusa o magantimpalaan ang bawat isa batay sa kanyang ginawa at hindi dahil sa ginawa ng iba.
- Pilosopo Tasyo, Noli Me Tangere, Jose Rizal

The following is my translation...
I do not believe that honor is (passed/handed down/transferred).  I respect the father for the honor gained by his son but not the son for the honor gained by his father.  Let each one suffer or be rewarded for what he has done and not for what others did.

Do you agree with this?  I do.  Because what the father achieves is his own, but what the son achieves, in some way, reflects what the father did, in the way he raised his son.

Happy Father's Day to all fathers.  And Happy 150th Birthday, Dr. Jose Rizal.


[Note: The Filipino translation is from my high school textbook -- Ang Noli Me Tangere ni Jose Rizal: Isang Interpretasyon, by Batnag, Flores, & Romero.]

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Separation of Church and State, part 1

[Note: I am from the Philippines so I mention Filipinos here specifically.  But even if you are from another country, please feel free to read on and comment.  Thank you!  =) ]

This is a phrase commonly mentioned especially in times like these when there are controversial bills, such as the Reproductive Health (RH) bill and Divorce bill, being pushed into law.  I admit that it is a phrase I took for granted.  I just accepted it and did not think much about it before.  But recently, as I was (half-)listening to discussions on the AM radio, it's meaning dawned on me...

It can be argued that it is difficult to have this 'separation' because religion or one's beliefs is an integral part of each individual's life.  This is true, I agree. But the thing is this:

While we are all Filipinos, and therefore all under the laws of our country, we do not all belong to one religion.  Therefore, beliefs of one religion should not be imposed on all others.

Laws are more encompassing in the sense that they are meant to apply to all citizens.  On the other hand,  beliefs vary among religious groups, so each set of beliefs apply to specific groups.

The task of lawmakers is to make laws in such a way that they take into consideration the rights of all citizens, within bounds.  Expectedly, this will result in bills which may partly be unacceptable to some.  And I think this is where the task of religious leaders come in, not to vehemently oppose the passage of such laws, but to double their efforts in their duty to educate those who belong to their respective religious groups.

There are laws that only allow certain things and not require them.  For instance, a law that allows the use of contraception does not mean everyone will be compelled to use them.  It then falls into the hands of the religious leaders to educate their people whether they, as members of their religious group, should or should not use contraception.  For these types of laws, the specifics need not be followed by those who think they are unacceptable, but the laws are still there for the benefit of those in other groups who think they are acceptable.

While answering comments, this post gave birth to a part 2.  =P
It can be found here: Separation of Church and State, part 2

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Points of View

"Where there is much desire to learn, there of necessity will be much arguing, much writing, many opinions; for opinions in good men is but knowledge in the making."
- John Milton

This blog will, of course, mostly contain my opinions.  And I expect your opinions may be different from mine.  My purpose is only to share mine, and maybe encourage you to share yours.  We may differ, but we can respect each others' opinion.  And others may learn from the points I make and the points you make, and form their own.