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Democracy

Photo Credit: Fred Gildersleeve (1881-1958) Why is democracy the ideal form of government?: Because otherwise — to use the philosopher Montesquieu’s phrase from The Spirit of Laws — “the life and liberty of the subject would be exposed to arbitrary … Continue reading

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Free Thoughts

In the third chapter of Jose Rizal’s novel Noli Me Tangere, the protagonist Crisostomo Ibarra, who has just returned to the Philippines from Europe, is the guest of honor at a banquet and becomes subject to the curiosity of the … Continue reading

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Land of the Free

Is freedom something that one can know just by being born in America? And did the Founding Fathers of America just wake up one day and discover “freedom”? It would take almost a century to outlaw slavery in the United … Continue reading

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Guidelines

Photo Credit: неизвестен In Eastern Christianity and other icon-painting Christian traditions, the icon is generally a flat panel painting depicting a holy being or object such as Jesus, Mary, Saints, Angels, or the cross.  Icons may also be cast in … Continue reading

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MISEDUCATION

Just like most Filipinos, I had to read Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo in high school.  The two novels by Jose Rizal were originally written in Spanish, and of course translated to Filipino and English as well.  Unfortunately, having … Continue reading

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‘Cultivate our Garden’

Photo Credit: Private Collection of S. Whitehead ‘Men must surely have corrupted nature a little,’ he would say, ‘for they were not born wolves, and yet wolves they have become.  God gave them neither twenty-four pounders nor bayonets, and they … Continue reading

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