Part 1 BBD (Nov. 29, 2016) Pope Francis recently concluded the celebration of the extraordinary Jubilee of mercy (www.iubilaeummisericordiae.va) last Nov. 20, 2016 at the celebration of Christ the King. At the same time, he symbolically closed the Holy Door at St. Peter’s Basilica and … Continue reading MISERICORDIS OCULOS
BBD 11-21-16 In his book entitled The Post-Truth Era: Dishonesty and Deception in Contemporary Life, Ralph Keyes describes the characteristics of this post-truth era. Before this post-truth era, we had only truth and lies. Today’s era, we have post-truth. He describes it as statements that … Continue reading THE IMPORTANCE OF GADFLIES (Part II)
BBD 11-19-2016 Every year, the Oxford Dictionaries team reviews candidates for word of the year and then debates their merits, choosing one that captures the ethos, mood, or preoccupations of that particular year. (https://www.oxforddictionaries.com/press/news/2016/11/15/WOTY-16) Do you know that a “face with tears of joy” … Continue reading POST-TRUTH ETHOS: When truth has become irrelevant
BBD 11-18-16 God is never early but He is never late as well. Imagine when your regular menstrual period is delayed (It is delightful if you have planned for it but shocking if otherwise). Think about a business meeting where the other party is thirty … Continue reading DELIGHT IN DELAY
One of my classmates asked me about the concept of terrorism in biblical and religious context in connection with what is happening in Europe. She was referring to the extremist ISIS and the attack in Paris (and other localities). “VIOLENCE” IN QUR’AN On the central … Continue reading On the Relationship Between Violence and Religion (with a note on the Harmonization of Faith and Reason)
One of the strongest elements recently discovered was grapheme. Graphene is the world’s first 2D material. Since 2004 it has captured the attention of many scientists and stakeholders. Graphene is a thin layer of pure carbon. It is a single, tightly packed layer of carbon atoms that are bonded together in a hexagonal honeycomb lattice.
Some of its properties are the following. It is ultra-light yet immensely tough. It is 200 times stronger than steel, but it is incredibly flexible. It is the thinnest material possible as well as being transparent. It is a superb conductor and can act as a perfect barrier – not even helium can pass through it.
At The University of Manchester, graphene research is focused on the following applications: Energy; Membranes; Composites and Coatings; Biomedical; Sensors; Electronics. For example, graphene membranes could see huge progress in water purification technology in developing countries and provide more efficient desalination plants. Furthermore, electronics and energy storage could also be revolutionized by graphene. Flexible, durable, semi-transparent mobile phones. Wearable technology, clothing that communicates. Electric sports cars. Lightweight planes. (www.graphene.manchester.ac.uk)
Similarly, the strongest human element I think is found in a woman. Her genetic makeup is so potent. Her biblical physiological composition provides albeit metaphorically that she is formidable than man. The latter is made up of clay or humus (where the term human originates), while a woman is made up of a man’s flesh and bone.
When a woman declares that she is frail is a humbling admission. Yes, we are enjoined to look at those kinds of admissions with a look of mercy and human compassion. And also we salute with felicitation an honest admission from a superior creation. But at the same time, such admission must also be afforded with equal price, with commensurate reparation, be it legal or otherwise.
Lately, a high ranking official of the Philippine congress and former justice secretary admitted her romantic relationship with her married driver. It is not wrong to fall in love with a driver. A popular motto found in PUJ’s (public utility vehicles) that swarm the polis says, “basta driver sweet lover”. In children’s fantasy stories and even real love stories, we find countless love stories of this kind. A princess falling in love with a beast. A rich man to a poor country girl. A king falling in love to his maid servant. “Kailanman di mali ang umibig” (It is never wrong to love) is an adage that is not absolute. It admits of many exceptions. In fact, in every rule there is an exception, except this rule.
Legally, she is prohibited from having romantic relationship with a married man. And this admission may spark investigations at the ethics committee and cause her position in the senate. Her legal profession may be at risk with numerous case precedents of this kind.
For sure, as a strong creature that women are, she will bravely, as she admitted bravely her frailties as a woman, all the consequences that ensued from her admission. After all we have all our own frailties. As men, we have our own frailties as well. And for the opposite gender, we have what we call the frailties of a woman.
Majority of the people, including the IPs and minorities, must participate in the discussion in any move to rewrite the constitution. But how can the people participate meaningfully if the majority of Filipinos (70+% according to surveys) do not have any idea of their charter … Continue reading PAKIKILAHOK SA TUNAY PAGBABAGO BBD