PRIDE & PREJUDICE

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I am not referring to the book, neither to the movie. I refer directly to the two words mentioned here – Pride & Prejudice. May these two vices avoid my path this week so I can be a better person, a fairer person, a more intelligent person. If they pity me for a week, they may stay away forever.

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Respect

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I know this is easier said than done, but something we must all strive to attain. For Christians among us, the faith and its teachings demand this as a minimum as virtues are much harder to reach. For Filipinos professing to democratic, this is also a minimum demand, and becomes even more crucial to those who claim to know or be better than others.

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Beauty Unlimited

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From our friend and now native of Palawan, Diana J. Limjoco, scenes she photographs herself, scenes that make me wonder how creation blessed us so much but only a few claim ownership or control of everything.

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Democracy?

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QUOTING THE MASTERS Series

To one that advised him to set up a democracy in Sparta, “Pray,” said Lycurgus, “do you first set a democracy in your own house.”
~ Lycurgus (850 BC)

And so, almost 3,000 years ago, the concept of democracy was already being discussed. From concept to experimentation took millennia, and that is where humanity is today – just experimenting with democracy. How much of the world is not yet out of the age of authoritarianism? How much of the world called democratic do not want to stay there when internal turmoil cannot be settled? Truly democracy is so august a concept that it defies understanding by the crowd and the fearful.

Because democracy demands human virtues which too few are willing and determined to adhere to in their lives. Respect. Civility. Acceptance of the majority will. Primacy of the common good. Equality in worth and dignity.

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Criticism

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QUOTING THE MASTERS Series

The propensity for criticism when one knows not any better, or even may know less, is an established human weakness. Ancient masters had admonished this vice in so many ways and here is a sample of one.

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