Archive for November, 2016

Protection Provided By The Law

November 20, 2016 Leave a comment

Laws are meant to protect the minority from the tyranny of the majority.  That’s an idea I took away from reading a bit about James Madison and the context of The Bill of Rights which he drafted for the U.S Constitution.  At the end of the day, laws should protect everyone without discrimination.

Extra-judicial killings are the order of the day.  Unfortunately it’s safe to say that this is the new normal: It happens every day and for the most part people seem to accept it as part of one’s current reality.  Yes, these criminals violated the human rights of their victims.  But that doesn’t necessarily mean they have any less human rights as a result.  And because these executions happened without due process, there’s officially no definitive proof of guilt; it’s entirely possible that those killed were innocent of the crimes accused.  There has certainly been a lot of collateral damage in the course of these killings; innocent people did die, some getting killed simply because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time and with unfortunately the wrong company – their right to life was definitely deprived.

People persecute the Catholic Church, accusing it of hypocrisy and meddling in the affairs of the State.  First of all, the Church was never meant for righteous people.  It was originally composed of people who were hypocrites, and to this day it still is.  The Church was meant for hypocrites like you and me who are in need of healing through God’s love and mercy.  Second of all, it’s not meddling in the affairs of the State when it exercises its duty to speak the truth and call out evil; the Church is supposed to do this, and not doing so is a betrayal of her mandate from God.  It would be counted as “meddling” if it imposed its will on everybody whether people wanted it or not; such isn’t happening.  For example, the most she can do is tell people not to kill, but it’s still up to us and the State if we want to follow her call or not.  Now, the law guarantees freedom of religion, but it doesn’t guarantee exemption from criticism; this seems fair enough given that it’s only right that we don’t believe in anything blindly, and so it’s good to question what we believe in so that we understand it better.  But to shutdown people or institutions who express their faith is persecution of belief that should not be tolerated.  Such expression is part of the freedom of religion that the law should protect.

With respect to the freedom of expression, these days it feels like it is more important and even necessary to be politically correct and nice compared to being genuine and harsh.  Honestly, sometimes I just want to lash out and speak my mind about what I see and hear, but instead I resort to screaming quietly.  Let’s be pragmatic for a moment: Self-censorship is not an act of cowardice if it’s used as a form of survival from the attacks of the mob.  In particular, cyber-bullying is the new weapon of this age that makes such attacks possible.  People who attack others who are different, instead of engaging in proper dialogue, violate the other party’s right to be heard.  People don’t listen to understand anymore; they listen so they know what to retort, which is characteristic of minds that are closed, arrogant, and bigoted.  The law should be there so that everyone is heard, no matter how dissenting other people’s opinions might be.

The law is meant to serve everyone’s interests equally and fairly.  Institutions or minorities suppressed or bullied into silence or submission is a failure of the law to serve their interests, and is in fact a failure to even protect them.  I think it’s up to us to collectively “grow up” as a people and help each other rather than tear each other down.  If the law isn’t enough to help us then we only have ourselves to help each other out.  It’s all in our best interest to see to it that we all thrive and prosper.

I may not be a lawyer, but just like everyone else, I’m entitled to my opinion on how I think the law should serve us, and it should serve us well.

Categories: Ideas and Philosophy

Reckoning the Silent Majority – Engage in Debate

November 13, 2016 3 comments

Last November 8, 2016, Donald Trump was elected as the 45th President of the United States.  This happened much to the consternation of the majority of Americans who were expecting a win from Hillary Clinton.  Although the latter won the popular vote, Trump won more than the minimum 270 electoral votes needed to secure the White House.  Many people expressed disbelief, shock, and horror, to put it mildly.

The following is a YouTube video I came across from a British television personality that provided an interesting perspective on Trump’s win. Although meant in the context of Trump’s victory, there are key ideas applicable in a broader sense that’s worth noting.

The so-called “Silent Majority” is that group of people who typically just keep their opinions to themselves for fear of the persecution of the more vocal minority, the ones who are noisy with their opinion and / or are in positions of power, because the latter will oppose them.  This group of people agrees with the opinions expressed by someone who is willing to be vocal with what they have in their hearts and minds, when such opinions tend to attract the opposition of those who don’t agree with such views.  They support such person because he or she represents them and is willing to explicitly and courageously fight for their interests.

From my own observations of the world, I tend to agree with the opinion that the liberals have won the cultural war.  They managed to silence any opposition to their positions – or so it seems to them anyway.  However the Silent Majority can never really be silenced no matter how much such seems to be the case.  At the end of the day, you cannot control how people choose to live their lives in terms of what they think, say, or act, if only in private; people will remain true to who they are and their beliefs.

The Silent Majority is a force to reckon with.  Never underestimate the strength of their power.  Their silence doesn’t translate to submission.  They are the “quiet enemy” that, once the opportunity presents itself, will strike without warning and with maximum impunity.  By their very nature, what they have demonstrated in this instance is a perfect example of the genuine and raw power possessed by the “unseen,” “unheard,” and “unknown” people.

You will not be able to appropriately reach out and engage people if you don’t allow them to freely express themselves.  You have a serious problem if people feel the need to censor themselves or tell you only what you want to hear because they fear your reaction.  And if people actually do that then it also shows you’re NOT the kind of person they can trust.

The way forward is to reach out to the Silent Majority – and really, everyone – and engage each other in constructive dialogue.  Give them the opportunity to talk and to express themselves.  Do not shame them into submission or silence.  In speaking their mind, you give yourself an opportunity to know them better and so leave no room for surprises.  And in the course of doing so, it’s hoped that you listen – not to reply, but to give yourself an opportunity to empathize and understand them better.  And for all you know, you might discover that you’re wrong and they’re right.

Categories: Ideas and Philosophy

Acting in a Liberal World

November 5, 2016 1 comment

Just my observation, but it seems in this day and age, the world has lost its sense of sin.

My basis for saying this is primarily influenced by what I see from sexual impurity that’s no longer considered as evil.  Sexually liberal attitudes are so prevalent in this world to the point that it’s accepted as normal; we’ve become desensitized to its malice.  People no longer fear Hell or worry about Purgatory.  A lot of people only see a life in this world without any regard that there’s actually another life waiting in the next.  And following that idea, it also implies people no longer plan, look forward to, and make any investment in living a life that will lead to Heaven, and I think that’s just sad.

Real life lovers Nadine Lustre and James Reid having sex in screen reel life in the show “Till I Met You.” They stripped naked inside a car and had sexual intercourse. This was broadcast during prime time, and stirred a lot of controversy when it did.

Real life lovers Nadine Lustre and James Reid having sex in screen reel life in the show “Till I Met You.” They stripped naked inside a car and had sexual intercourse. This was broadcast during prime time, and stirred a lot of controversy when it did.

For what it’s worth, at least they’re honest with themselves and in particular in what they believe (or not believe).  And they’re acting in a way that’s consistent with that belief, rather than pretending to be otherwise and ending up as hypocrites.  Unfortunately it might become too late for them to turn back in the end when their way of life already defined and set their direction for the rest of their eternity.

Let all act as they like; you are to act, as I want you to.  To mind one’s own business is key in spiritual warfare.  The devil is a busybody attempting to drag everyone down.  Please God and let the opinions of others go by the wayside. – 25 Secrets of spiritual struggle that Jesus revealed to St. Faustina

People are free to make their own decisions and live their lives the way they want to.  It’s none of our business to try and force them to believe and act otherwise.  Eventually we will all reap what we sow, good or bad.

As far as people who are practicing their faith are concerned, we should continue to do what God wants us to do.  This is the proper response on how we should act in this liberal world; it’s the most counter-cultural act that we can express and do.

Categories: Ideas and Philosophy