30 January 2010
Last May 1, a non-working holiday (Labor Day), Bossing Ferdz and I had an exciting interview with Mayor Leo Z. Mendoza of San Andres in his office.
Interspersed with seriousness and laughter, the interview lasted for more or less three hours.
To have a complete background of the issues/problems, please read our banner story this week.
A lawyer by profession and successful entrepreneur, mayor Mendoza said what he wanted with the military (Army) stationed in San Andres is to “observe protocol and coordinate with his office”.
He cited several instances of military and CAFGU’s unbecoming actions reported to him.
For instance, Mendoza narrated, how would you explain the behavior of the Army “brandishing an armalite on the left hand and “matador” or whatever brand they had on the right?”
In fairness, they might be enjoying once in a while to get rid of boredom due to a lull in encounters.
How would you explain based on the mayor’s account of a CAFGU intervening on what are purely family matters. It was trespassing, pure and simple.
It was violation of human rights, emboldened as it was by the power of the barrel of a gun.
The issues and/or problems regarding his not-so-good encounter with the military had been settled, the mayor added.
What globalization really means is a constant exchange of gifts among nations, AA Patawan wrote in her “ A weekend Note” column.
For instance, Finland along with Korea, presents the world with a great way to stay in touch through mobile technology. Paris, Milan, New York, and London keep the rest of the world in step with the latest in fashion, the author wrote.
Unfortunately, the author added, “ most of these gifts that we so proudly share with each other, whether from Pantanal or from Guimaras, come from one and the same source: nature, whose miraculous ability to heal and replenish itself cannot quite keep up with the demands of a global community.
Reason? We give back too little as we take too much. And there goes the tragedy of the commons.
Now, here’s the grim scenario. At a forum held in Nov. last year in Washington D.C., national security experts predicted the end of globalization by 2040 on account of climate change.
In their report called “Age of Consequences” published by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, scarcity of resources could disrupt international relations.
Rising waters and drought could make refugees out of whole towns or cities, causing conflict, and nations or units smaller than nations would hold on to what little they could during such a crisis of global proportions, the report added.
Faced with this grim scenario what should we do? Make use of our God-given talent even as we entrust ourselves to God. Faith and prayer will strengthen us along the way.
In the book Pulling You Own Strings author Dr. Wayne W. Dyer had introduced the philosophy of non-victimization.
The book, according to him, is written for people who would like to be completely in charge of their own lives. It is for those who will not automatically do things according to other people’s plans.
“To live your life the way you choose, you have to be a bit rebellious. You to be willing to stand up for yourself. You need not be a revolutionary, just a human being who says to the world, and everyone in it: I am going to be my own person, and resist anyone who tries to stop me”, Dyer added.
The book is a must reading for people who wants to be a “captain of their soul and master of their fate”.
Pulling Your Own Strings is designed for people who have the nerve and true grit to say: Back off.