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If you are planning to retire in the Philippines soon, I suggest you visit several excellent websites on pro's and cons of retiring in the Philippines. However if you want to retire in the provinces, where life is simple, standard of living cheaper, less traffic congestion and pollution, availability of fresh seafood and vegetables compared to the big cities, my island province is the place for you! If this is your first time in my site, welcome. Please do not forget to read the latest national and international news in the right side bar of this blog. Some of the photos and videos on this site, I do not own. However, I have no intention on the infringement of your copyrights. The photo above is the front yard of Chateau Du Mer-Our Retirement Home in Boac, Marinduque, Philippines

Monday, August 22, 2011

The Pen is Mightier Than the Sword

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The other day, My wife and I attended a Filipino-American Party in Clayton, California. It was almost a 2-hour drive from our residence because of the traffic, but luckily my urinary urge to stop after an hour drive was under control so we did not have to do our regular pit stop in Vacaville or Fairfield. Most of the guests were Filipino-Americans from Marinduque. I asked about five guests if they knew the latest news from the island. Their response to my query was, why do you ask, you should know. The latest news are what we read from your notes in FB and in your blogs. I was delighted to hear that, I know I have a few readers who never comments, but are regular readers and happy of my postings.

Speaking of FB notes, I found the following note related to the numerous discussions in FB on the Power Crises in Marinduque. The subject on the problems of Marinduque (political innuendos, graft and corruption, mismanagement of Marelco, who is to blame for the power crises, inadequate water suply and SWOT analysis, etc...) have been discussed for the last three weeks in FB. Here's one interesting post along with my comment.

"Of all the powerful weapons of destruction that man has invented, the most terrible – and the most cowardly – is the word.

Knives and firearms leave traces of blood.
Bombs shake whole buildings and streets.
Poisons can always be detected.
But a destructive word can provoke Evil without leaving behind it a single clue.

Children are subject to years of conditioning by their parents, artists are mercilessly pilloried, women are systematically undermined by remarks made by their husbands, the faithful are kept apart from religion by those who judge themselves capable of interpreting the voice of God. Check to see if you yourself are using this weapon. Check to see if someone is using this weapon on you. And put a stop to both. P. Coelho".

Here is my response:

As the English adage goes, the Pen is mightier than the Sword (coined by the English author Edward Lytton in 1839). The Spaniards were threatened by Jose Rizal writings not his ability to fight as a soldier or a general. Rizal novels and writings put him to the death squad.

On the other hand, what will the world be, if the truth is hidden by our silence and not using our most powerful weapon-freedom of speech to fight corruption, injustice and intolerance in this evil world?

What do you think, my dear readers? Any thoughts? Have a Good Day!


Anonymous said...

Pardon my critique, each writer has his own literary style, and not all of us can be a Hemingway, but we can aspire to be one. Why do you have to indicate your medical issue or urinary urges in your post? It is a private thing and does not add sense to the flow of your article.

You may use more descriptions, adjectives, or narrate to your readers what you wre experiencing with your five senses.
You could discuss about the excitement to meet friends during a warm, sunny and windless summer Saturday morning as you were driving smoothly through slow moving traffic with no need for a pit stop. You could also add: it was an uneventful ride with the warm sun shining on my face and seeing people driving along the highway going places to enjoy the weekend.

I hope it helps.

A Hemingway admirer

David B Katague said...

Hi Hemingway Admirer, I agree with your suggestion and comment.
I hope you continue reading my blogs and make comments to improve my postings. Have a Good Day!

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