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Where the air is crisp and pure and mild,
And the skies are ever clear;
Where the trees reach high and the grass is green,
And the nights are filled with peace;
Where the untainted soil is nurturing,
And the children want for nothing;
Where the beasts sing of things to come
And the spirits keep watch and hear
Each prayer and each step we make,
And grant what we deserve;
Where everything does not have a price
And all is family;
The simple life is not too far,
And so is peace and freedom,
It is just us who have the hardest time
To stretch out with open hands,
To reach out, take hold and seize the peace
That we keep on wishing for.
For our Anthropology class, we went to a community of indigenous people living at the mountains of Pampanga. It’s amazing how life seems so peaceful there. The community is like one big family where they trust one another. Money doesn’t seem as important to them as it is to us since they have crops and they can just hunt for food. It was a good break from urban living. I slept better there than here in the city where I’m always anxious about things. Above is a picture I took during our trip.
This literally hits home as Balangiga is in the same region as my hometown.
Today marks the 114th anniversary of the infamous Balangiga Massacre, which exemplifies the brutal treatment and racist attitude of the Americans towards the Filipino people in their quest to “pacify” the Philippines and integrate our islands as an American possession—as in the words of President McKinley, to “benevolently assimilate” the Philippines. Despite the US government’s effort to cover up their atrocities in the Philippines, the Balangiga Massacre remains one of if not the best documented example of American war crimes against the Filipino people.
Originally, the “Balangiga Massacre” was referred to the battle that happened in the town of Balangiga, Samar on 28 September 1901 where the troops of Company C, 9th US Infantry Regiment were garrisoned in order to close down the town’s port and prevent supplies from reaching the guerilla troops of General Vicente Lukban.
The townspeople decided to attack the Americans…
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“Their specific standards are not our standards. People have no right to force their standards onto us. We are to treat each other equally.”
It is common knowledge that one should not kill other people. We should not steal, nor should we tell lies. These are common standards that we all have. Specific standards consist of how we live our lives, and what we expect from ourselves. At no time should we ever enforce specific standards onto others. We all have specific standards that we hold ourselves up to. Most of the times these standards are derived from a mentor or role model that comes into our lives. This could be from our childhood or someone who we associate with. Whichever may be the case, these are our expectations of ourselves. We should never hold someone else to our standards. Would we expect a Maserati Ghibli to function as a Ford 750? People function in the same manner. Each of us have different talents and different abilities. We should never limit another person by imposing our standards on others. Likewise, we…
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All of us have seen the sea and observed the waves that come crashing to the shore. Sometimes we hear the waves coming, but there are also waves that can only be heard when they have landed on the shore. I marvel those silent waves and how gracefully they move towards land. I believe the same goes with communication– the strongest messages are not always expressed in words, or as what is often said, ‘actions speak louder than words’.
In the organizational context, the saying that goes ‘actions speak louder than words’ is more commonly incorporated on the output of organizations. While working for such an output though, it seems to matter less. I have observed that people tend to rely more on words when eliciting responses instead of nonverbal clues that express how the person being asked truly feels. However, I understand that empathy is not really applicable to all types of organizational structures. When assessing the efficiency of a member, though, I believe that empathy is necessary.
Lately, I have also come to observe that most people tend to easily believe that everybody is as good as what they say. I have seen this in organizations where I belong to, and even with the people I interact with. Nonverbal clues are often neglected in favor of building up expectations with what they are told. More often than not, expectations built such lead to disappointments which deeply affect communication. I do not see this as something healthy for organizations. Sensitivity and empathy, I believe, is still necessary for the progress of an organization.
However, I am yet to find proofs to support these assumptions, and confirm if waves without sounds touch the shore as much as the noisy waves do.