Mga Patawa sa Bundok 2
|10 OTHER COMMANDMENTS TO LIVE BY|
|DO FINGERS GROW BACK?||Tue, 24 Oct 2000 09:14:13|
A man came out of his home to admire his new truck. To his puzzlement, his three-year-old son was happily hammering dents into the shiny paint. The man ran to his son, knocked him away, hammered the little boy's hands into a pulp as punishment.
When the father calmed down, he rushed his son to the hospital. Although the doctor tried desperately to save the crushed bones, he finally had to amputate the fingers from both the boy's hands. When the boy woke up from the surgery and saw his bandaged stubs, he innocently said, "Daddy, I'm sorry about your truck." Then he asked, "but when are my fingers going to grow back?" The father went home and committed suicide.
Think about the story the next time you see someone spilled milk at a dinner table or hear a baby cry. Think first before you lose your patience and become angry with someone you love. Trucks can be repaired. Broken bones and hurt feelings often cannot.
Too often we fail to recognize the difference between the person and the performance. People make mistakes. We are allowed to make mistakes. But the actions we take while in a rage will haunt us forever. Pause and ponder. Think before you act. Be patient.
Always remember: YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE ANGRY, BUT YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO BE CRUEL...UNDERSTAND AND LOVE.
"IN YOUR ANGER, DO NOT SIN." (Ephesians 4:26)
We're fond of giving labels to others when the other person deviates from the norm. This labeling of others is practiced unconsiously and more often we are not even aware of what we are doing. In the Philippines, we love labeling people according to their ethnic background. We give names such as tisoy, chinoy, Chinese, bombay, kano, more often refferring to fellow Filipinos who do not look or act as "typical" Filipinos. Maybe we have to define the term: Filipino or rather what we perceive to be Filipino looking.
History bears witness that there were three main groups that came to the Philippines. The first wave of settlers were the Negritoes. These were the forebears of the present day aetas. They were not terribly sophisticated and lived a very rudimentary life. Hunting, gathering and slash burn style of farming were their specialty. The next wave of immigrants were the Indons from present day Indonesia. Some tribal groups are directly descended from these groups. The next wave were the Malays. They were sopisticated people and they introduced Islam to the Philippines. They settled as far north as Ilocos.
These groups of people intermarried with each other. Foreigners such as the Chinese, Arabs and Indians came to the Islands to trade and more often than not settled and intermarried with the local people.
Next came the Spaniards who were suprised to find that the Philippines at that point in time was a thriving civilization with Islam as its main religion. Of course, the Spaniards had to conquer us to save us from Islam (remember that the Spaniard themselves had to fight a war to free themselves from Turkish/Islam rule). In fact during the battle for Manila, the ruler Rajah Soliman, had a fort (now Fort Santiago) and cannons made by the local chinese settlers. The Spaniards after conquering us proceeded to make us good catholics and were generally successful except in Mindanao. Of course the Spaniards intermarried with the natives. The Spanish friars too were fairly active in the reproduction arena. Some of Manila's oldest and wealthiest families were descended from priests most notably the Araneta family who are descended from two priest brothers.
During the Spanish era of our history, other settlers came over and intermarried with local, spanish and other races. The ancestor of Jose Rizal settled in the Calamba area. The Pardo de Taveras in the Manila area. A frenchman named Gaston settled in the Bacolod, Iloilo area and founded the Gaston family. So did the other frenchman named Claparols.
By the time the mid 19th century started, Filipino families were so racially diverse that the definition of a brown skinned, pug nose, malay were not even accurate. The Illustrado families were mostly made up of mestizo Spanish (represented by Pardo de Tavera, Roxas, Araneta, Quezon) and mestizo Chinese (Rizal, Chuidian, Lopez, Osmena, Aguinaldo, Cojuangco, Aquino, Recto). These were the people who first called themselves Filipinos.
Then to complicate matters, the Americans came. Unlike the Spaniards, the Americans at that time thought themselves superior so there were few intermarriages. And in the mid-twentieth century, the Japanese invaded. The Japanese just didn't marry our women, they also kept them as mistresses and they also raped them. Again, children were born of Japanese fathers and local mothers.
Oh and the Indians and the Chinese never stopped coming. Every year up to the present these two groups have never, ever stopped coming to our shores. The Arabs too were settling down with local girls.
So how does a typical Filipino look? Could we all honestly say that a typical Filipino is a brown skin, pug nose, meduim height, black hair belonging to the malay ethnic group?
I do not fit this description. I'm tall, fair skin, slanted eyes, medium nose and I consider myself Filipino. Sometimes, the other Filipinos attaches a label. I get called Chinese, Chinoy, Japon, etc. but never ever Filipino or Pinoy. My cousins who share my last name and my middle name which is of Chinese origin do not get called Chinese, Chinoy, Intsik. Rather because of their very prominent nose, caucasian features and round eyes are called tisoy, Spangol, Spanish, etc. but never ever Pinoy or Filipino. It really is funny to have someone call me Intsik or my cousins Tisoy when all we were born here, lived here, and our ancestors were here probably longer than the 19th century immigrants to be called anything but Pinoy.
A very good friend of mine has always been called Tisoy for his prominent caucasian features. But his mother is a Lacson from Bacolod. The Lacson are of Chinese origin. His father is Heras and is of Spanish descent. He grew up here and feels more Pinoy than the average Pinoy.
What is even more distressing are Filipinos that call themselves Pinoy but once they're in a foreign land, they deny their origins or even answer you in heavily accented English. This reminds me of an incident.
I was working in the Hong Kong when a fellow Filipino colleague of mine invited me out for drinks. Since I was bored and wanted to unwind from the stresses of adjusting to a new environment, I welcomed the invitation. We entered a bar and within an hour this colleague of mine was heavily into a conversation with a very attractive woman. Then I heard the woman say: "So where are you from?" "Guess," responded.
"Mexico?" she asked. "Yup," he said. I stared at him. After the woman excused herself, I asked him why he didn't tell her he was pinoy. "Are you crazy? Filipinos are domestic workers here. She won't go out with me!"
Oh he was ashamed to be Filipino. Is he Filipino? He fits the stereotypical description of a pinoy.
What about the owners of establishments who give preferentail treatment to foreigners and treat fellow pinoys as trash?
Are Filipinos defined as a malay ethnic group? Or are we defined as a people with diverse ancestry sharing the same cultural traditions and customs who happen to live in the Philippines?
Labels? Thrash them. After all, labels tend to make us divided as a people. Refer to a Muslim Filipino as Filipino, do the same for the Spanish Filipino. Only then can we heal as a nation.
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|What Tree are You?||Mon, 27 Nov 2000 09:12:15 +1000|
What tree did you fall from? Find your birthday, then find your tree and then scroll down to see how Celtic Astrology describes you. Enjoy!
Dec 23 to Dec 31 - Apple Tree
Jan 01 to Jan 11 - Fir Tree
Jan 12 to Jan 24 - Elm Tree
Jan 25 to Feb 03 - Cypress Tree
Feb 04 to Feb 08 - Poplar Tree
Feb 09 to Feb 18 - Cedar Tree
Feb 19 to Feb 28 - Pine Tree
Mar 01 to Mar 10 - Weeping Willow Tree
Mar 11 to Mar 20 - Lime Tree
Mar 21 - Oak Tree
Mar 22 to Mar 31 - Hazelnut Tree
Apr 01 to Apr 10 - Rowan Tree
Apr 11 to Apr 20 - Maple Tree
Apr 21 to Apr 30 - Walnut Tree
May 01 to May 14 - Poplar Tree
May 15 to May 24 - Chestnut Tree
May 25 to Jun 03 - Ash Tree
Jun 04 to Jun 13 - Hornbeam Tree
Jun 14 to Jun 23 - Fig Tree
Jun 24 - Birch Tree
Jun 25 to Jul 04 - Apple Tree
Jul 05 to Jul 14 - Fir Tree
Jul 15 to Jul 25 - Elm Tree
Jul 26 to Aug 04 - Cypress Tree
Aug 05 to Aug 13 - Poplar Tree
Aug 14 to Aug 23 - Cedar Tree
Aug 24 to Sep 02 - Pine Tree
Sep 03 to Sep 12 - Weeping Willow Tree
Sep 13 to Sep 22 - Lime Tree
Sep 23 - Olive Tree
Sep 24 to Oct 03 - Hazelnut Tree
Oct 04 to Oct 13 - Rowan Tree
Oct 14 to Oct 23 - Maple Tree
Oct 24 to Nov 11 - Walnut Tree
Nov 12 to Nov 21 - Chestnut Tree
Nov 22 to Dec 01 - Ash Tree
Dec 02 to Dec 11 - Hornbeam Tree
Dec 12 to Dec 21 - Fig Tree
Dec 22 - Beech Tree
APPLE TREE (the Love) - of slight build, lots of charm, appeal, and attraction, pleasant aura, flirtatious, adventurous, sensitive, always in love, wants to love and be loved, faithful and tender partner, very generous, scientific talents, lives for today, a carefree philosopher with imagination.
ASH TREE (the Ambition) - uncommonly attractive, vivacious, impulsive, demanding, does not care for criticism, ambitious, intelligent, talented, likes to play with fate, can be egotistic, very reliable and trustworthy, faithful and prudent lover, sometimes brains rule over the heart, but takes partnership very seriously.
BEECH TREE (the Creative) - has good taste, concerned about its looks, materialistic, good organization of life and career, economical, good leader, takes no unnecessary risks, reasonable, splendid lifetime companion, keen on keeping fit (diets, sports, etc.)
BIRCH TREE (the inspiration) - vivacious, attractive, elegant, friendly, unpretentious, modest, does not like anything in excess, abhors the vulgar, loves life in nature and in calm, not very passionate, full of imagination, little ambition, creates a calm and content atmosphere.
CEDAR TREE (the Confidence) - of rare beauty, knows how to adapt, likes luxury, of good health, not in the least shy, tends to look down on others, self-confident, determined, impatient, likes to impress others, many talents, industrious, healthy optimism, waiting for the one true love, able to make quick decisions.
CHESTNUT TREE (the Honesty) - of unusual beauty, does not want to impress, well-developed sense of justice, vivacious, interested, a born diplomat, but irritates easily and sensitive in company, often due to a lack of self confidence, acts sometimes superior, feels not understood, loves only once, has difficulties in finding a partner.
CYPRESS TREE (the Faithfulness) - strong, musular, adaptable, takes what life has to give, content, optimistic, craves money and acknowledgment, hates loneliness, passionate lover which cannot be satisfied, faithful, quick-tempered, unruly, pedantic, and careless.
ELM TREE (the Noble-mindedness) - pleasant shape, tasteful clothes, modest demands, tends not to forgive mistakes, cheerful, likes to lead but not to obey, honest and faithful partner, likes making decisions for others, noble-minded, generous, good sense of humor, practical.
FIG TREE (the Sensibility) - very strong, a bit self-willed, independent, does not allow contradiction or arguments, loves life, its family, children and animals, a bit of a social butterfly, good sense of humor, likes idleness and laziness, of practical talent and intelligence.
FIR TREE (the Mysterious) - extraordinary taste, dignity, sophisticated, loves anything beautiful, moody, stubborn, tends to egoism but cares for those close to them, rather modest, very ambitious, talented, industrious, uncontented lover, many friends, many foes, very reliable.
HAZELNUT TREE (the Extraordinary) - charming, undemanding, very understanding, knows how to make an impression, active fighter for social cause, popular, moody, and capricious lover, honest, and tolerant partner, precise sense of judgment.
HORNBEAM TREE (the Good Taste) - of cool beauty, cares for its looks and condition, good taste, is not egoistic, makes life as comfortable as possible, leads a reasonable and disciplined life, looks for kindness and acknowledgment in an emotional partner, dreams of unusual lovers, is seldom happy with its feelings, mistrusts most people, is never sure of its decisions, very conscientious.
LIME TREE (the Doubt) - accepts what life dishes out in a composed way, hates fighting, stress, and labor, dislikes laziness and idleness, soft and relenting, makes sacrifices for friends, many talents but not tenacious enough to make them blossom, often wailing and complaining, very jealous but loyal.
MAPLE TREE (Independence of Mind) - no ordinary person, full of imagination and originality, shy and reserved, ambitious, proud, self-confident, hungers for new experiences, sometimes nervous, has many complexities, good memory, learns easily, complicated love life, wants to impress.
OAK TREE (the Brave) - robust nature, courageous, strong, unrelenting, independent, sensible, does not like change, keeps its feet on the ground, person of action.
OLIVE TREE (the Wisdom) - loves sun, warmth and kind feelings, reasonable, balanced, avoids aggression and violence, tolerant, cheerful, calm, well-developed sense of justice, sensitive, empathetic, free of jealousy, loves to read and the company of sophisticated people.
PINE TREE (the Particular) - loves agreeable company, very robust, knows how to make life comfortable, very active, natural, good companion, but seldom friendly, falls easily in love but its passion burns out quickly, gives up easily, everything disappointments until it finds its ideal, trustworthy, practical.
POPLAR TREE (the Uncertainty) - looks very decorative, not very self-confident, only courageous if necessary, needs goodwill and pleasant surroundings, very choosy, often lonely, great animosity, artistic nature, good organizer, tends to lean toward philosophy, reliable in any situation, takes partnership seriously.
ROWAN TREE (the Sensitivity) - full of charm, cheerful, gifted without egoism, likes to draw attention, loves life, motion, unrest, and even complications, is both dependent and independent, good taste, artistic, passionate, emotional, good company, does not forgive.
WALNUT TREE (the Passion) - unrelenting, strange and full of contrasts, often egotistic, aggressive, noble, broad horizon, unexpected reactions, spontaneous, unlimited ambition, no flexibility, difficult and uncommon partner, not always liked but often admired, genius strategist, very jealous and passionate, no compromise.
WEEPING WILLOW (the Melancholy) - beautiful but full of melancholy, attractive, very empathetic, loves anything beautiful and tasteful, loves to travel, dreamer, restless, capricious, honest, can be influenced but is not easy to live with, demanding, good intuition, suffers in love but finds sometimes an anchoring partner.
May isang mangangaral ang naglalakad at papasok ng simbahan isang araw ng linggo ang may bitbit na kalawanging kulungan. Marami ang nagtaka, nagbulungan at nagtaas ng kilay nang dalhin niya ito sa harap ng mesa at ipakita sa mga tao habang siya'y nagmimisa. Nagsimula siyang magsalita bilang pagpapaliwanag:
Ako'y naglalakad sa bayan isang araw ng makita ko ang isang
mama na bitbit ang kalawanging kulungan na ito na may lamang
tatlong mababangis, pangit at malalaking ibon. Ngunit ang mga ibong
ito ay matatanda na at may sakit. Tinanong ko ang lalaki kung ano
ang gagawin niya sa mga ito.
Sabi niya, "Paglalaruan ko ang mga ito sa bahay, bubunutan ko ng mga pakpak para mag-away at magtukaan. Tapos ipapatalik ko sa kabilang ibon itong asawa ng lalaking ibon para awayin niya ulit. Basta pag-aaway-awayin ko sila at siguradong masayang panoorin ito."
"Eh kung mapagod ka na sa gagawin mo, anong sunod mong
gagawin???" tanong ko.
Sumagot ang lalaki, "may alaga akong pusa, ipapakain ko na lang sila doon".
Makaraang matahimik ay tinanong ko ulit siya, "magkano mo
ipagbibili sa akin ang mga ibong iyan???"
...nagtaka ang lalaki at nagtanong, "aanhin mo pa ang mga pangit at sakiting mga ibong ito??? Tutukain ka lamang ng mga ito, masasaktan ka pa".....
"magkano???...." pangungulit ko....
Makaraang mag-isip ang tusong lalaki ay napangiti siya't
sinabing "isang daan ang isa kaya bale tatlong daan
makaraan akong dumukot ng pera at nagbayad ay agad kong kinuha ang hawlang may tatlong ibon at pinakawalan ko sa ibabaw ng isang malagong puno at pinabayaang mabuhay sa gitna ng gubat.......
Ngayon eto ang isa pang kwento:
Isang araw ay nag-uusap si Hesus at Satanas...ito ang kanilang usapan...
Satanas : "Nahuli ko ang mga taong ito na may mahinang
pananampalataya sa iyo"
Hesus : "Anong gagawin mo sa kanila???"
Satanas : "Tuturuan ko silang maging masama, makiapid, magsugal, iba't-bang klase ng bisyo at droga hanggang sa sila ay mag-away-away, magkasakitan at magpatayan..."
Hesus : "Kung mapagod ka na sa gagawin mo, anong sunod mong gagawin???"
Satanas : "Papatayin ko na sila at dadalhin sa impiyerno!!!"
Hesus : "Magkano mo ipagbibili sa akin ang mga taong ito???"
Satanas : "Aanhin mo ang mga taong ito???...aapihin ka lamang ng mga ito't pagtatawanan...lilibakin at duduraan...di ka nila papansinin..."
Hesus : "Magkano nga sabi..???"
Satanas : (makaraang mag-isip ay napapangiting sinabi) "Lahat ng iyong LUHA, PAWIS at DUGO!!!"...
Siguro naman ay alam na ninyo kung paano niya binayaran si satanas...'di ba't nakakatawang isipin kung paano balewalain si Hesus pagkatapos ay magtataka tayo kung bakit kailangang mapunta sa impiyerno ang tao???...
Nakakatawang isipin na maraming tao ang naniwala agad sa mga nakasulat sa diyaryo pero laging may tanong kapag Bibliya ang pinag-uusapan...
Nakakatawang isipin na maraming tao ang gustong makarating sa langit ngunit hindi naman nasusunod ang ipinag-uutos ng diyos ayon sa bibliya...
Maraming tao ang nagdarasal ng "Sumasampalataya ako...." ngunit mas naaapektuhan na gumawa ng masama... kahit nga si Satanas ay naniniwala kay Hesus...
Nakakatawa ring isipin na maraming tao ang nagpapadala ng mga
kalokohang sa pamamagitan ng E-mail... ngunit kapag patungkol na sa
Diyos ay nagdadalawang isip muna... hindi ba???...
Pati nga mga kalaswaan, pagmumura at radikal na usapan ay makikita't maririnig sa iba't-ibang lugar pero pagdating sa Diyos tanging sa simbahan o sambahan o sa silid pang-Relihiyon ng eskuwelahan lamang...
Maraming tao nga ang nagsisimba pero paglabas naman ng simbahan ay ano na???...wala na.....
NAKAKATAWA HINDI BA???
Hindi ba't nakakatawang isipin kung paano mo ipapadala ang mensaheng ito... kung sinong mga piling tao lamang ang iyong padadalhan... dahil di mo alam kung ano ang kanilang paniniwalaan...at kung ano ang iisipin nila sa iyo dahil pinadala mo ito sa kanila...baka ka ba pagtawanan nila???...
Higit sa lahat, hidi ba't nakakatawang isipin na kung ano ang iisipin ng mga tao sa iyo kesa sa kung ano ang iniisip para sa iyo ng Panginoong Diyos???
NAKAKATAWANG ISIPIN PERO IYAN ANG MAPAIT NA KATOTOHANAN!!!
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