"Brains are awesome! I wish everybody had one..." ~Caloy Bueno
"But (sic) life experiences and common sense (and sensibility) are ultimately the better forms of education." ~Carlos Silverio Bueno
"But the words also lend themselves to all other peoples of the world, who even now look up to their own governments to realize in their behalf the fundamental liberties that are due to all men, under the proposition that all are created equal as an inalienable right of all humanity that exist on God's earth." ~Caloy Bueno on Abraham Lincoln Gettysburg Address, 4 August 2017
"Filipinos are traditionally a hospitable people. We are generous even to strangers. That presupposes that we are a caring people -- but there is something about genuine caring that is somehow incompatible with the Filipinos' psyche -- while we can indeed be generous (when we want or need to, such as on special occasions), Filipinos generally have a xenophobic streak inherent in them (the fear of the stranger) -- this undercuts the required genuine caring attitude..." ~Caloy Bueno on Culture of Caring, 6 October 2017
"Hardly anything happens without a counterpoint or the opposite happening elsewhere... Here, we grope our way toward a federal and parliamentary form of government; Down Under, they're considering the option of becoming a republican state!" ~Caloy Bueno, 29 July 2017
"...if we can just get past our differences and idiosyncracies (deal with it positively), we should just stop our petty and senseless quarrels and debates and help one another to become better versions of our own selves from day to day. We have the opportunity to do so now." ~Caloy Bueno, December 26, 2017
"In the knowledge age, democracy will be innovated to become more efficient (not so much subject anymore to the vicissitudes of politicians' importunings) -- ordinary people through knowledge and technology tools will be able to exercise more meaningful power and privileges, because systems and procedures will be refined to enable maximum participation without chaos (more orderly and effective)..." ~Caloy Bueno, October 9, 2017
"... mass media should be the impartial, fair and honest (i.e., with full integrity) purveyors of information, ... charged with the duty and responsibility to educate the masses." ~Caloy Bueno
"Mass media's tragedy is that it became a willing tool for capitalist interests. It succumbed to greed and abandoned its noble cause of seeking and conveying the truth, as a result of which it even corrupted its journalistic standards and perverted its practices to serve only the vested interests of the few." ~Caloy Bueno, December 13, 2017
"Nothing defines us more sharply or eloquently than how we rise after we fall..." ~Caloy Bueno
"Nothing in life is perfect nor truly pure." ~Caloy Bueno
"Nothing like a calm and collected, confident visage to face the world with on a brand-new glorious morning." ~Carlos Silverio Bueno
"Our politics do not go beyond personalities. Our governance, therefore, cannot go beyond 'isang kahig -- isang tuka'..." ~Caloy Bueno, October 8, 2017
"Reality is like the horizon...
always there -- far away,
And always, always -- changing."
~Carlos S Bueno
"The end of night (resting time) and the start of a new day (living again) are the measurements of time dividing our existence on earth, seemingly an unending progression that informs our lives on a daily basis... but the dawn is that special part of the day when the glory of the firmament is declared to announce the new day...." ~Caloy Bueno
"The essential significance of Rizal is as a symbolism of the best of the Filipino, and as the embodiment of hope in the power of change to make our society better (peaceful reforms)... " ~Caloy Bueno
"....the President -- represents the pinnacle of the people's choice and hopes for the realization of that promise to make the country's governance responsive and responsible to the people for the advancement of their lives." ~Caloy Bueno, 4 August 2017
"The survival of mankind is predicated on our being social animals. But often we are more animal than social." ~Caloy Bueno
"The 'wilderness' inside mankind itself is what should be relentlessly tamed or eliminated -- but instead, we destroy the external wilderness that sustains us." ~Caloy Bueno, January 10, 2018
"We all have our own truths -- therefore we have to bear the consequences of believing in those truths. But it shouldn't stop us from realizing the possibility that we may also be mistaken in our beliefs..." ~Caloy Bueno, September 23, 2017
"What makes us who we are? How we think, say and act? The sum of what we remember?"Whether you believe in predestination ('manifest destiny') or a deterministic future (through your own choices/decisions and its consequences), nobody can really say how or even if we can reach such ends for our lives. Our intentions may be perfect, but alas, we are not!! So we view life as a mystery to be lived, and until the last possible moment, we do not really know what the future has in store for us." ~Caloy Bueno
What we think and what we say tells how honest we are. What we say and what we do shows our integrity. Remembering how we were brought up is the foundation of our personality, its stability reflecting upon the wellbeing of family. How we habitually behave forms our character. What we know and believe in explicitly or implicitly informs our existence. And how we live directs us to our destiny.
When we die, our legacy is with those who really know who we were -- and whose lives were touched by us, just as they also touched our own..." ~Caloy Bueno, February 1, 2018
"Why lookest thou -- thou lovest me?" ~Caloy Bueno
"Wisdom enables you to understand people; enlightenment enables you to understand yourself." ~Carlos Silverio Bueno
"Within the normal course of any democratic regime, the chief manifestation of a representative government "of the people, by the people, for the people" is the electoral exercise of the people for their freedom of choice in the leadership of their government." ~Caloy Bueno, 4 August 2017
"Your worth is said to be conversely proportional to how others see you, and perhaps inversely proportional to how you see yourself... But if it doesn't check out either way, it doesn't necessarily mean that you're either utterly worthless or totally worthy -- maybe we are just confused by how proportionality works in terms of worthiness!!" ~Caloy Bueno, 11 June 2018
"All persons make mistakes. And all mistakes can be forgiven." ~Native American Code of Ethics
"Children are the seeds of our future. Plant love in their hearts and water them with wisdom and life’s lessons. When they are grown, give them space to grow." ~Native American Code of Ethics
"Do not believe in something simply because you WANT to believe it." ~Tyrion Lannister
"Don't let others make your path for you. It is yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you."
~Native American Code of Ethics
"Freedom of opinion can only exist when the government thinks itself secure." ~Bertrand Russell
"I'll take my destiny, whatever that may be, but I'm going to fight for my dignity and my honor." ~Ferdinand E. Marcos
"I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong." ~Bertrand Russell
“In the end, it is important to remember that we cannot become what we need to be, by remaining what we are.” ~Max DePree
"Our country's sacred honor is its good citizens' own, who risk life in its defense because they are also protected giving it." ~Andrew Jackson
"Sometimes we need to stop analyzing the past, stop planning the future, stop figuring out precisely how we feel, stop deciding exactly what we want, and just see what happens..." ~Carrie Bradshaw (Sex & the City)
"Stronger than lover's love is lover's hate.
Incurable, in each, the wounds they make."
"The clever combatant imposes his will on the enemy, but does not allow the enemy's will to be imposed on him." ~£Sun Tzu (The Art of War -- VI. Weak and Strong Points)
"The degree of one's emotions varies inversely with one's knowledge of the facts." ~Bertrand Russell
"The good life is inspired by love and guided by knowledge." ~Bertrand Russell
“The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.” ~US President Ronald Reagan
"The needs of the many far outweigh the needs of the few." ~Spock, Star Trek
"There is only one way to avoid criticism: Do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing." ~Aristotle
Three classes of men:
lovers of wisdom,
lovers of honor,
and lovers of gain.
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