Let PEACE Begin With Me

peaceLast holiday season we got invited by a family friend to a Christmas cantata at her church. After the wonderful evening of singing with a great choir and watching well produced skit plays we had a sumptuous dinner at the house of one of our close friends who were likewise invited to the event. What a great way to end a wonderful and memorable event for all of us. Memorable in the sense that beyond the usual perfunctory yuletide theme of peace it packed a message that surprisingly kindled a spark that lingered a bit longer, certainly longer than the exit from the car park ๐Ÿ™‚ โ€“ let peace begin with me.ย  With the tragedy of the massacre of the innocent children of Sandy Hook still fresh in our memories, how proper and fitting the message could be, as if shaking you up and saying โ€“ why donโ€™t you do something ?ย  Come to think of it, are we not sick and tired of all the gang wars, drug wars, religious wars and all the violence and senseless killings that never ever resolve anything ? ย And hey, I will not be arguing about control here. Where I live I canโ€™t own a handgun unless I am a member of a gun club nor a rifle unless I have a license to hunt. These licenses arenโ€™t rights but privileges subject to passing mandatory government safety courses and extensive background checks. I can only carry my handgun when I travel from my house to the gun club โ€“ nowhere else. I have no right to lug the gun around for self protection. Perhaps numbers could speak for itself. The metropolis where I live with a population of some 4M has less than 100 murders in a year. This could sound laughable, but my wife and my ex-wife (if I had any) will have to affix their signatures of approval on my application for a firearm license. Absence of such approval with result in rejection of the application.

war casualtyGovernments and religious fanatics who live for prophetic fulfillment are the main reasons why the killing continues. It somehow justifies their existence, of protecting people from the imaginary evil that supposedly lurks everywhere threatening to take over. Maybe our brains could overpower the machinery that perpetuates this paranoid thinking. Maybe we can focus on minding our own business, be less adversarial and be a bit more patient, tolerant of the simple mistakes of others. Maybe we could be less envious and hateful of the success of others. Maybe we should stop feeling too special demanding extra attention from others. Maybe we could tame our egos and start mingling with people and genuinely enjoy their company. If I start behaving this way, I could probably make my home and workplace a bit more peaceful ๐Ÿ™‚

Hereโ€™s one man who started a simple handshake to an enemy of his countryโ€ฆ


The 60 Dollar PC

android stickOK, letโ€™s just say that all of us are gullible victims of information technology in that 8 out of 10 we donโ€™t really need the gizmos and gadgets that we possess right now. It is nice to own a smart TV but it is not nice when you shell a grand for a middle of the pack model. The same goes with our personal computers and laptops. They become near dinosaurs in 3 years only to be packed in a balikbayan box and sent to a relative back in Pinas so we can justify buying a new one ๐Ÿ™‚ . How many of us would love to lay his hands on a neat Windows 8 touch screen laptop these days but cringe at the high price. Well, thereโ€™s good news from the open system world. For 60 bucks or even less – if you chose to buy from China via Ebay and save on shipping charges- you could score an Android PC on a stick and beat the crap out of the smart TV and at the same time have a PC that could provide your basic computing needs โ€“ multi-media, browsing, email, document creation and decent gaming. Invest in a decent 20 inch HDMI monitor, a cheap 4 port USB hub, a webcam and you can build your own set top box that will allow you to do everything the PC does, including watching movies from online streaming services. Add a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard to give yourself mobility to hop on your large screen HDTV in the living room and convert it into a super smart TV ๐Ÿ™‚

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20 Responses

  1. so touching. It is true that governments are creating the violence and not the people. OMG, the numbers in that chart are so appalling. I never thought they are that large ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    • true, evil dictatorial governments have caused the most deaths to mankind. THe thought of it is indeed appalling.

  2. those numbers are pretty astounding. I never saw too many people killed. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    Interesting Android stick. May have to buy one for myself ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • it is terrible isn’t it ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

      Go ahead. I will buy one for my self soon. I will order it from China. It is much cheaper with minimal shipping charges ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. And here I was thinking it was Hitler that had killed the most. Wow, ang laki lang ng mga numbers. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    • Stalin caused twice as much deaths as Hitler. Come to think of it, the combined numbers would have decimated 60 million people. It’s unimaginable.

  4. “This could sound laughable, but my wife and my ex-wife (if I had any) will have to affix their signatures of approval on my application for a firearm license”
    It sure is, but on second thought, it also make sense. Baka sa kanila gagamitin, eh (especially the ex). Naniniguro lang. >: D

    • yes, and that is precisely why the wife is asked to sign, to make sure that she agrees to it. In cases where there is history of wife abuse, a firearm at the disposal of the husband could endanger the life of the woman..

  5. even if you’re separated, you still need the approval of your ex-wife?

    • yes. Ex-wife or even ex-common law partner ( live in). It would be a real drag to chase an ex-wife or a ex-common law partner for the signature – wouldn’t it.

      • looks to idealistic to me. How would the autorities know who you have lived in ?

        • a common-law relationship can only be known by the government if the live in couple filed their joint income tax under the common law arrangement. A couple need not be officially married. A common-law arrangement gets the same tax benefits.

  6. i am trying very hard not to buy anything made in china :).

    how have you been?

    • i’m fine thanks. Hope you’re swell too ๐Ÿ™‚

      Unfortunately the reality is that most of the goods we buy are made in China. I try not to buy food made in China just to be safe ๐Ÿ˜

  7. yes, imagine millions died due to madness of others fully supported by his minions ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  8. Just browsing on a lazy Sunday afternoon and there you are, still alive, hehe…cheers! Planning hitting the highroad to Winnipeg this summer then to Nova Scotia to visit my cousin, just a plan, nothing concrete and if all goes well, we should drop by Toronto.

    • very much alive and kicking ๐Ÿ™‚ just very busy that’s why I can’t blog often. Great that you are visiting Canada.. not sure how far toronto is from winnipeg – might be at least 18 hours ๐Ÿ˜‰ Have fun !

  9. hello, BW! ๐Ÿ™‚

    i had always thought that it was Hitler who’s on the top of the list. ๐Ÿ™‚ well, he’s on the third but it didn’t change a thing about him being a monster. and so with everybody on that list.

    unfortunately, China products is proliferating like crazy, and at cheaper prices of course.

    i remembering seeing a video of a family making siopaos to sell and they are made with cardboards! gross, really.

    eneweiz. i miss your blog. bow. ๐Ÿ˜€

  10. i mean ‘ i remember seeing’ – ha ha ha

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