Friday, May 03, 2002
Thursday, May 02, 2002
Wednesday, May 01, 2002
Where then do we attribute this bleak outlook that seems to be afflicting everyone in the community? I'd like to hazard a theory.
I think it's because of all the telenovelas, the soap operas. In the past few years, the number of soaps being shown on primetime has increased. The country's top two channels give us a serving of three (yes, three!) soaps a night. If we count the imported telenovelas shown earlier in the day, the number of soaps on Philippine tv shown each day could easily reach up to 12. That's 12 (daily) fixes of misery, pain, bitterness, and whatever other equally unfortunate circumstance the writers come up with. Even Norman Vincent Peale will forget the power of positive thinking amidst all this misery.
What scares me is that, while some of us may achieve catharsis by emphatizing with all the trials the characters go through, we may also be unsciously psyching ourselves into believing that, in order to be fulfilling, life has to have healthy helpings of misery. Maybe this is the reason why we, as a country, can't get ahead: We have romanticized despair and misfortune too much.
I remember that in the late 80s and early 90s, when the Philippine economy wasnt doing too well, sitcoms were all the rage. Maybe that's why we were able to grow economically in the mid 90s. Unfortunately, now that things are starting to look up, we've decided to concentrate our energies on getting ourselves down.
Monday, April 29, 2002
I first started listening to them in 1993, about a few months before they hit it big. There songs were the soundtrack to my college years. I studied, passed exams, failed subjects, met people, and had a falling out with others: Through it all, their songs were playing in the background. Of course, as I got older, I began experimenting with other bands. I stopped buying their cds. But there would still be one or two songs from their album that I'd like.
And now, Eli is leaving the band.
I heard they got a new singer, a girl. But even if they'd gotten a guy, the voice will still be different, the sound will never be the same.
Sunday, April 28, 2002
"When you find out that there is no ultimate good and evil in which you can place your faith, the world does not fall apart at the seams. It simply means that every decision every decision is more difficult, more critical, because you are creating the good and evil yourself and they are very real."
Gray dominates the page. My friend said that the page looks boring with all the gray. Well, I don't know. I like gray right now. I have a gray state of mind at the moment.
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