It does not matter if nobody reads your writing. The point of writing is self-expression—gathering an audience should be secondary. You cannot connect to other people without connecting first to yourself.
“Every writer, of every political flavor, has some neat historical analogy, or mini-lesson, with which to preface an argument for why we ought to bomb these guys or side with those guys against the guys we were bombing before. But the best argument for reading history is not that it will show us the right thing to do in one case or the other, but rather that it will show us why even doing the right thing rarely works out.”—
Being in a country where there a noticeable wave of historical revision of the Marcos years, I was drawn more to this part:
The real sin that the absence of a historical sense encourages is presentism, in the sense of exaggerating our present problems out of all proportion to those that have previously existed. It lies in believing that things are much worse than they have ever been—and, thus, than they really are—or are uniquely threatening rather than familiarly difficult.
Odd though, where I am, those who are quick to praise the dictator and his minions are kids born in the years after he was kicked from power.
A survey by the Pew Research Center in conjunction with Rutgers University has found that social media doesn’t encourage discussion on controversial subjects. It may, in fact, cause people to stay quiet.
“The most important skill of the future will be the ability to learn and adapt. You need to be resourceful, keep your eyes open for advances coming out of nowhere, and embrace the new opportunities as they emerge. You need to be able to collaborate with others and build relationships. You need to be able to share ideas, inspire, and motivate.”—Vivek Wadhwa
“When a photo is published on the web, it falls into nimble, anonymous hands that upload and share millions of images each day. Context becomes a casualty. Its loss threatens photographers’ reputations, may endanger their subjects, and chips away at journalistic credibility. If a photojournalist’s responsibility is authenticity, her challenge is control.”—Safeguarding Truth in Photojournalism: Ami Vitale’s Survival Guide
Broadly speaking, World War I resulted to the nurturing of an Adolf Hitler, the creation of the USSR and the breakup of the Ottoman Empire. And these three in turn resulted into the Second World War, the Cold War and the never-ending conflicts in the Middle East.
Almost a century ago, Mark Sykes of Britain and François Georges-Picot of France arbitrarily carved up what was then the Ottoman Empire, doling out territories to the victors of World War I, and creating the modern borders of the Middle East in the process. The effects of those ham-fisted efforts are still felt today, especially in ISIS-dominated Iraq, where ethnic divides within the post-WWI borders have been the primary cause of unthinkable bloodshed.
Nicknamed the Steel Butterfly—Thatcher with bling—Marcos called herself “my little people’s star and slave,” a burden that ended in 1986, when she and her husband, Ferdinand Marcos, were ousted in the People Power Revolution, amid accusations that they had looted the national coffers and conspired to kill a political rival.
The use of heroes and heroic movements to sell goods has been on-going for centuries. Enduring brands and goods like Tanduay and San Miguel took their names, in part, from the localities in which they were founded. We have Manila beer, Manila envelopes, even Manila abaca. At times, even vice…
The indomitable spirit and style of the D-Day Dames gave the world some of the most distinctive and daring chronicles of an epic period of history. They did it, not just because they were exceptional women, but because they were great journalists
There’s no mention of the massacre in Chinese students’ textbooks, and the events are excised from translated books, says Foreign Policy. Members of China’s millennial generation, known as the jiulinghou, are scared to talk about it… while the New Republic says young people will do so only under condition of anonymity.
“Travel is the best investment you can make in yourself. It teaches you that there are many ways to live a good, fulfilled life. It broadens your world view, yet makes you appreciate home all the more.”— Joel Sartore,National Geographic photographer, writer and nature conservation advocate
“Until we live in a society where every human is assured dignity in their labor so that they can work to live well, not only work to survive, there will always be an element of those who seek the open road as a means of escape, of liberation and, of course, of rebellion.”—Kitra Cahana, Stories of the homeless and hidden