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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Theory of Everything and Numerology: Can everything in creation be explained by a numerical equation?

From Pythagoras to Einstein the quest for a numerical equation that would be able to explain everything in creation should be one of mankind's greatest challenges that may somehow put him in the status of godhood. Numerology has long been practiced in the ancient cities of Egypt and Babylon. It was the Greek philosopher Pythagoras that most credit should be given with for modern numerology.

The system of numerology is a method of divination which is also employed in the use of magic. Based upon Pythagoras' statement that, "the world is built upon the power of numbers," numerology became systems of both divination and magic because both systems are based upon the broader concept that the entire universe is composed of mathematical patterns, and all things can be expressed in numbers which correspond to universal vibrations. Therefore, all things, including names, words, birth dates and birthplaces, are able to be reduced to numbers in order to determine personalities, destinies and fortunes of individuals.

The Theory of Everything, on the other hand, is a putative theory of theoretical physics that fully explains and links together all known physical phenomena, and predicts the outcome of any experiment that could be carried out in principle. A Theory of Everything would unify all the fundamental interactions of nature: gravitation, strong interaction, weak interaction, and electromagnetism. Einstein intensely searched for such a unifying theory during the last decades of his life. However, none of these attempts were successful.

The terrorist attack on American soil last September 11, 2001 was filled with numerical coincidences many of us failed to anticipate or notice. Here are some facts to cite with (the number "11" is considered a master number by numerologists):

* "New York City" is composed of 11 characters.

* September 11 is the 254th day of the year. 2+5+4=11.

* September 11 in numerical form could be 9/11. 9+1+1= 11.

* The Twin Towers represent the number "11".

* The U.S. president during that time was George W. Bush. "George W. Bush" is a name composed of 11 characters.

* Flight 77, the flight that hit the south tower, had 65 passengers on board; 6+5=11.

* Flight 11, the airline that hit the north tower, had 92 passengers on board; 9+2=11(there were 11 crew members on board).

* After the attack, the US declared war on terror and attacked Afghanistan where the Al Quaeda leader Osama bin Ladin was hiding. "Afghanistan", by the way, is composed of 11 characters.

Are these just numerical coincidences to events or these things actually happened because they are destined to be so? Can everything in creation be explained by a numerical equation? The Theory of Everything, in my opinion, as well as the numerical wisdom some of us are lead to believe with, should be able to convince us more that God alone knows what's best for us as He is far most beyond a Law for everything than just mere theories to deal with at.

The Rhymester

I believe that in a string of words is a hand that touches souls and can heal those who have been terribly hurt.

If the wind shall blow its coldest
I'll warm your heart with verses cool;
The night was lonely, dark, and deep
And far out there a wounded soul.

I am the lovely hands that rock
The cradle of sweet lullabies;
And through the verses I've had weaved
Shall wipe the tears from someone's eyes.

So if you're feeling sad and blue
I am just here from out the rains:
And through the verses I have wrote
Could somehow take away the pains.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

It takes a dad to build a home

Here's a short poem I've written impromptu for all the fathers in the world especially to my father who is now in his early 60s. Happy Father's Day!

It takes a dad to build a home
Yes, he is, from pillar to post
The core for what he can command
To keep us all from getting lost.

A father's love is genuine
And growing strong as it can be
Yet through what is the Road of Life
He knows the best--and sets us free.

Our dads will soon catch up with age
Or one day may just pass away
But deep within our very hearts
They so lived and will always stay.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Quantum of Solace

"Joy is not in things; it is in us."
     --Richard Wagner

"Grief is perhaps an unknown territory for you. You might feel both helpless and hopeless without a sense of a "map" for the journey. Confusion is the hallmark of a transition. To rebuild both your inner and outer world is a major project."                      --Anne Grant

The morning light streaming
through the windows should have
heated the amber in his eyes
but the flicker has now evaporated.
Prayers should be said in Latin.
On a clear day one would be able
to see a great distance.
Sometimes I almost hated the thing.
“Why are there so many people here?”
I would be startled by the first view of it.
Hearts heavy with impending grief.
I turned away from the windows
wandering back through
the comparative privacy etched
into my own soul.
A hushed silence fell.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Rizal: The greatest man of the Malayan race

Philippine national hero Dr. Jose P. Rizal's birth anniversary will mark 150th this coming June 19, 2011. Considered by most historians as the greatest man the Malayan race has ever produced, Rizal's life exemplifies a dedication to freedom for the people of a nation, which happens to be his own, beaten, ruled, and oppressed by the occupying Spanish colonialist forces. However, being a highly educated man that he was as well as a many splendored genius, has found his way attacking mother Spain through the brilliance  of his pen. He wanted reforms in the Spanish ruling of the Philippines instead of the actual bloody revolution his compatriot Andres Bonifacio would later on carry out.

Rizal is a well-traveled man. He has been to European countries of Spain, Germany, and more. He has also been to the United States, Cuba, Singapore, and Japan where he met and made many a girlfriend to fill up the loneliness felt of being far away from home. Rizal may have been adorable in person for many a girl in every place he visits would easily be attracted to him. He married the Irishwoman Josephine Bracken whom they had a son that soon died after her having giving birth of him.

To read more about Rizal click here.

The Spaniards labeled Rizal as Spain's most rebel son, but to the Filipinos he was a hero. His execution by the Spaniards at the Bagumbayan or the now Luneta on December 30, 1896 was a spark of fire intensifying Philippine Revolution until 1898. He was 35 when he died, almost just the same age as Christ when he was crucified.

Rizal's death signalled the downfall of Spanish regime in the Philippines (after 333 years of Spanish rule), so that the greatest Filipino poet in Spanish Cecilio Apostol, celebrating Rizal in his poem with the English translation, once declared:

"Oh redeemer of an enslaved country
In the mystery of the grave do not cry
Heed not the brief triumph of the Spaniards
Because if a bullet destroyed your cranium
Likewise your idea destroys an empire".

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Spratly Islands issue: Claimant countries deserve respect for sovereignty from each other

The latest friction caused by Chinese navy's way of patrolling and showing of force in the Spratly Islands against other claimant nations the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, and Taiwan clearly show what is to be anticipated as the China expansionist program. It is a tactical move for the Chinese government to gain full control and ownership of these islands to further its interests both commercially and militarily. Almost all ships going out of the Strait of Malacca heading for Japan, Taiwan, or anywhere northwest or northeast will pass through this route especially for commercial purposes. Spratly will serve as a military base therefore making the mainland China safer and to deter any possible foreign attack coming eastward especially that one of the United States with any of its aircraft carriers positioned anywhere in the vast Pacific ocean.

Aside from that,  the Spratly is very rich in natural resources. Natural gas could be mined under its deep waters in abundance. No wonder why many a nation will have to claim and own these islands as part of their territories. But who really owned the Spratly islands?

The Philippines claimed and owned at least eight of the islands in the Spratly called the Kalayaan group of islands. Kalayaan is the Tagalog word for freedom. The largest island in the Kalayaan group of islands is called "Pag-asa" which in English means hope.

China cites history--to have owned the islands--dating back to the Tang dynasty by which it has also long ago abandoned. The Vietnamese, on the other hand, believed that the islands have been long ago conquered by their ancestors. Spratlys remain a source of tension among the claimants.

 The 1898 Treaty of Peace between Spain and the United States declared: “Spain cedes to the United States the archipelago known as the Philippine Islands, and comprehending the islands lying within the following line: A line running from west to east along or near the twentieth parallel of north latitude, and through the middle of the navigable channel of Bachi, from the one hundred and eighteenth (118th) to the one hundred and twenty-seventh (127th) degree meridian of longitude east of Greenwich, thence along the one hundred and twenty seventh (127th) degree meridian of longitude east of Greenwich to the parallel of four degrees and forty five minutes (4 [degree symbol] 45']) north latitude, thence along the parallel of four degrees and forty five minutes (4 [degree symbol] 45') north latitude to its intersection with the meridian of longitude one hundred and nineteen degrees and thirty five minutes (119 [degree symbol] 35') east of Greenwich, thence along the meridian of longitude one hundred and nineteen degrees and thirty five minutes (119 [degree symbol] 35') east of Greenwich to the parallel of latitude seven degrees and forty minutes (7 [degree symbol] 40') north, thence along the parallel of latitude of seven degrees and forty minutes (7 [degree symbol] 40') north to its intersection with the one hundred and sixteenth (116th) degree meridian of longitude east of Greenwich, thence by a direct line to the intersection of the tenth (10th) degree parallel of north latitude with the one hundred and eighteenth (118th) degree meridian of longitude east of Greenwich, and thence along the one hundred and eighteenth (118th) degree meridian of longitude east of Greenwich to the point of beginning.The United States will pay to Spain the sum of twenty million dollars ($20,000,000) within three months after the exchange of the ratifications of the present treaty.” Significantly, the Spratlys lie within those lines demarcated within the treaty limits.

The Philippines's claim over the waters and the maritime zones derive from the 1982 Convention on the Law of the Sea, which grants the country the sole exploitation rights over the natural resources within the Exclusive Economic Zone (which extends to 200 nautical miles around the coastal state) and, more relevant to fossil fuel extraction, to continental shelf (defined as the “natural prolongation of the land mass” up to the same 200 nautical mile limit).

The United States of America will be playing  a very important role to help settle out the Spratly issue for good. The Philippines is under a Mutual Defense Treaty with the United States which could mean that an attack against the Philippines is an attack against America and vice versa. But China is one of America's biggest trading partners.

China's showing of force and, to some occasions, harassment to any of these claimant nations' troop stationed in the Spratly simply indicate lack of respect to each of these nations' sovereignty. The Philippines will fight for its right in the Spratly as well as for freedom against any invader who will try to trample its sacred shores. China ambitions to become the world's next superpower but to disrespect other much smaller nations' sovereignty and national pride is a character unworthy of  a nation desiring to be great. Still, the Philippines is open to diplomatic talks with any of these claimant countries for the peaceful resolution of the said issue.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Your frozen breath has been to me

"If you learn from your suffering, and really come to understand the lesson you were taught, you might be able to help someone else who's now in the phase you may have just completed. Maybe that's what it's all about after all..."

Your frozen breath has been to me
A sweet embrace of warmth and love;
So warm it dashed the wintry grip
Of all a morning you could have.

In the darkness and the cold
Your glow retreat like a lonely star;
But yet I saw what is, I thought,
Something that you will be for more.

Racing on the wings of the wind
My words shall come to you to please;
And with the fullness of the Light
To wipe the tears dry from your face.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Cruelty against animals and cockfighting in the Philippines

Call it cruelty against animals but cockfighting is a favorite past time in the Philippines. It has become a part of Filipino culture and as many as there are basketball courts available around are the cockpits to be found in every Philippine town. There are game fowl farms that raised these warrior roosters from hatch to fight in hundredths to even thousandths of them in many areas of the country most of which materials have been acquired or imported from the United States of America. Breeders label the offspring of these imported stocks as the "island born". Aside from game fowl farms, there are the backyard breeders who also contribute a considerable number of the total game fowl produce in the whole country.

The history of cockfighting could be traced back to times before Christ. Cockfighting is popular among the Phoenicians, Hebrews, and Canaanites some 3,000 years ago. The Encyclop√¶dia Britannica (2008) holds: The sport was popular in ancient times in India, China, Persia, and other Eastern countries and was introduced into Greece in the time of Themistocles(c. 524–460 BC). For a long time the Romans affected to despise this "Greek diversion," but they ended up adopting it so enthusiastically that the agricultural writer Columella(1st century AD) complained that its devotees often spent their whole patrimony in betting at the side of the pit.

In the Philippines, cockfighting is called "sabong". The Olympics of Cockfighting where the world's leading game fowl breeders gather to compete is held in the Philippines twice a year called "World Slasher Cup" staged at Araneta Coliseum. By the time the Spaniards arrived, cockfighting was already popular in the Philippines as it was recorded that natives of Butuan were watching cockfights when the Spaniards came for supply back in 1565.

Except for the fact that it is, indeed, a cruelty against animals, cockfighting is an art as well as a brutal sport. I grew up in a community where cockfighting is a regular event(at least once a week especially on Sundays). My father one time bred, raised, and conditioned these feathered warriors to victory as well as to defeat. My brother is an enthusiast of the sport as well as my uncles and cousins. It runs in the blood of the family so to speak but I, in my case, was only up to the level when we bring it to the point, in the preparation of these warriors into combat, and not the combat itself.

My father is the genetic engineer selecting the finest breeding materials at hand, crossed them with a prospect, experiment, and see for the result that only the best line should be produced and reproduced. My brother is the master trainer, preparing the fighter for what rigid trainings he can possibly apply with. There are certain trainings making a game fowl razor sharp in all aspects and it takes a process and a knowledge. I, on the other hand, is the nutritionist as well as the one in charge for the particular type of drugs to be used making our winged gladiators much harder to kill come fight time.

I am actually against it, I mean cockfighting, but as long as it is an art or a sport should only be up to that level of preparing them for battle and not the actual fight itself many will have to see with more blood. It is not the purpose of this writing to encourage cockfighting nor to convince anyone that it is just acceptable, but to give you, my dear readers, some views that in this part of the world cruelty against animals still exist to become a sport, a past time, and a cultural occurrence. My father, who is now 63, has been phasing out his existing breed of choicest game fowls and stops breeding them again but took on farming for good instead. My brother has acquired his German shepherd dog as a pet and for future breeding purposes.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Today is when I celebrate

Here's a poem I wrote a year ago when I turned thirty-two but three weeks from now I'll be thirty-three, what will be your kind wishes for me?

Today is when I celebrate
The feast of life's forgotten dreams
Or somewhat like remembering
A name it has for what it seems.

For what must like feelings become 
But such that flowers have to grow
Within the garden deep inside
A heart of man at thirty-two.

But such that flowers have to grow
As love to flourish and so sweet
Within the garden deep inside--
Today is when I celebrate.

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