On Humanity


Clarity

As another year approaches, peo­ple over the World wel­comes the new start; a “reset” that appar­ently is present in our lives much like a video game. At the stroke of mid­night Jan­u­ary 1st, all the the things we have done in the past year, flash­back. These things cover acts of which we try to jus­tify as “doing things right”, but not nec­es­sar­ily “doing the right thing.” Those moments range from: what we ate; exclu­sive places we are at; pride for the home team and dis­gust for our rival’s; vent­ing out peo­ple we don’t like or irked us; or debat­ing pol­i­tics (’nuff said); etc. But one com­mon thing rings through, it isn’t about where we were; what exquis­ite meal we have con­sumed; what color-label we are get­ting wasted on; etc.—its who we are shar­ing those moments with.

So as the clock ticks to one of the most sought after events of the year, I wish you clar­ity. Clar­ity in choos­ing to do the right things; to grow stronger & wiser; to flour­ish with truth in your heart; and to share this con­ta­gious pos­i­tive energy with those that you hold dear close, as well as will meet through­out this journey.

The Takeaway from Platform Talks: jeffstaple

I was for­tu­nate enough to attend the first-ever “Plat­form Talks” with jeffstaple1 here in Manila. For those that couldn’t attend, here’s a quick­strike of high­lights through­out this “ordi­nary” Tues­day, Octo­ber 30th afternoon…

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  1. Founder and Cre­ative Direc­tor of Sta­ple Design and Reed Space. []

Inspiration — Eddie Huang of Baohaus

Eddie Huang of Bao­haus NYC, in his talk dur­ing Big Omaha 2012 (May 11) pre­sented by Microsoft BizS­park. Pretty funny, and inspir­ing stuff.

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Huang is a writer, chef, entre­pre­neur and TV per­son­al­ity based in New York City. He is best known as the chef and owner of Bao­Haus, which has received crit­i­cal acclaim and cov­er­age from The New York Times, The New York Post, CNN, NBC, CBS, The Vil­lage Voice, Town & Coun­try, XXL, The Source, Com­plex, Entre­pre­neur, The Wall Street Jour­nal and many other out­lets. Eddie earned a flaw­less “$25 and Under” review from The New York Times, “Best Bun 2010″ from New York, “Best Fries” from Time­Out New York 2010 and Top 10 Eats The Vil­lage Voice.

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We’re Just Human

I see this “Anti-Discrimination Bill” being talked about ear­lier in the news here in the PI, I say cool. At the same time, ques­tion: “It’s 2012? Is this just another act of pol­i­tick­ing? Etc.”

I won­dered why this isn’t already inclu­sive; as part of the PI’s Bill of Rights (Arti­cle 3)? A quick research of the Philippine’s Con­sti­tu­tion (been a while since I’ve seen this as you may know), ain’t these enough com­mon sense to abide by?

  • Arti­cle 3, Sec­tion 1
  • Arti­cle 3, Sec­tion 5
  • Pre­am­ble, “under the rule of law and a regime of truth, jus­tice, free­dom, love, equal­ity, and peace…”

You would also think for a pop­u­la­tion that is dom­i­nantly Chris­t­ian (90%+), a reli­gion that holds “Love” as the great­est com­mand­ment (all reli­gions and belief sys­tems do), wouldn’t this be instilled from the start of one’s upbring­ing and social inter­ac­tions. But I guess, that’s just part of the struggle.

We live to be our best self one day at a time. We’re just human.