Beatrice Valen Peñaflor
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On Democracy: Surpassing Borderlines

Posted on January 3, 2019 at 7:20am 0 Comments

  • On Democracy: Surpassing Borderlines



I never had the chance to live in a non-democratic society. Back in the 2010's election, my eight year old self would be found singing along to the rhythm of candidatorial advertisement jingles. If somebody would ask me about my government preference way back, I would have questioned why our country has a Democratic type of government. Why not a monarchial one? With princesses, big gowns, and horses. I was very…

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Beams and Fulcrums

Posted on December 30, 2017 at 11:58am 0 Comments

Seesaws are meant to be played by either rising up or dropping down. There’s no fun in just balancing at the middle. Same goes with how life works. Having an equivalent state to other people in terms of wealth is therefore a step away from impossible. Yes, we are seen by the Deity as equals but that doesn’t mean that He’ll give everyone similar blessings. With that set-up, most individuals still gets…

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