Some thoughts on Discourse

In FB groups, in the various fora, even in just casual conversations, ideas must reign supreme. Thoughts and convictions must be taken on their own regardless of who the origin is.

A lie is a lie even if such comes from an angel. Truth even ascribed to one unknown, remains.

When ego and personalities get in the mix, exchanges become pissing contests with no winner. Just a lot of stinking bruised pride.

One can be right without being self righteous. Disagreements are as natural as the weather. Hot cold, wet dry.

Synthesis is an exercise each must strive for. No one has the monopoly of what is right, of the truth. Today’s savant can be tomorrow’s fool.

The worst reaction to an idea is for it to be ignored. Each one’s sounding board will always be another’s thought.

dan, mel &jim



About danmeljim

Dan Jimenez was the Editor in Chief of The Corps Magazine from 1976 to 1977. After graduation, he never abandoned his ideas and continued writing. On October 1983, as a young Navy Lieutenant, he wrote an open letter addressed to Salvador Laurel who was then a leader of the opposition against President Marcos. It was published by almost all the dailies and earned for him the commendation of PMAAA, Inc. He immigrated to the US in 1986 but continued to write about the country of his birth. He has defended the Philippine Military Academy against claims of it being a Philippine Monetary Academy and a corrupt institution. Very recently, he posted commendation of Gen Bato de la Rosa and castigation of Senator Sonny Trillanes, which went viral. He continues to believe that "Ideas must reign supreme because personalities and individuals are as fleeting as the seasons." Always a plebe in his thinking, he will live by the adage: "The greatest failure is that never attempted."
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