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Four Notes on Danganronpa

Category: Games

The Danganronpa franchise has been on my mind for quite a while now. It used to be one of my favorite visual novels of all time, until I found better games to play. Its aesthetic and soundtrack are still worthy of my admiration, I concede, but my appreciation stops there. Everything else—from its story, characterizations, worldbuilding, and to the basic mechanics of how it presents itself—has been... » Continue Reading

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Translations of Some Filipino Activist Songs, Cont.

Category: Music

Papuri sa Sosyalismo / Praise to Socialism padepaonline · Papuri Sa Sosyalismo Hindi tayo titigil hangga’t di nagwawagi Ang ating mithiing magkapantay-pantay Walang magsasamantala, walang mangaapi ‘Yan ang sandigan ng ating pamumuhay We will not stop until we win Our desire for equality No more exploiters, no more oppressors That is the pillar of our way of life Ihahakbang natin ang bagong kaisipa... » Continue Reading

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Translations of Some Filipino Activist Songs

Category: Music

Awit ng Proletaryo / Song of the Proletariat (above video contains earlier translation by Boni) Daang-taong hinubog mo mga lipunan sa mundo Ang kabihasnan ay naitatag sa dugo at pawis mo! Mga palasyo ng hari, ikaw ang nagtayo! Ikaw rin ang humukay ng mga palamuting ginto! For hundreds of years, you've shaped the world's societies Civilization was founded on your blood and sweat! It was your hands ... » Continue Reading

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Fragment on Perspective I: Phenomenology

Category: Religion and Philosophy

Oftentimes, you hear the idiom "thinking outside the box" in a conversation. The circumstances may vary; heck, it may not even be in a conversation where you've encountered it, but a meme or a text (or this very text, perhaps?). You understand what the phrase means, you might say to yourself. It's obvious, after all: it means getting out of how you usually understand a thing or a situation and try... » Continue Reading

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A Poem

Category: Writing and Poetry

Great and heavy are these chains you carry, Of dried remorse and premature intents; Of the footsteps one makes in the ascent. Duration, you realize, must cease its toil. Between the flows, you returned to the below. You recognize that one must let being be. Ends and beginnings coincide in the deed. the frozen white noise static snow that is your memory although i know we'll never meet, you're ever... » Continue Reading

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Thoughts Occasioned by Film [Theses I]

Category: Religion and Philosophy

The following are excerpts from my brief stint as an amateur film critic over at Letterboxd. These show the emergence of a budding, yet unshapely, philosophical rigor. Given the sobering distance of time, I have come to disagree with some of the propositions and presuppositions in them, explicit in enunciation or otherwise. However, I decided to neither overhaul them nor augment their arguments wi... » Continue Reading

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Some Aphorisms

Category: Religion and Philosophy

A confession: I used to like aphorisms. They're short, punchy, and they aim straight to the point. I acquired this taste not from the pen of Nietzsche, but from the writings of the Frühromantik and the Pre-Socratic sages. However, as age has enabled for me to realize, the favor the form of aphorism enjoyed from me is a favor derived from immaturity. The speed and brevity that characterizes our pre... » Continue Reading

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What is Philosophy? (According to Some Philosophers)

Category: Religion and Philosophy

"Philosophy aims at understanding what is unchangeable, eternal, in and for itself: its end is Truth. But history tells us of that which has at one time existed, at another time has vanished, having been expelled by something else. Truth is eternal; it does not fall within the sphere of the transient, and has no history. But if it has a history, and as this history is only the representation of a ... » Continue Reading

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Fragment on Time

Category: Religion and Philosophy

Time is a perennial topic in the history of philosophy, always discussed in one way or another by a significant figure (whether it be Augustine or Walter Benjamin). My task here is to outline a line of inquiry and method for thinking about time. There are as many conceptions of time as there are distinct human cultures; in fact, one can say that every major culture has a concept of time peculiar t... » Continue Reading

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I Feel Sick

Category: Life

I feel sick. I don't think I have much long to live. I regret not putting my thoughts into words earlier than I wanted. » Continue Reading

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On the Language of Blame and Causality

Category: Religion and Philosophy

A certain tendency I've noticed is that, when we are confronted with a problem or a blunder, we first look to who or what caused it. If it's a person, we might spend time and energy castigating them for doing such-and-such, and then tasking them to fix it. This is especially present in situations where a hierarchical structure is dominant (e.g. relationships between employee and employer, student ... » Continue Reading

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Some Questions and Answers

Category: Religion and Philosophy

Question: What is the difference between brainwashing, indoctrination, and education? Answer: There is none. Question: Is "morality" and "ethics" the same thing? Answer: It depends on the aims and objectives relevant to the contexts in which that question could arise (pedagogical, political, epistemological, etc.). Question: If I say "we're in a time of war," how would you answer the question? Ans... » Continue Reading

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