Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Learning According to Guitton

Around a hundred of neophyte congressmen who will be part of the House of Representatives for the first time will be having an actual experience of what is going on in the session hall on July 8, 2010. It will be an initial learning process for them for they would learn about the protocol in the plenary, the proceedings during session and the behavior expected from a member of the Lower House in the coming 15th congress. Of course boxing champ Manny Pacquiao of Saranggani and TV host Lucy Torres-Gomez are expected to join other greenhorn solons.

In Occidental Mindoro, the only first-time politician who won for a seat in the Provincial Board is Marilou C. Ignacio coming from the province’s second district composed of northern towns of Lubang, Looc, Paluan, Abra de Ilog, Mamburao, Sta. Cruz and Sablayan. Ignacio is the wife of former board member Randy Ignacio now detained at the Mamburao Provincial Jail. Randy and I are friends and we worked as community organizers for a national environmental project years before he entered politics. But that is another story. Mrs. Ignacio do not have any background whatsoever in politics much more in legislation. But I am sure he will be around sooner or later to lend her a helping hand.

And as I write this piece, around thirteen young boys from San Jose, Occidental Mindoro today joined the ABS-CBN’s controversial morning show over Channel 2 called “Showtime”. The group called “Road Boyz” performed a dance number inspired by a ballgame Sepak Takraw or “Sipa”. Road Boyz is headed by certain Rolex Tolentino, Jr. who hailed from Brgy. San Roque. It is their first time to perform outside of their home province and on a national telecast. But the Pandurucan boys did not make it to qualify for the weekly finals. Anyway, my congratulations for our homegrown kids for a nice try and effort. Certainly it was a learning experience.

I was only two years old when the book “A Student’s Guide to Intellectual Work” by Jean Guitton was published where the author expounded on,- among other human endeavors, learning. Poor me for I haven’t read this book when I was in college, when I was young. Anyway, on pages 44 and 45, I came across with these words : “The flair of genius consists in detecting and keeping an eye on particular things that contain a potential universal and which through accumulated analogies can greatly enlarge our knowledge.” There are two ways of learning according to said French author and Catholic philosopher : the one, the way of temptation, sends you scurrying over the surface in endless agitation, and disorients you by making you believe that everything is different from everything else; the other, on the contrary, leads you back to the circle and makes you realize with serene delight what resemblances the varied elements of experience possesses among them.

And ultimately, no matter how we fared or whatever is the result, feel glad to every fruit of our good deeds. The ultimate thing to do is what the God-inspired author of Ecclesiastes taught us : “Wherefore I perceive that there is nothing better, than that a man should rejoice his own works; for that is his portion”…

(Photo of Jean Guitton softlinked from 3.bp.blogspot.com)

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