Yaw and Mog Dialogues

birefringence-150.jpg “Yaw, guess what? I’ve just figured out why bad things happen to good people.”

“Bad things happen to bad people, too, you know Mog.”

“Oh, that’s understandable and that’s the way it should be. But bad things happening to good people, that’s abnormal. We have innocent men, women and children dying in Iraq, Palestine and Afghanistan. We have many innocent detainees being tortured at Guantanamo. Innocent people being accused of crimes they didn’t commit, like the lady who was falsely accused by airport personnel of having a bomb in her shoes.

“No… there’s something not right with the world, Yaw, and I’m trying to understand why that is. I think I’ve figured it out.”

“Is it karma? Because they were bad in their before-life, they’re taking the punishment for it now?”

“But isn’t that unjust? Here you are in the after-life, trying to be good and you get punished for something you can’t even remember? I don’t think karma is a reasonable explanation for that, Yaw. And what about the good things happening to bad people? How do you explain that? Karma?”

“So what is it then, Mog? Why do bad things happen to good people?”

“I think it has something to do with physics. Opposites attract, therefore positive poles attract the negative. That explains why bad things happen to good people. They somehow ‘attract’ it.”

“And how do you think you can solve the abnormality of that, Mog?”

“Well, there must be a way to reverse the polarity of the neutron flow… like polarising the positive against its direction in order to repel the negative.”

“You’re obviously not a physicist, Dr Mog. You can’t attract two positive or two negative poles. The positive will always attract the negative, and the negative the positive.”

“Well then, what do you think can be done about this unfair situation? How can we stop the bad things happening to good people?”

“I wish I knew, Mog, but I absolutely have no idea…”

“Well, we could resort to the dumb expedient of becoming a bad guy in order to attract the positive. What about that?”

“That is not a solution, Mog.”

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pict-animal.jpeg “Yaw, how do you explain the mysterious phenomena of coincidences? Is there a natural explanation for these events?”

“Some religious philosophers have proposed a supernatural power behind it, Mog. Some scientists explain it in terms of physics or mathematical deductions, as in the concepts of probability. I suppose it all depends on how Man interprets the unexplainable. The world of imagination is limitless, Mog, and Man has created depositories of our ills.”

“Let’s be more specific, Yaw. Let’s say I bought a lottery ticket and won. Was I lucky, which many people often attribute to God, or was it because it was highly probable that I should win?”

“If you lost, Mog, would you blame God? The religious would often go through rituals, like praying, and explain the outcome of an event as a result of these prayers or lack of it.

“As for the probability of you winning, well let’s say 500 people bought tickets. The probability of you winning is one in 500, and all 500 have the same chance. There’s no mystery in that. It’s the same coincidence as 500 people stepping off the pavement at different times of the day, and you happen to be the one when a truck passes by.”

“That’s scary, Yaw…”

“A coincidence can happen to anyone, and there’s nothing special about you. It’s destiny. The unknown is scary for those who find no explanation for it, Mog. In their limited minds, they fight these terrors with whatever they have, and with Man’s capacity for wild imaginations, there are even those who create terror to explain terror.

“Take the Loch Ness monster. You have to think of the time in which these legends were created, Mog. The children of Scotland in the days of old were told that if they didn’t behave, the monster in Ness lake would gobble them up. And just because they found a 1st century carving of a strange animal on a Pictish stone, their wild imagination got the better of them and the monster at Ness lake, told in childhood stories, came into being.”

“I suppose it is the same interpretation for Hell in Christian religion, Yaw. Not knowing where we go when we die, children are taught that if they don’t behave, they will go to hell. I think people, especially parents should not take childhood for granted. Children do not understand or misunderstand all what is taught to them in childhood, and when they grow up, they are brainwashed adults who interpret or misinterpret these terrors.”

“And I don’t think an ant or a worm will wonder where they would go when they die, Mog. Only Man has imagination, and he imagines too much.”

“But Yaw, for what purpose is there to explain the unknown in fearful terms?”

“People and institutions have their agendas, Mog. There is still a lot of the unknown that the world of Science has to fathom. But in the meantime, the opium of the masses is the fallback. Give science time to explain the unknown, and when they do, you will wonder why you had been foolish enough to be scared.”

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trojan-horse.jpeg “Yaw, have you ever felt that everything you do, you somehow do it all wrong? You try to be principled and you get stepped on. You try to please and all the other one does is to criticise. You try to see the good in people and they betray you. Is there something wrong with me? Or is there something wrong with the people around me?”

” You’re just too naive or too good for this world, Mog.”

“What do you think I should do about it, Yaw?”

I really don’t know. Maybe you need to seek the company of a different society. Mix with people your own kind.”

“That won’t be easy. There are some people I just can’t avoid.”

“Well, you could keep your distance, Mog. I don’t mean physical distance, but mental distance.”

“Yes, I suppose I could do that. So don’t be surprised when I shall be unusually quiet, because I will lay back and simply observe the madness around me. Don’t wonder why I shall no longer be nice, because I will retaliate when wronged. I will regard people with a wary and cynical look — from now they will have to prove worthy of my trust.”

“But if all the decent people of the world would do the same, Mog, you will have stooped down to the level of animal — the same class of people you’re up against.”

“No, I don’t agree with you, Yaw. I will keep my integrity, but in order to put animals in their place, you have to speak their language; and the only language animals understand is their own.”

pinochio_by_avid.jpg “Unbelievable!” Mog exclaimed.

“Yes, can you imagine that? The man-servant giving us this long sob story that he took care of his bastard infant son when it was dumped on him by the mother’s family… That they lived in a chicken coop and he earned his living plying a pedalled passenger tricycle, and that he had to leave him with a neighbour to come to Manila to find a better job.”

“Then he asks you for money not only to fetch the son from the province so they can be re-united, but also for gratitude-money for the neighbours. And he disappears with the money!”

“I am naive, Mog. I did want to help those lesser off than I am. He sounded so believable!”

“He had no infant son at all, Yaw! ”

“Fantastic liar, that’s what he was, Mog.”

“And he’s not the only one. Remember at the supermarket when we were looking for  sugar cubes? A clerk there told us that they don’t make it anymore because it was too difficult to shape them into cubes. And all along, the supermarket had never carried the item! What was the purpose of that elaborate lie?”

“I have no idea, Mog… and remember the time you paid the construction manager working on your house for specific services, and she bills you again for the same, telling you that she had spent the money on something else? Did she think you would fork out the money again? Taking you for a fool, that’s what it was.”

“Well, I gave her the benefit of the doubt since those other expenses seemed justified, but when she came a third time to bill me again for the first exact same service, saying she had spent the money for something else again, well I balked.”

“Why did she have to lie about those expenses, when she could have simply billed you differently? Was it because the other expenses were unjustifiable? And how about the time you wanted to borrow her car? You were accused of damaging the shock absorbers in the three days you used it, when all along, the car was to be lent to someone else. Why couldn’t you be told that out-right, instead of being accused of something you didn’t do?

“It’s mind-boggling, Mog… and I have many more stories of strange and outrageous lies and excuses. But I wonder where the Filipinos get their sense of logic, and where they’ve learnt their philosophy of life.”

“Yes, where does it come from, Yaw? Could it be because this nation’s strict Catholic upbringing allows Filipinos no elbow room to commit human mistakes? And so in the all-encompassing climate of covering up faults, they have to lie even for infractions not of their making?”

“It’s possible, Mog. Some people do consider “white lies” as not lies at all, and so think that they can get away with anything because of the colour of the lie.”

“It’s a twisted way of thinking, Yaw, and I will never be able to fathom it.”

“Neither will I.”

mike_luckovich.gif “You know Mog, the United States has forever changed the common man’s idea of democracy. While America tout themselves to be the epitome of democratic ideals, they are blatantly disregarding international laws and conventions, invading sovereign nations and torturing innocent people at locations outside their borders.

“The common man will say to himself: If this is the Western definition of democracy, we want no part of it. For example, the Khmer Rouge wanted to purge Cambodia of western culture, systematically killing millions of students and intellectuals. More recently, America is again the catalyst for the systematic kidnappings and murders of Iraq’s academics.

“And in the Philippines, elemental nationalists have got their way by having tagalog as the medium of instruction in schools, in defiance of America’s colonial influence on the nation. The language barrier will severely limit prospects for new graduates, confining them to a country with not much to offer by way of meaningful employment.

“America is despised for its hostile foreign policy. Where will all this lead to?”

“I think this will lead to peoples of those countries, victims of America’s biased definition of democracy, to retaliate, Yaw, and go against anything which they deem “western,” as the Khmer Rouge and the Filipinos have done. But in retaliating, they will only take a step backwards, not forward.

“It’s a Catch-22 situation, Yaw. Let’s say these people “embrace” America’s definition of democracy and western culture. Taking example of the American leader, they in turn will invade sovereign nations, disregard international laws and participate in the arms race. While others like North Korea are arming themselves against America’s threats of war.”

“If only the United States would respect the sovereignty of nations, Mog, and if only the United States would keep their capitalistic ventures within the confines of what is fair and equitable for both sides of the corporate and the local population, what a peaceful world this would be.”

“I’m afraid that’s too late, Yaw.”

General Ivashov: “International terrorism does not exist”: … he explains that the September 11 attacks were the result of a set-up. What we are seeing is a manipulation by the big powers; this terrorism would not exist without them. He affirms that, instead of faking a “world war on terror”, the best way to reduce that kind of attacks is through respect for international law and peaceful cooperation among countries and their citizens.

It is globalization what creates the conditions for the emergence of these extremely dangerous phenomena. It is in this context that the new world geo-strategic map is being designed, that the resources of the planet are being re-distributed, that borders are disappearing, that international law is being torn into pieces, that cultural identities are being erased, that spiritual life becomes impoverished…

The analysis of the essence of the globalization process, the military and political doctrines of the United States and other countries, shows that terrorism contributes to a world dominance and the submissiveness of states to a global oligarchy. This means that terrorism is not something independent of world politics but simply an instrument, a means to install a unipolar world with a sole world headquarters, a pretext to erase national borders and to establish the rule of a new world elite. It is precisely this elite that constitutes the key element of world terrorism, its ideologist and its “godfather”. The main target of the world elite is the historical, cultural, traditional and natural reality; the existing system of relations among states; the world national and state order of human civilization and national identity.

Today’s international terrorism is a phenomenon that combines the use of terror by state and non-state political structures as a means to attain their political objectives through people’s intimidation, psychological and social destabilization, the elimination of resistance inside power organizations and the creation of appropriate conditions for the manipulation of the countries’ policies and the behavior of people.

monkey-bis.jpg “You know, Mog, I don’t think the Americans will ever change the way they think about themselves and what they perceive the world to be. They are arrogant and self-righteous. They are condescending, looking down on the rest of the world — a world they are so ignorant of. And in their ignorance, they have made mistakes, many of which will be impossible to rectify.

“But America will not regret having the wrong people in government. The majority of the electorate voted them into office because they were considered representative of what America stands for.”

“I agree with you, Yaw. Take for example the GOP Senator George Allen and his macaca remark. An obvious bigot, he is a possible candidate for the Republican nomination for President in 2008.

“And did you read about what his sister wrote about him in her book, The Scrimmage of a Football Coach’s Daughter? He is a bully, a trait so characteristic of America.”

“No, America will never change, Mog. Einstein once said, that you cannot solve a problem with the same mind that created it. Americans will continue to vote for the wrong people in government. Americans will continue to make serious foreign policy mistakes. America will continue to impose their unreasonable way of thinking on the world because they will never see things differently.”

us_humiliates_humans2.jpg “You know, Mog, nobody likes to be reminded of what’s happening in Iraq. Like ostriches, we bury our heads and wait for the powers that be to fix things up. But let’s talk about those two American hostages and like most hostages there, how they were killed.”

“It was vicious, Yaw. Religion is definitely not a code of ethics.”

“But that’s not the issue, Mog. The invasion of Iraq was not of a religious nature. You are confused and as a result of propaganda, you turn against Muslims and Islam.

”It’s like two people, one short the other fat, fighting over a piece of meat. But the fight deteriorates to name-calling. You dumb Shortie! you say. And the other says: You ugly Fathead! But what you should really be doing is questioning something else.

“The real issue here, Mog, is Western forces and their national interests. And the problems in many other countries involve precisely this–the exploitation of natural resources by the West of other nations’ resources to the detriment of that nation’s economy. It is no wonder that the protest banner common to all exploited countries is: Americans Go Home!

“No, Muslims are not vicious, Mog. What do you call what Americans have done to the civilian population in Iraq? Can America see the beam in their eye when they describe Muslims?

“And whatever happens to strike the World just now–be it the old coveting of natural resources, or independence sought by an unhappy group of people, or inter-racial hatred within the community of a nation, it is War that is vicious…”

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