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RICH VS. POOR
1/29/2015 11:00:52 PM

Chuck,


Thank you for sharing your insight on these two articles. It is indeed food for thought. I believe however that there is a fourth side to your "triangle of life" - LUCK.

May God grant us the grace to accept the things that we cannot change; the will to change those that we can; and the wisdom to know the difference.


LENNIE '79



On Tue, Jan 27, 2015 at 3:52 AM, Carlos Garcia carlosgarciaesq@gmail.com [rhosigny] wrote:



Dear Brod GB and all,


It's 2:24 a.m. and the snow blizzard is raging and I had just finished reading both articles, both excellent and must reads, thank to you. If all of us in this old world would only read, digest and resolve to follow these meaningful guidelines, I bet my bottom dollar that this world would be a much better place to live in. Unfortunately, all men are not created equal. Therefore, there will always be the rich and the poor, the industrious and the lazy, the ambitious and those who are just plain content with what is handed to them without exerting any effort, and the contrast can go on ad infinitum.


Life is not fair but what can we do to make it fair? As passé as it may be, evil persists when the those of goodwill and intention just watch and do nothing. I read and believed a long time ago that we are all products of our "triangle" of life - heredity, training and environment. Heredity is the genes we get from our parents which is outside of our control. Training is what parents teach and practice at home in the family unit. Environment is who we associate with when we step out of the family unit, such as the friends we hang out with, playmates, schoolmates, workmates including fraternities and sororities. No matter what a person does, if the genes he inherits is inherently not adequate, there is very little hope that his life would be a good productive one. Only with the help of society will this person survive. Therefore, this person has very chance in life from the inception. His/her only hope lies in a society which has a conscience. Although poor societies may have the goodwill and the willingness to help, without the resources to implement those good intentions, there little to none that they can do. This is the very reason why in this adopted country of ours, there will always be the welfare system and to date, it is still working out. What happens when the resources are exhausted as when the ability to help is no longer there? Revolution by the poor (and by the lazy ones). This cycle has been going on for centuries in this world. This is the very reason why rich countries try to help the poor ones - self preservation. Should society therefore continue shouldering its burden? How long can society go on doing this when the resources are depleted to nil? With the breakdown of the family unit, as in this country, the second and the third sides of the triangle (of life) has little chance to develop and therefore society will crumble, chaos prevails until force from the strong, willing and able (hopefully with noble intentions) come and restore order. Then life goes on until then.


This are just my random thoughts that came to me after reading the two articles. All I can say is - for those who have been blessed with a successful triangle, count your blessings! And for those without - May the good God help you and us.


Chuck Garcia '59, G.A. '63

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On Jan 25, 2015, at 7:01 PM, Edmund Oviedo Tangco gbtangco@hotmail.com [rhosigny] wrote:










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Subject: Fwd: A Good Read





WHAT IS RIGHT AND WHAT IS POPULAR



A group of children were playing near two railway tracks,


one still in use while the other disused. Only one child


played on the disused track, the rest on the operational


track.



The train is coming, and you are just beside the track


interchange. You can make the train change its course


to the disused track and save most of the kids.





However, that would also mean the lone child playing


by the disused track would be sacrificed. Would you rather let the train go its way?



Let us take a pause to think what kind of decision we could make........



Most people might choose to divert the course of the


train, and sacrifice only one child. To save most of the children at the

expense of only one child is a rational decision most people would make,

morally and emotionally.



But, have you ever thought that the child choosing to


play on the disused track had in fact made the right


decision to play at a safe place?



Nevertheless, he had to be sacrificed because of his

ignorant friends who chose to play where the danger was.






This kind of dilemma happens around us everyday.


In the office, community, in p



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