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Index of Happiness

“Gusto ko Happy Kayo (I want you to be happy)” – Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile.

It has been said that life is a combination of joys and sorrows. Life is a game, and it is up to us how to play and win. But every person deserves some kind of joy and happiness in his journey to this life. But what makes a person happy?

To be happy one should know what does it mean to by happy and the sources of human joy of happiness. The index of happiness vary from “people to people and from culture to culture.” What is treated as happiness to some may be rejected by others.

There are several school of thoughts which try to define happiness.

1. “Spiritualistic School of Thought”, which recited, that real happiness consists essentially in spiritual mode of life.
2. “Materialistic School of Thought” upholds that real happiness lies simply in the conduct of materialism.

3.“Rationalistic School of Thought” stresses that only reason/wisdom and logic can attain happiness.

4. “Islamic School of Thought” states that the three types of life: the spiritual, the material and the rational are together essential elements of real happiness life. Divine Reality and the basic concept of the Oneness and Perfect Attributes of God gives real happiness and blessings.

But what is “real happiness?” For many religious believers they say it is a state of perfection attainable only in the life hereafter. Unfortunately happiness in this context happiness is not in our world. Religion tells us that real happiness happens only when people will receive eternal reward for their good deeds on Earth.

Likewise religious teachings, doctrines and philosophies “shield people from painful realities, such as human immortality, the lack of ultimate justice, and the ravages of an indifferent natural world.” Of course there are studies which support that religious believers are happier than non-believers around the world. It is because they experience a “sense of social support, as well as sense of purpose and hope for the future.” Take it from them, if you negate the egos of the heart, you will experience relative peace and happiness. That is if you agree with the religious people that happiness is not confined only to materialistic things but to the blessings and submission to the Lord Almighty God.

But at the passage of time religion and materialism now combine to induce one’s happiness now and hereafter. So Chalmers introduces three things that will make a person truly happy in this world: 1) someone to love, 2) something to do, and 3) something to hope for.

In the practical side of life, the poor believes that it’s economic prosperity that could bring happiness in this life. But this is not guarantee however for one to be ultimately happy because at the arrival of enormous wealth his life will be stressed on how to keep and make his wealth grows. Senator Manny Villar who raised from rags to riches is now haunted by the C-5 controversies. Wealth can be a source of happiness, it can also be a source of pains, sorrows and humiliations.

Yes the concepts of happiness have changed in our modern time. Happiness is not something that happens; not even a result of good fortune, and something that money can buy. It does not depend on outside events but how we interpret them ourselves. “Happiness, in fact, is a condition that must be prepared for, cultivated, and defended privately by each person. People who learn to control inner experience will be able to determine the quality of their lives.”

Ang kaligayan daw ay nasa isip lang. Papano naman kung kumakalam ang iyong sikmura? Para sa akin ang kaligayahan ay isang bagay ng hinahangad, minsan iyong makakamtam. At kung minsan naman ay mabibigo ka. Ang kaligayahan sa isang banda ay ang patuloy mong pakikibaka sa buhay at pananagumpay. Ang tunay na kaligayahan ay bunga ng ating dugo at pawis, paghihirap, at pagpupunyagi. Wala sa kamay ng mga pulitiko at pamahalaan. Instrumento lang sila at bahagi ng pagpupunyaging iyan.

Ang umaayaw daw ay hindi nagwawagi, ang nagwawagi ay laging maligaya.

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Is Obama distorting the Bible?

By SARA KUGLER, Associated Press Writer

LOS ANGELES – Barack Obama said Tuesday that evangelical leader James Dobsonwas “making stuff up” when he accused the presumed Democratic presidential nominee of distorting the Bible.

Dobson used his Focus on the Family radio program to highlight excerpts of a speech Obama gave in June 2006 to the liberal Christian group Call to Renewal.

Speaking to reporters on his campaign plane before landing in Los Angeles, Obama said the speech made the argument that people of faith, like himself, “try to translate some of our concerns in a universal language so that we can have an open and vigorous debate rather than having religion divide us.”

Obama added, “I think you’ll see that he was just making stuff up, maybe for his own purposes.”

In his program, Dobson focused on examples Obama cited in asking which Biblical passages should guide public policy. For instance, Obama said Leviticus suggests slavery is OK and eating shellfish is an abomination. Obama also cited Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, “a passage that is so radical that it’s doubtful that our own Defense Department would survive its application.”

“Folks haven’t been reading their Bibles,” Obama said in the speech.

“I think he’s deliberately distorting the traditional understanding of the Bible to fit his own worldview, his own confused theology,” Dobson said.

Asked about Dobson’s assessment, Obama said “somebody would be pretty hard-pressed to make that argument” that he was distorting the Bible.

Obama supporters also responded to Dobson.

The Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell, a Methodist pastor from Texas and longtime supporter ofPresident Bush who has endorsed Obama, said Tuesday he belongs to a group of religious leaders who, working independently of Obama’s campaign, launched a Web site to counter Dobson at http://www.jamesdobsondoesntspeakforme.com. The site highlights statements from Obama and Dobson and asks visitors to compare them.

Caldwell said he has great respect for Dobson’s advocacy for families, but said the criticism of Obama was “a bit over the top” and “crossed the line.”

“There has been a call for a higher level of politics and politicking,” Caldwell said. “So to attack at this level is inappropriate and I think unacceptable and we at least want to hold everybody accountable.”

Tom Minnery, a senior vice president at Focus on the Family, responded: “Without question, Dr. Dobson is speaking for millions of evangelicals because his understanding of the Bible is thoroughly evangelical.”

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He Saves to Die

Everyday we hear amazing stories of people unmindful of their death because of their attempt to save others. A great number of them are popular figures, men and women in world’s history, and the rests are ordinary people in the streets.

The most amazing story of human sacrifice is the crucifixion of Christ. He died to save mankind from sin. He died that man may live an eternal life; all because of God’s love to mankind.

Many faithful followers of God also died for their faith and the light of the truth they stand for. National heroes for every country died to gain freedom and save people from their oppressors.

Even ordinary people die to save others, and example set by Christ. And so with this ordinary man from the Philippines, he died saving someone not personally related to him.

Here is the story:

Man who saved kids from electrocution dies a hero

A man who saved his young neighbor from being electrocuted died in a General Santos City hospital recently. His death, however, was not in vain because the child he rescued from certain death has considered him a hero for the feat.

“He’s a hero to me, to us,” said France Quiapo, 8.

The child said he is grateful to Abelardo Bombita, Jr. who was rushed to hospital and was placed in critical condition after the incident.

Quiapo said he and friend Jesmark Barrete, 11, were playing Tuesday morning when he tried to get his slipper that his playmate threw on the roof.

He climbed on the roof but it was too late when he realized that there was electrical current running on it, Quiapo said.

The shock caused the child to fall unconscious.

Barrete tried to follow Quiapo but collapsed as well.

Neighbors said Bombita tried to save Quiapo but he too, was electrocuted.

After 29 hours in the Intensive Care Unit, Bombita died.

Bombita’s father, Abelardo, said the family is not holding Quiapo responsible for the death.

“It was an accident,” he said.

From a report of Chat Ansagay, ABS-CBN General Santos

We Only Live Once

People don’t have nine lives but still act heroically when the need arises. Many wonder as to the source of their heroism; is it because of their faith in God, their patriotism, their selflessness and humanitarian spirit, their philosophy in life, and abundance of love in their heart. Or are there people who are born to be heroes?

But some practical observers think the other way around. Situation and incidents make people heroes. People plunge themselves to danger because of human instinct to survive. Saving others may also mean saving themselves on that particular danger. Is it?

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