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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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(Cosplaying may even exibit sensuality)

(Will similar law be passed soon in the Philippines?)

What if female and male entertainers from the Philippines are asked to wear chastity belts to stop the proliferation of prostitution in the country? Being one of the more popular tourist destinations, it has been perceived that the influx of tourists in the Philippines is not only motivated by its beautiful beaches but on its entertainment value. Tourists come to the Philippines not only its beaches and other scenic spots but to be entertained as well. And entertainment may mean so many things including sex. This is exactly what happened to Indonesia when local authorities told their female masseuses to padlock their pants.

To curb incidence of prostitution, a local government in Indonesia’s East Java province ask masseuses to wear a padlock on their pants. While this may be a sound deterrent against prostitution, it did not sit well with State Minister for Women’s Empowerment, Meuthia Hatta, who said that the recently implemented policy in the tourist area was misguided.

A news paper quoted the minister from saying that such policy is an insult to women. “It is not the right way to prevent promiscuity. It insults women as if they are the ones in the wrong.”  A newspaper showed a photograph of a masseuse with a padlock on the waist band of her trousers. A local administrator wants to maintain the image of Batu, 75 km (46 miles) south of Indonesia’s second-biggest city, Surabaya, as a popular tourist destination not on prostitution but “for its cool climate, hot springs and mountain scenery.”

“Last month, Indonesia passed a bill to restrict access to pornographic and violent sites on the Internet, while parliament has yet to pass a controversial pornography bill that aims to shield the young from pornographic material and lewd acts.”  The earlier draft versions contained provisions that penalize “people for kissing in public and criminalize many forms of art or traditional culture that hinge on sensuality.” Such provision, however, sparked criticisms since it may undermine basic freedom and “hurt Indonesia’s tolerant traditions.”

The Indonesian State Minister may have been irked by a photograph of a masseuse with a padlock on the waist band of her trousers. She said the “best way to curb prostitution in massage parlors is to improve security systems including installing CCTV.”

Does similar law hold water in the Philippines? Will people look at this as a curtailment of basic freedom guaranteed by the Constitution despite its positive impact on religion and morality? 


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