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Part V of an “EDEN America” series
Today, I have not received a reply to the e-mail that I sent to the Office of the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City. Perhaps, an answer can come next week. So, for today’s column, I will present “Comic Relief” for readers’ enjoyment this weekend.
The last column generated more than 100 comments (and counting) in just one Facebook Group, the “Fil Am Democrats (FAD).” Some of them probably commented — without even reading the article entirely. Some of my Fellow Democrats called this columnist as “stupid, fool, as_hole, clown, and some other baseless commentaries. One lady member even said that my article was irrelevant as she does not believe in the existence of “god” (lower case).
Curious readers may like to browse my Timeline, as they have to be members first of the FAD, a private Facebook Group. It is now the pinned article in with this heading: “EDUCATIONAL TIP OF THE DAY: This was a dialogue in the Fil Am Democrats’ Facebook Group at this link,
As to my style of replying to insults, I posted this commentary to a budding Filipino American book author. Here it is: @ Peter Cabal Perhaps you may like to explain to Ms. Maria Dee and Jeremiah Carreon that they have to emulate the English and British that use lots of wit, humor, satire, and finesse in replying to insults. Otherwise, their insulting postings and remarks make them butts of jokes. Readers remember more the witty and funny replies than the unfounded accusations.
And here is a dialogue about the non-existence of god (lower case). Grace Bustamante posted: “There is no god.”
I replied: “Yes, you can state your conclusion if you have been to Heaven or the Great Beyond and back to Planet Earth, Grace Bustamante. Otherwise, your guess is as good as my educated guess that there is a God.”
I added: “(Con’t.) @ Grace Bustamante. Once I replied to an elderly lady that also claimed that ‘god (lower case) does not exist.’ Well, I replied to her with respect and class. I said, ‘Manang, I defend your right to be an atheist. But some Fellow Filipinos may call you an “Ateist” (sic). Nope, it does not mean that you “ate” the non-existence of God (upper case); but it is a Filipino term of endearment of “Ate,” which is moniker of respect for an elder sister’.”
Then a FAD member, Jeremiah Carreon, commented that this columnist is a FOOL. I explained to Mr. Careeon a Sorsoganon adage that “it is better to be crazy (or a fool) than be called stupid.” There are now medicines that mitigate craziness, aside from fool’s lucid intervals. But there is still no cure for stupidity. He then made another post: “@ Bobby M. Reyes — you are PRETENDING to be humble, while displaying hubris.”
I replied: @ Jeremiah Carreon Thank you for your opinion. But you are supposed to comment on the ideas expressed in the article. And not go after the character of the writer. You are hitting the messenger instead of criticizing the message. You are like a mahjong player that attacks the nature of the other players instead of dealing with the mahjong “character” tiles. 🙂
” … a Sorsoganon adage that “it is better to be crazy (or a fool) than be called stupid.” There are now medicines that mitigate craziness, aside from fool’s lucid intervals. But there is still no cure for stupidity.”
Then I added: A BETTER ANALOGY. Sometimes a literary critic is like a dentist that has been so unlucky in the mahjong table. Oh, how the dentist wishes he could do the “bunot” (extraction) of the teeth of the other mahjong players. He could not make a “bunot” (extraction) of the winning tile in the mahjong wall. Perhaps, I should address my critics with an honorary title as “Doctor” and give them a degree of DDM (Doctor of Demonizing the Messenger)?
So far, only four members of the FAD (out of more than 1,900 individuals in its membership list) have taken the task of criticizing my character instead of discussing the merits (or demerits) of the proposal to send thousands of prospective seminarians or novices in the abbeys of nuns — in addition to the millions of Filipino nursing students in American schools. And I ended the tirade of my critic named “Maria Dee.” I commented: “Perhaps a song in the film, “Sound of Music,” can be the theme song of this Facebook Group. The song? It’s “Maria,” which has this line as part of its lyrics: “How do you solve a problem like Maria?” I guess that she would have nun, oops, none of the above exercises of humor.
By the way, one of them asked who this writer is and what right does he have to write this article. I simply posted the links to suggestions sent to President Joe Biden. Such as “Biden Back-to-Basics Doctrine,” Vaccine as a Human Right,” the revival of the American Medical Center in the City of Manila in the early 1900s, the idea of a “Wealth Tax,” etcetera. And the more the four critics were incensed.
“Publications have editors to determine whether the manuscripts submitted are fit to be printed or published. So, unless you become a publisher yourself, your only right is to spit at a magazine or book that you have acquired. We, journalists, call that the reader’s “Freedom of Spit (sic).”
I also posted: @ Vi G Rod. It is up to readers like you to decide whether you want to read any posting. On the other hand, people like me went to the School of Journalism because I wanted to write. We are not forcing people to read our work. Publications have editors to determine whether the manuscripts submitted are fit to be printed or published. So, unless you become a publisher yourself, your only right is to spit at a magazine or book that you have acquired. We, journalists, call that the reader’s “Freedom of Spit (sic).” Please have a great weekend reading any of my 4,000 plus articles and Facebook Notes. Shalom.
And I wish to remind my critics that it is a useless ploy to hit me with below-the-belt comments. Why? More often than not, I wear suspenders. I have lost more than 27 pounds that my BMI is now below 24. And reduced my waistline by three inches. I still have to buy new pairs of pants and a new belt that is shorter in length.