I was talking with an old batchmate of mine when the topic inevitably drifted to the matter of social action. And so it comes with the jadedness of two guys bullshitting: him taking up law, me taking up the challenge of establishing myself as a “theorist” by the time I graduate. In our heyday as young men in undergrad, we both shared the mantra of “down with the system.” With someone like an Antonio Trillanes IV representing that same idea… well, it doesn’t sound so cool or so right anymore.
I’m the first to admit that my social consciousness was made and formed in the streets by virtue of a placard or a streamer. Yup, I was an activist. I still am, although of a different sort. I now make qualified distinctions between “militant,” “progressive,” “Leftist,” and so on and so forth. The reason being is that having grown up with the general movement of the Marxist idea of improving society through struggles of many different sorts, walking the walk is different from talking the talk, and walking the talk is different from talking the walk. Walking while talking is different from talking while walking. It’s the way things are: it took me the better part of five years to figure that out.
“Critical thinking” is more of a catchphrase to me than an actual practice: there is a difference in thinking critically and thinking in the end of criticizing. “We denounce” is the kind of warcry you would see in a political statement, blowing everything out of proportion that every problem that there is in the country – or the world – can be pinpointed when you find someone to blame. I’ve gotten a lot of flak for that over the years: where I have the power to write online, I do not blame. You really have to look deep inside yourself to see if you are in the right plane to point fingers at anybody without your arm tiring. Are you pointing up, or are you pointing down?
All too often, the problems of this country aren’t supposed to be laid upon the finger of blame. Judgment is reserved for those who can judge: those who themselves contribute to the decay of society in any way are bad judges of character.
Jadedness… maybe it’s having to look from things at the other side of the fence for once.
Ah… bowling. It lends itself way to double-entendre: holding a ball, rolling it out of the palm of your hand, hitting pins at the end of the lane. You grunt and groan when the ball hits either canal, and whoop when your ball hits the rack dead-on.
Olympian Lanes have been around ever since I was a kid: back in the day, it was still pretty much a wholesome family-friendly bowling alley that had a candy store in the entrance. Back then, we gorge ourselves on cotton candy and big swirly lollipops, and leave balls sticky with damp sugar when we loft the balls around in the lanes our parents play in.
The candy store has given way to a stall that sells warm beer, but it’s still pretty much the same alley that me and the family went to when I was a kid: same balls, same pins, and it still employs pinboys.
In all honesty, I can’t bowl good: today, I bowled two 75-point games in duckpin. During Christmas, I tag along with my uncle and my cousins to play ten-pin at the AMF Puyat lanes at Baguio Center Mall. While I would pose a legitimate challenge in ten-pin, I suck at duckpin. Maybe it’s a psychosomatic Freudian impulse of having two big boulders than three small grapefruits. Is hitting the heckling pinboys a strike, a spare, a break, or a bad sprain?
It’s an interesting story, for those who are interested. A couple of months ago, I entered the Wika 2007 Blog Writing Contest and won myself a one-year free webhosting service for winning the Participants’ Choice Award. I don’t really know why, but I won it anyway.
Today, 5 December 2007, I was about to access my BlogDrive page and poof, the BlogDrive domain expired. I figured that The Marocharim Experiment was doomed, but I kind of forgot: I have my own web domain. Who says my online writing days are over just because the blog-hosting domain I was loyal to for the past three years temporarily expired? Besides, to echo Shari Cruz of Misteryosa.com, the very idea of me having my own webpage is a really good idea.
So today, I’m delivering on that really good idea. It will take a while before I really learn how to use WordPress, but for now, my loyal readers will have to settle for a free theme I sourced from WordPress (because I can’t seem to access my FTP). Somebody out there please help me out.
Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to Marocharim.com.