Thursday, January 21, 2010

Hot And Cold

.:Disenchanted Kingdom, Featuring Elbert Or And Jonas Diego!:.

Elbert and Jonas really caught the attention of a lot of people today when they guested on this morning’s edition of the Disenchanted Kingdom. The episode itself went really well, considering how we had a lot of political comedy and a whole bunch of quips about Jason Ivler among other topics, as well as a tease of another on-air tiff when we talked about insomnia.

I recently made a new friend, Mich Co, and she was listening this morning. Considering how she put a silly grin on my face and caused me to stay up late last night just getting to know her, I guess it was really good to know that I chose my time wisely and really met an awesome person who tuned in to the show.

Having said that, Jonas and Elbert were their usual humorous selves, and we were having a fun time talking about comics and how they both got their start. It was really good to see them in their element and talking about how well they did in the line of work that they chose for themselves, and the fact that the references to the fringe benefits of being a comic book artist really got highlighted was just an awesome part of the show. I think they interacted very well with the whole usual gang of idiots thanks to the comedy and offbeat commentary.

Ultimately, it was a great show and a fun guesting with Elbert and Jonas. Here’s hoping that the listeners who consider comic books really get inspired to pursue their dreams.

.:Blood Is Truly Thicker Than Water:.

Truly, fewer things are more unconditional in this world than a mother’s love. Despite Jason Ivler’s rather heinous crimes, his mother, Marlene Aguilar, still stands by him all the way.

It doesn’t matter if he’s innocent or guilty. Marlene will pull out all the stops just to make sure that he is saved from a harsh life in jail. I mean, considering what kind of a pretty boy he is, you can be sure he’s not going to like the life waiting for him in jail once he gets there. Or he might. There’s that wee possibility, after all. Not to mention that there must be a million “Anak” lyric jokes about Ivler by now, but I digress.

I don’t begrudge Mrs. Aguilar’s behaviour. Ultimately, a mother would do what she can to protect her son, and no matter what Jason Ivler may have done, Marlene Aguilar will still be his mom. I don’t have to like it or agree with it, but I certainly understand where she’s coming from. She may or may not believe in her son’s innocence, but she will do whatever it takes to keep her out of harm’s way. That’s how genuine a mother’s love can be, and you have to respect that aspect of it.

It’s a tragedy how such a promising young man has come to this. We could try to analyze his values and his upbringing all we want, but in the end, he will have to face the music for his actions. He has already killed two people because of his actions, and he certainly needs help.

Seeing all this, I guess I can’t help but feel disturbed that in contrast , another mother, driven by poverty, drowns her kids. At first glance, this seemed like a heartless thing to do. I mean, by no means am I glorifying Mrs. Aguilar, but compared to this mom, Marlene seemed like a saint.

Then again, when you think about it, as twisted as the logic is, she killed her kids to spare them the misery of poverty. She didn’t do it because she despised her kids, but because she, in her limited capacity to think in the heat of the moment, felt it was best for them to not live this life anymore because she couldn’t give them the kind of life she believes they deserved. That’s still love. And it’s hard to comprehend and to imagine, but I could see that going through her head as she tried to put her children out of their misery.

It’s rather sobering to think that our country has gotten to such a point where it would seem almost excusable, almost understandable to kill your own children just to spare them from the harsh realities of life. I think about this sad development, and I can’t help but ask myself why this has happened. Apparently, we have reached that point.

And yet we still want to elect plunderers, brazen liars, lapdogs, pompous jackasses, and swindlers? Do we need to actually appreciate the merits of mercy killing just to get by in this country? I’d lead a battlecry to wake up the nation, but unfortunately, I know this post will fall on deaf ears and heard hearts.

Truly, a mother’s love knows no bounds. One could only wish a Filipino’s love for her own country could be more of the same.

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