Saturday, February 11, 2006

Another 15 minutes of fame...and epiphanies


Philippine A-list blogger Manolo Quezon had some kind words to say for my long essay on the Filipino caste system. Thanks, sir!

This whole event actually got me to thinking about What's Wrong with the System and what I can do to help fix it. I think I finally have some answers.

Too long to lay out right now, but it involves all the things I like doing: Linux, libraries, literature, and maybe even a little bit of comics and art. Hmmm....

And that reminds me of an oft-quoted poem:
As I walked along the seashore, this young boy greeted me. He was tossing stranded starfish back to the deep blue sea. I said, "Tell me why you bother, why you waste your time this way. There's a million stranded starfish, does it matter anyway?"

And he said, "It matters to this one. It deserves a chance to grow. It matters to this one, I can't save them all I know. But it matters to this one, I'll return it to the sea. It matters to this one, and it matters to me."

I walked into the classroom, The teacher greeted me. She was helping Johnny study, he was struggling I could see. I said, "Tell me why you bother, why waste your time this way. Johnny's only one of millions, does it matter anyway?"

And she said, "It matters to this one, he deserves a chance to grow. It matters to this one, I can't save them all I know. But it matters to this one, I'll help him be what he can be. It matters to this one, and it matters to me."