So nung nakaraang Miyerkules, September 22, nagkaroon na naman ng bible study sa office. Umattend ako, linunok ko yung mga sinabi ko sa una kong post entitled Isang Huwebes, Bible Study, Chicken McDo (at apple pie, pang dessert lang). Mas nakakahiya naman kung tatanggi ako – baka isipan pa ako ng masama. Inisip ko na lang din na immersion ito sa kultura sa opisina - isang maka-agham na obserbasyon.
Di katulad ng nakaraan, mas nagiging ayos na ‘ko sa sistema. Natutuwa na ako kasi hindi na ako nakarinig ng mga salita ni pastor na masakit sa tenga. Hindi na sya nanglaglag ng ibang religion at hindi na sya nagbilang kung sino ang kumain ng free-lunch. Yun nga lang, may iba akong napansin, recycled yung lesson. Kung ano yung na-preach nung last time, yun parin ang module, nagpalit lang ng gospel song. Ayos lang yun para sakin.
Isa pa, nangaling daw si pastor sa ibang bansa, sa Liverpool, um-attend ng isang leadership seminar/convention, ewan, hindi ako sigurado. Nagkwento sya tungkol dun. Sa mga ganitong kwentuhan, di ko maiwasang maisip yung teacher/adviser ko nung 3rd year high school sa laco na values teacher din. Mahilig din kasi syang magkwento tungkol sa mga travels nya sa vatican at roma. Habang nasa bible study nga, parang subconsciously, iniisip ko na all of a sudden, magsasabi si pastor na, “Go to your ‘community’.” Community – unique term ni sir para sa groupings. O kaya magpapa-exam na 5 questions worth 50 points all in all. Yes, the experience was nostalgic.
Isa pa, masarap ang Chinese style roast chicken, at pansit na may pulang itlog ng pugo. Yun lang.
Of Sympathy, Empathy, Apathy, Strangers and the Estranged
All have as root the Greek word = pathos or feeling prefix syn- = with prefix em- = in prefix a- = without
Sympathy = with feeling for someone/something Empathy = sharing someone’s feelings/situation by imagining what it would be like to be in the same situation. Apathy = lacking concern. [source]
I needed to consult all-knowing Google, so that I can be sure that I understand the concepts correctly. And pardon if I might have used the vernacular, from this point forward. I discern that I would be able to express the opinion more effectively in that manner. With that out of the way, allow me to move on the purpose of writing this article.
Just recently, I have noticed that people in the internet are more accommodating – more responsive to the concerns of complete strangers. People who you knew, only through the net, and the most interaction you had was exchange of some messages. For instance, in plurk or even here in tumblr, whenever someone you’re following posted some expression of discomfort, loneliness, agitation – general unpleasant feeling, you are to react immediately by saying kind words, in the likes of “Okay lang yan!”, “It would be okay soon, you’ll see”, “get well soon”, etc…
Wala namang masama dun… [There’s nothing wrong that.] What bothers me though is this: When it comes to childhood friends who have seen you wipe off your snot with your arm; elementary friends who you have shared a big chunk of your formative years; friends you have shared your secrets in high school; classmates you have cheated in an exam with; people you personally knew but haven’t spoken to in a very long time, you tend to ignore – read over their posts of the same tone.
That’s what’s bothering me, we respond to people we totally don’t know, and at the same time ignore those people we knew somehow. Tell me, why is that so?
Vaginal lock is an unconfirmed (even mythical) condition in which a woman’s vaginal muscles clamp around the penis during intercourse, so firmly, it causes the male to be ‘locked’ inside her.
This condition has never been medically confirmed and there are no recorded cases on record.
First of all- the vaginal opening and walls of the vagina are lubricated, allowing for smooth, easy passage.
Second- The muscles of the vagina are not that strong, we are talking about a few muscles on the walls lining delicate tissue, Not Arnold Schwarzenegger on steroids.
Third- although cases have been reported where a woman’s muscles tighten and prevent the male from penetrating (Vaginismus is an involuntary spasm of the muscles surrounding the vaginal wall) No cases have been reported of the muscles spasming while the man is inside her, and additionally ‘locking him in.’