Open yun (Opin­ion)

Sun.Star Baguio - - Opinion -

Acol­league asked why I write sto­ries from time to time, in­stead of the usual Opin­ion and FYI ar­ti­cles. Bill Bullard, a re­spected tech­ni­cal writer, “opined” that; “Opin­ion is the low­est form of hu­man knowl­edge. It re­quires no ac­count­abil­ity, and no un­der­stand­ing. The high­est form of knowl­edge… is em­pa­thy, for it re­quires us to sus­pend our egos and live in an­other’s world. It re­quires pro­found pur­pose larger than the self kind of un­der­stand­ing.” I guess I must re­spect his opin­ion about ‘opin­ion’.

I do write short fic­tion (es­pe­cially fast fic­tion) and non-fic­tion, for the same rea­son that vis­ual artists sketch peo­ple in parks and train sta­tions. I want to tell sto­ries (or make sto­ries) about a mo­ment, a me­mory, a scene even – “What is this guy think­ing? Why is he tear­ful af­ter the call? Is he re­lated to the OFW I met dur­ing my last tour? Does he have a fam­ily?”…etcetera. For the hu­man­i­ties ad­vo­cates, said habit is as es­sen­tial as breath­ing. I guess, those things make their lives more mean­ing­ful (even if some of­ten la­bel them as crazy crack heads).

Af­ter a year and a half of writ­ing a col­umn for Sun­star.Baguio, I am start­ing to run out of juice, or that so called “in­spi­ra­tion”; I’ve al­ready writ­ten much about tourism, travel, so­ci­ety, pol­i­tics, cul­ture, arts…of life and death, and any­thing un­der the sun. I am tempted to start writ­ing about my gui­tar, my paint­brush, my old lap­top, my sleep­ing habit. (Writ­ing the ar­ti­cle an hour be­fore the dead­line does not help). Still, just when I’m about to yield, there is al­ways that nudg­ing feel­ing that my opin­ion should at least mat­ter and should con­tribute to com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment, or the progress of our so­ci­ety. Af­ter all, not ev­ery­one is blessed with this most re­spected plat­form (and the real colum­nists had

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