A version of this essay appeared on 2nd Opinion.
I write this while wearing my boyfriend's white Zara shirt. I decided to put the white Topman v-neck in the laundry basket because I felt it looked, well, dated. It also felt less structured than before. After only three years and wearing it less than twenty times, I am already thinking of disposing that piece of clothing, and wondering what to buy next. Uniqlo, perhaps. Maybe H&M.
See what I did there?
"My consistent experience in life is that as long as one commits to integrity and service, there are Divine Forces that help."
So says Gina Lopez, the newly-appointed DENR secretary, in her Rogue article "Gina Lopez on Her Ashram Years and Turning Her Back on a Privileged Life".
To note: this is not a question of Gina Lopez's achievements as an environmentalist. To give credit where it is due, Gina has been playing a pivotal role in Pasig River's rehabilitation. This criticism is not to dismiss her capacity to lead DENR.
That being said, her statement is emblematic of a misguided belief that the universe rewards and punishes accordingly--the so-called Just-World Fallacy.
My mom and I argue over a lot of things. From the small (like the way I enjoy the creative disorder in my place which she sees as a direct assault to the organized laws of the universe) to the big (like my vegetarianism, and my departure from the faith they have raised me in), we tend to clash over matters that oftentimes frustrate the two of us, as we attempt to understand the inner workings of each other's minds.
HELLO, MY NAME IS EVAN TAN.
I'm a writer and communications professional based in Manila, Philippines. Outside of my regular job, I like to travel, work out, volunteer, watch movies and plays, go to art galleries/ fairs and museums, read books, and eat vegetarian food.
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