- The Singular vs The Plural -- In many ways, I think the current debate revolves around this ancient philosophical idea. You can call it the objective vs the subjective, the one vs the many, but it remains a constant point of contention throughout history (and philosophy has never arrived at a final answer, always skittering between the two). I leave it up to readers to decide which best describes their belief and which opinion they think represents what side.
- Paradigms -- I think everyone's perceptions, myself included, is limited by their present paradigms. Paradigms, after all, are how we view the world. You can call it our bias, our limitation, our generation, but we're all reading and analyzing and interpreting other people's opinions from a particular paradigm. People might read something that's not explicitly stated, miss something that's included in the blog post, or move to a different tangent. In my opinion, paradigms both hinder us from viewing another person's perspective, but also allows us to present an entirely different (and perhaps unique) opinion.
- Taking a Stand -- Everyone must take a stand and perhaps the best-written ones are those that take a definite stance, even if they sound too arrogant or biased. If we skitter around too much, we dilute our message and the argument might come off as weak. And as far as criticism goes, we must be thick-skinned and be willing to hear out what the other side has to say without being personally offended. Of course #3 would not be possible without #1 and #2.
Monday, September 24, 2007
Just a Comment on the Present Discussion (and Not What is Being Discussed)
It seems the current thread on what is and what should be Filipino Speculative Fiction has taken a life of its own and more people are voicing out their opinions. Here's some observations I'd like to make (don't worry, I've had my fill of the subject matter and won't add to any of it for now):