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Divorce- It’s not fun in the Philippines

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“What God has joined together, no human being must separate them.”

Divorce is the ending of a valid marriage between a man and a woman returning both parties to single status with the ability to remarry while annulment cancels a marriage between a man and a woman. Annulling a marriage is as though it is completely erased – legally, it declares that the marriage never technically existed and was never valid, which we have here in the Philippines.

The issue of divorce has been a very long issue and many people are supporting it because it costs way too low than annulment. In my opinion, divorce should not be legalized here in the Philippines because it’s like marriage nowadays is being taken for granted, being a child play. When you’re tired playing with it, you throw it away and find a new one. One point that many people agrees about divorce is its shorter due process.

Do you marry a person just to live them? Can you take the pain of seeing your family being destroyed? How about your children? Just like I said a while ago, marriage is not a thing that you can be taken for granted. It’s as if divorce will only be a thing that’s normal to a person. We should definitely stop this.

Biotechnology- Leading towards the future

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Almost everything around us is a product of science, most especially biotechnology. Biotechnology refers to the use of living organisms or their products to modify human health and the human environment.

The use of biotech has led to the advancement of different fields. In the field of medicine, the use of stem cells helped in the reduction of cell rejection in the body. This includes the use of a person’s umbilical cord to produce an organ which is needed by the person. Vaccines are also products of biotechnology, they weaken the strains of the pathogen and when injected into the body it makes the body immune to the diseases caused by the pathogen. In the field of agriculture, biotech can increase the yield of crops and at the same time make it resistant to some pests and weeds. Food can also be genetically modified which results to different types and variations of food. Biotechnology can make evolution faster by combining DNAs of two species that are not meant to be together by nature, thus making a new type of species.

I’m supporting biotechnology for it can solve many problems we encounter these days like diseases that can’t be cured and food scarcity. Understanding the nature of diseases and the creation of genetically modified foods to feed the ever growing world population. These are only some of the advantages of biotech and I believe that it can lead us to a better future.

Curse

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Sakai was in an elevator with a strange girl with an eye patch covering her left eye and was holding a doll, it was already past midnight.

Sakai: What’re you doing here?

Mei: I’m going to visit my poor other half.

The elevator went down to the lowest floor where the morgue is found

Mei then went off the elevator and headed towards the dark hallway

Sakai: What’s your name?

Mei: Mei, Mei Misaki

The next day, it was the start of classes for Sakai in Misaki High. He was a transfer student from Tokyo.

Sakai finds that there’s something weird in his class, Class- C.

Karl: Feel free to ask any of us. By the way, I’m Karl, the president of this class.

Yukari: I’m Yukari, this class’s secretary. If you need some tour around, feel free to approach me.

Inaba: I’m Inaba, class representative. If you want to know something, don’t hesitate to ask me.

Sakai: Thank you very much.

Sakai looks at Mei

It was already dismissal when Sakai noticed that Mei is on the rooftop. Sakai then rushed up.

Sakai: A nice view in here.

Mei: Yes

Sakai: What’re you drawing?

Mei: An angel

Sakai: Why are you doing it here?

Mei: I hate being asked. It’s better if you stay away from me.

Sakai: Why?

Mei walks away

Sakai was new in town and he noticed a doll shop. He decided to go in.

Merchant: Feel free to look around, I have no other customers.

A doll caught the attention of Sakai

Sakai: This doll looks exactly like Mei.

Mei: What brings you here? Are you fond of dolls too?

Sakai: Wh-Who’s that?

Mei walks towards Sakai

Sakai: M-Mei? What’re you doing here?

Mei: Dolls are somewhat creepy but I like these kinds of stuff. How about you?

Sakai: I don’t dislike them. Were you the model for this doll?

Mei: Yes, half of it.

Sakai: Who’s the other half?

Merchant: It’s already closing time.

In Misaki High next day

Mei: You should really avoid being with me.

Sakai: Why?

Mei: Because I don’t exist. And maybe you’re the only one who can see me.

Sakai: Wh-What did you just say?

Yukari rushes out of the room with a pointy umbrella in her right hand and she was scared when she saw Mei. She then rushed to the other side of the hallway and she fell down the stairs with her umbrella but suddenly it opened up and pierced through her throat.

A teacher got a phone call that said that Yukari’s mother died too.

Mei: It has already started.

Sakai: What? What is it that already started?

Mei: There will be a person that will die every month that’s connected to our class. It can be a student, a family member or maybe a friend.

Sakai: I-I don’t get it. What’s with this useless curse?

The following day, Inaba’s sister also died when an elevator in a hospital snapped then eventually fell.

Sakai then decided to go to the doll shop again and hopes that Mei is there.

Mei: It’s nice to see you here.

Sakai: You too. You live here, right?

Mei: Yes, What brings you here today?

Sakai: I’m just here to look at the dolls.

Mei: You’ll not ask me some questions?

Sakai: You said that you hate to be asked.

Mei: I can make some exceptions for this day.

Sakai: What’s happening in our class? They’re not talking to me anymore.

Mei: So now you also don’t exist. Okay, I’ll start from the beginning. 10 years ago, there was a student named Rin Misaki. He was liked by all students and teachers because he excelled in sports and studies. But one day, he died in a plane crash and all were depressed. Until a student said that he’s alive and pointed to his desk. See? He’s there, he’s alive. Everyone believed in him and claimed that Rin is alive. The principal even allotted a seat for him during their graduation day. A year after that, there will be a person that will die every month that’s connected to our class. It can be a student, a family member or maybe a friend. The dead will come back and will slip into the class and the class will be short with one desk. The students devised a countermeasure to stop this phenomenon from happening by making a student non-existent to make room for the dead person.

Sakai: So, will two nonexistent persons make the countermeasure stronger?

Mei: Who knows? But it’s worth the sacrifice if it can stop this stupid curse. Do you want to see what’s under this patch?
Sakai was kind of nervous when Misaki started removing her patch
Mei: It’s a doll’s eye.
Sakai: It’s beautiful. Why are you hiding it?
Mei: It can see things that should not be seen so I hide it often.

The following day in Misaki High, Sakai and Mei saw a letter posted on the wall of their old school building. It said that “Bring the dead back to the dead.”

Sakai: I wonder what that means.

Mei: The dead person should be killed if we want to end this curse.

Sakai: H-how can we kill a classmate?

Sakai and Mei went back to their classroom and acted normally.

Sakai: Do you know who the dead person is?

Mei: I don’t know, I’m always wearing this patch so I can’t tell. They said that a dead person doesn’t know that he’s already dead.

Karl walked in front of the class

Karl: Tonight, we’ll have a camping near the old school building to commemorate our school’s humble beginnings.

Everyone agreed with the camping

Later that night, near the old school building

Sakai: You said that you’re the model of the doll in the doll shop. Who was the other half?

Mei: My twin sister, Misaki. She died before the start of classes.

Sakai: So she was the one whom you delivered a doll that day.

Mei: Yes, I promised to give it to her but that stupid curse killed her.

Sakai and Mei heard a loud noise. They then noticed that there was a large commotion going on.

Karl had stabbed another student with a knife

Karl: The dead shall be returned back to the dead. I will kill the dead person!

Everyone ran away from Karl but after that, the students started killing each other hoping that they might kill the dead person.

Sakai: I’ll protect you whatever happens.

Mei: The dead person is Karl. I can see the color of death in him.

Sakai stabbed Karl from the back

Days after that incident, only Sakai and Mei remembers Karl. Their normal lives continued and they ceased to exist once again.

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It’s true that life can be sometimes unjust, malevolent and a source of sadness. Well, everyone experiences those times that they thought that the world had forsaken them. That everyone around them doesn’t care about them. Being pessimistic can’t be of help in times of hardships. How can you act properly if you only think about bad outcomes? No matter how small a possibility may be, it’s still an opportunity. Who know what might happen? These problems thrown at us don’t mean to destroy our lives, it’s meant to shape up our lives. A problem free life isn’t worth living at all. It will just be a boring life without challenges. Life is a gamble and the outcomes of your actions may be unlikable sometimes. Just always remember that problems are there to make you a better and a stronger person.

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A negative perception causes us to look at life as a source of sadness, to think of the world as unjust, to view others as malevolent. This way of thinking builds upon itself, becoming harmful, bringing misery to the thinker.

If negative perception is the cause of such misery, then in order to help others, we should try to displace their negative perception with a positive one. We cannot control life and remove the challenges that others face, we can only try to influence the way they interpret their challenges.

So life will happen: illness, injury, disablement, separation, death. But what is not necessary, is disappointment or despair. By altering perceptions, from negative to positive, misery disappears.

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“If life’s unfair to everyone doesn’t that make life fair?” It’s just normal for life to throw you some problems. It’s up to you if you’ll be destroyed by it or you’ll destroy it.
Life is like a circle, sometimes you’re on the top but sometimes you’re on the bottom. Life isn’t all about prince and princesses, it also contains witches and nightmares.

Self-pity will not bring you to somewhere. You’ll just stay there, the same, a loser. Why would you make things bitter if you can make them better? Why making yourself sad if you can be happy? You have to fight to make yourself something.

You have to change what you think about yourself. If you think that you’re worthless, no, you’re not. A mistake will not destroy your personality, thus it will even build it up. Continue moving on with life. Forget all the bad things and start moving forward.

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Sometimes I also feel that I’m worthless, that I don’t have any use. It’s as if everything will be better if I didn’t exist. Staring at a blank space, thinking if there had been a moment where I appreciated my existence here. Days passed but I still can find the answer. Until I talked to my friends and said to them that I’m worthless and should be better dead. But they all said things that I’ve never heard of about me. That I’m a good friend and they thanked me for all the things I’ve done for them. That was an unforgettable day, it’s as if that that was the first time someone appreciated my existence.

Everyone has a worth and purpose that they need to seek. On the way on searching for these things, they will face their flaws that might make them lose their confidence. As everyone has his own flaws, he has also his own strengths and those strengths should be used to mark memories in people’s hearts, recognizing your worth.

Operation: Get In My Belly

I have learned a very valuable lesson today. When someone degrades and belittles me it’s not me that is worthless, unimportant, and doesn’t deserve to be loved. Their words are reflecting how they really feel about themselves which is really quite sad and I pray that one day they will be able to take a good hard look at themself and learn to fix their own soul instead of lashing out because it’s broken. It’s a very hard process and sometimes quite scary to look within and admit your broken. It took me most of my life to take that advice and look at myself, I had to hit my bottom before I finally realized it wasn’t everyone else that was the problem.  My marriage was on its last leg about 5 years ago and I had hit a wall and instead of trying to figure out how to get around this wall I just kept running…

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