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How a 12 year old Thinks About Politics

August 04, 2005 By: Bing Category: Uncategorized

While I choose to be apolitical, I cannot rid myself of the reality that I am a part of it. Because how an ordinary citizen thinks and acts in relation to politics matters in the constitution of political policies instituted by the government, just like how politicians work hand in hand with economists and organizations outside the government.

I believe that individuals are motivated to talk, or to speak, to rant and/or write, to act aggressively to pursue a political belief and to organize with a shared interest or purpose because of a need. The need to understand sources and consequences of political stability and revolution, of repression and liberty, of equality and inequality, of war and peace, of democracy and dictatorship (© 1993-2003 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved) is therefore a motivation. But it also suggests that the world of politics is complex.
With that in mind, I was not encouraged to write about the current political issues though sometimes I would discuss it with Papsie and some friends. I also discuss it with my kids. But still I do not have the courage to write because I was practically intimidated with the ideas of individuals like Jove, Punzi, Angelo and Major Tom, to mention a few. I had this thinking that I would end up an imbecile airing my views about it, or a protagonist of this or that side. It was really an uneasy thought.
Then one day before the SONA, Daryl told me that he would want to have his own blog site. I told him to go on and he replied that he would write something about politics. I shrugged off what I heard and thought of checking it later.
People, you have to check this out – Politics, From My Point of View – written by Daryl. I felt ashamed that I could not write what I believe in. And here is my son, airing, ranting, and speaking his mind out with the courage of a child. After reading that piece, though I know it is not as perfect as it should be, I felt a sense of delight of how I am molding my kids into responsible individuals. Daryl may not be as active as Kay in school activities but he has a mind of his own, has mature opinions compared to some grown-ups, and has that guts to stick to what he believes in.
Maybe Nico was right saying my kids are my jewels.
(Please leave a note in his My Mind As It Is blog when you visit. I know he would appreciate it very much and would encourage him to write more. Thank you very much.)

39 Comments to “How a 12 year old Thinks About Politics”


  1. hi ka uro,

    salamat sa pagpapaunlak ha at pag-iwan mo ng message sa blog niya. actually, i saw him visiting his blog the other day and i know that he wanted to see what other people think of what he wrote!

    sabi nga ni Rhada, fresh na fresh ka pa, a!

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  2. kaka-impress. he has a very mature mind and really aware of what’s happening around. swerte mo talaga bing.

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  3. thanks angelo – for visiting and appreciating what Daryl had written, and for visiting his blog, too. it would inspire him to know that there are those who appreciate what he had written.

    though i have my own political views, i rather not talk about them still. i don’t feel so confident. and besides, i have this thinking that there has to be sensible motion than arguing about about everything. the people in the middle should be heard, too.

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  4. hi ka uro,

    salamat sa pagpapaunlak ha at pag-iwan mo ng message sa blog niya. actually, i saw him visiting his blog the other day and i know that he wanted to see what other people think of what he wrote!

    sabi nga ni Rhada, fresh na fresh ka pa, a!

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  5. Hi Bing! Don’t worry. In the end, we are all imbeciles airing our views, and we end up to be protagonists of this or that side, or at least the side that is our very own.

    Great blog, that of Daryl’s. I appreciate his perspectives on politics–it would’ve been the way I’d written about stuff myself.

    Angelo
    http://jangelo.i.ph

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  6. thanks angelo – for visiting and appreciating what Daryl had written, and for visiting his blog, too. it would inspire him to know that there are those who appreciate what he had written.

    though i have my own political views, i rather not talk about them still. i don’t feel so confident. and besides, i have this thinking that there has to be sensible motion than arguing about about everything. the people in the middle should be heard, too.

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  7. thanks so much, renee and aurora!

    i hope it would inspire him to write more, knowing people appreciate what he had written. there was a big smile kagabi while he was answering ka uro and angelo’s replies.

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  8. Bing, you and Papsie are to be congratulated for raising such talented and intelligent children. Kudos to you both!

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  9. Nico,

    di rin kaya ng powers ko to write about politics, e. though i have my own opinion and ideas ’bout it, i dont feel confident.

    he didnt actually tell me what he’s about to write. my kids have this trait kasi that when they write, ‘wag mong papanoorin o titingnan, na nakuha din naman sa akin. he he

    salamat sa comment. ‘appreciate it!

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  10. your son is a writer.

    and to be so politically aware at a young age is a good start…

    hats off!

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  11. thanks so much, renee and aurora!

    i hope it would inspire him to write more, knowing people appreciate what he had written. there was a big smile kagabi while he was answering ka uro and angelo’s replies.

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  12. Bing, magaling ang anak mo. Di ko yata kayang magsulat about politics. Bilib ako sa kanya at sa nanay na sya namang mentor.

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  13. Nico,

    di rin kaya ng powers ko to write about politics, e. though i have my own opinion and ideas ’bout it, i dont feel confident.

    he didnt actually tell me what he’s about to write. my kids have this trait kasi that when they write, ‘wag mong papanoorin o titingnan, na nakuha din naman sa akin. he he

    salamat sa comment. ‘appreciate it!

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  14. TECHGUY (hinde guapo pero medyo bastos) says:

    magandang sinyales iyan, bata pa sila including your son e politically matured na sila and can take the challenge of political dynasties….

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  15. hi, atong! long see no time, a! baligtad ata ang nasabi ko he he

    mustamos?

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  16. magandang sinyales iyan, bata pa sila including your son e politically matured na sila and can take the challenge of political dynasties….

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  17. hi, atong! long see no time, a! baligtad ata ang nasabi ko he he

    mustamos?

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  18. very impressive how your son writes! panalo!:) if more kids think like him, then the country has hope!:)

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  19. i agree, baby pink. the first question that amazed me was when he was 10 – “Ma, how would VAT help?” i tried to explain to the best that i could. he is really aware of what is happening.

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  20. hello ms pretty balikbayan,

    salamat…! (with a smile pa yan, ha!)

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  21. punzi, exact definition for DJ and coming from you, ang ganda ng feeling! DJ appreciates it very much – the thought that his work could be appreciated.

    i didnt mean it that way, punzi. more siguro like insecure sa mga political notions ninyo.

    thanks for visiting again. miss na kita dito, a!

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  22. kaya naman pala magaling sumulat at nagmana sa iyo hehehe

    it runs in the blood pala!

    kudos for raising well a son like Daryl :)

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  23. He’s, as my father likes to say, an old soul trapped in a child’s body…

    He’s very good.

    And I refuse to be characterized as “intimidating!” Nakita mo ang mga pictures namin sa iBlog Mini… hindi naman kami papansinin ng mga kinauukulan…

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  24. hi, lizbeth! naengganyo siguro sa akin. he always see me posting and he reads the comments.

    i dont read the newspaper anymore nor listen to the radio. so, i dont have first hand info – just bits from all around me. i dont have what it takes to have an opinion that would change anything in our political system. but i do believe that we still have hope. perhaps with kids like Daryl, who at the early age has that conviction, this country can rise from the quagmire.

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  25. i agree, baby pink. the first question that amazed me was when he was 10 – “Ma, how would VAT help?” i tried to explain to the best that i could. he is really aware of what is happening.

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  26. hello ms pretty balikbayan,

    salamat…! (with a smile pa yan, ha!)

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  27. punzi, exact definition for DJ and coming from you, ang ganda ng feeling! DJ appreciates it very much – the thought that his work could be appreciated.

    i didnt mean it that way, punzi. more siguro like insecure sa mga political notions ninyo.

    thanks for visiting again. miss na kita dito, a!

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  28. thanks ruffles… you are part of it. the hope of the land is through the youth, as always.

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  29. hello Bing, iba na pala ang porma ng blog mo… pati mga anak mo nagjoin na rin ng blog wagon (at may “K” s’ya ha!)… ako.. naku sa family ko at friends ko, ako lang ang nagbloblog.

    Anyway, just wanted to know why you worry about being an imbecile for airing a view? You write because you love it people will have different perception on your writing but what is important is always the joy you get from it… if people gets something from reading that’s great if not well they have different taste lang… at sa totoo lang di ka naman dapat magworry eh dahil okay ka naman magsulat… o sige take care.

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  30. hi, lizbeth! naengganyo siguro sa akin. he always see me posting and he reads the comments.

    i dont read the newspaper anymore nor listen to the radio. so, i dont have first hand info – just bits from all around me. i dont have what it takes to have an opinion that would change anything in our political system. but i do believe that we still have hope. perhaps with kids like Daryl, who at the early age has that conviction, this country can rise from the quagmire.

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  31. posts like that fills me with delight and optimism, making me feel that there is still hope for this ailing country of ours.

    maganda ang kinabukasan ng ating bansa sa tulong ng mga batang dalisay ang pag-iisip at ang landas ay nakalatag tungo sa katotohanan at integridad.

    kudos bing! =)

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  32. thanks ruffles… you are part of it. the hope of the land is through the youth, as always.

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  33. he refuses to be called a genius. i really dont know, he just loves to read that’s why he can write. i believe that’s the reason behind. when he was in first year, he got 99% in their theme writing in English, titled Literature of Literature.

    i am blessed that they love reading and they can express.

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  34. Hi bing, if I am not mistaken then Daryl must be a genius of some sort. Sa totoo lang parang nakakamangha. I just wish that my kids (whose now 5,4,3 and 1 of ages) can grow up like him and have that kind of advanced psychomotor mental progression. I remember that when I was 12 years old, I could not possibly have been able to write as good as your son now. Siguro, iba na talaga and magaling.

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  35. he refuses to be called a genius. i really dont know, he just loves to read that’s why he can write. i believe that’s the reason behind. when he was in first year, he got 99% in their theme writing in English, titled Literature of Literature.

    i am blessed that they love reading and they can express.

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  36. I wish I couldve honed my writing skills when I was younger. I was also a wide reader, often spending time in Booksale, buying 2 peso books. I also envy your son for having the courage and heart to write about politics, etc. Even now that I am much older, I still cant find myself writing about those things. Kudos to your son. :-)

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  37. hi, mel, never expected it that he will write about politics. he has some ideas really. being a wide helps a lot, i agree.

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  38. hi, mel, never expected it that he will write about politics. he has some ideas really. being a wide helps a lot, i agree.

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  39. politics… waw… bigatin :D hehehe
    can’t believe talaga at first… too bad comments are only for blogspot members

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