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Poverty and Population: a critique on Garret Hardin’s Lifeboat Ethics (Part II)

By Peter Elicor
Ateneo de Davao University

The Philippines, on the other hand, is dependent on the world market when it comes to the importation of oil. That’s why we are always at the mercy of the constant change of oil prices which directly affects the economic flow in the country. Yet, one may ask: aside from oil, are there other alternatives to it? Yes. But apparently, any effort to develop a technology that does not depend on oil does not succeed for many reasons. Daniel Dingel, for instance, is a Filipino inventor who has tried to invent a water-powered car (blogs.inquirer.net). But, this again begs the question, why such a brilliant invention did not shocked the world by its seemingly cheap and eco-friendly vehicle? I am of the opinion that natural resources are abundant. The idea that mother earth is deteriorating is only a tool to shape and control public opinion.

Poverty and Population: a critique on Garret Hardin’s Lifeboat Ethics (Part I)

By Peter Elicor
Ateneo de Davao University

Introduction

Poverty is as old as humanity. Generally, it is defined as a state of a person whereby his/her income falls below some minimum level necessary to meet his/her basic needs (BBC.org.uk). On a macro level, a country is basically considered poor when the population which falls under the poverty line outnumbers those who are above it. In a more concrete sense, economic poverty is present when there is hunger, lack of basic needs and commodities, high mortality rate due to the lack of such needs (viz. medical services and food), high rate of unemployment and social unrest.

From Quest to Conquest of Impossible

Dr. Romulo G. Bautista
Social Ethics Society
Executive Director, DEVSTRAT

“Failure is a great teacher”

Many great teachers succeed because they are not afraid to fail greatly. Paradoxically, they fear greatly to fail, but such fear fuels their determination to succeed in their quest of success.

In our quest of success, we should and must distinguish “what is intrinsically impossible” from “what is seemingly impossible”. This paper is about “seemingly Impossible” To make a “square circle” is intrinsically impossible because you make a square which is not a square because it is a circle at the same time, but to reach “the unreachable star” is seemingly impossible because such quest does not involve inherent contradiction. In the latter sense, we can believe in the lyrics of the popular song entitled “Impossible Dream”:

Protest through Social Media

Dr. Romulo G. Bautista, Ph.D.
Social Ethics Society

Social Ethics Society for Social Protest and Social Justice

If you witness a crime against humanity or nature, should you be compelled to take action or simply redirect your attention and pretend nothing is happening? If you do such thing, would you not become an accessory to the crime through your own inaction? Would you not lose your soul a little bit and over time become disempowered and disenfranchised?