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March 7, 2011


Erle Frayne D. Argonza

Happy Women’s Day to all the women of the planet!

Rulership over the past historic epochs in our planet has been markedly a one-sided thing: an overstress on the Masculine principle as underlying precept. In all the major sectors of society thereof, governance, inclusive of management principles, were largely dominated by the masculine principle. Let me share some notes about the matter.

This analyst has been an avid supporter of feminist movements for some decades now, and so I write about women & gender today as a re-dedication to that flame of support for women advocacies. Albeit, my paradigm on gender is largely founded on Eastern principles, more so from those writ by spiritual masters, and so I re-echo the ‘bringing the feminine back in’ from such a paradigm.

I find the western paradigms of gender as intoxicatingly dualistic and/or polarized, which is in stark contrast to those from the East. The Western Mind views gender as one of constant clash between the sexes, where one gender eventually ends up as dominant and victorious. The Eastern Mind, founded largely on universal spirituality and high-level synthesis, regards the Masculine and Feminine as two aspects of an indivisible reality, being emanations from the Universal Mind or Prime Cause (God Almighty).

After studying the social sciences for so long a time now (I’m among the sociologists and political economists in the Philippines), I’d verily say that I have become nauseated with western precepts of all sorts. Western thought had reached a dead end, and western theories of gender are circuitous discourses of intellectualism bereft of recondite elements of spirituality. I have honestly grown tired of Western shallowness in the philosophical plane, and I challenge those steeped in Western thought to catch up and solve theoretical gaps.

For cogitation, the Feminine Principle has been locked up for so long in the dungeons of the collective psyche. As a result, governance precepts—in all societal sectors—have been one-sided and bent on the authoritarian or Theory X. Coteries of intellectuals, largely gay homosexuals, have built ramparts of discourses across the eons to defend the very one-sided governance, never mind if such governance would be tyrannical, corrupt, war-mongering, and anti-human.

‘Bringing the Feminine back in’ is the most daunting and urgent agenda of the day. A balanced representation of both the Feminine and Masculine in governance would likewise generate balanced governance. Imbalanced governance redounds to tyranny and decay in the long run, while balanced governance would bring forth a flowering of the Creative Principle in the organizational setting.

Take a 2nd look today at the largely Masculine-dominated states of Arab sheikdoms, emirates, and kingdoms. See for yourself the result of epochs of imbalanced Masculine-dominated governance. Such imbalanced governance is being rejected en toto by the Arab youths, and the detractors are in a hurry to search for a way out of the governance dilemmas they face.

‘Bringing the Feminine back in’ the Arab societies will quickly produce the balance so sorely lacking for as far as historical records can cull. The return of the Feminine there will most likely result to a Theory Y cum Theory Z type of democracy: participative, de-centered, respectful of civil society, and necessarily liberating the women gender’s potentials in both public and private spheres.

Democracy, Justice, Liberty are all signified by Female figures, call them goddesses or deities if you wish. They represent the highest virtues, and the values emanating from them will be guidepost precepts of the future. We all better accept that the time has come for recognition of the full import of the goddess principles now rising to the fore, or else face the violent upheavals resulting from a cathartic overthrow of Jurassic governance dispensations.

Those gay homosexual technocrats-politicians-financiers of Luciferan New World Order who are hiding in the shadows, desirous of installing tyrannical regimes in the USA & Europe and obsessing for a World War III, who likewise dominate foreign policy initiatives in the West, better shut up and take stock of the emerging world order. The Jurassic anti-Feminine advocates are being swept off rulership posts and institutions, and will be mere archival materials in the short run.

A blessed, Happy Women’s Day again to all ladies and to Planet Earth!

[Philippines, 07 March 2011]


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January 10, 2011

Erle Frayne D. Argonza

Women are making themselves felt more and more in the field of state governance these days. It surely pays to reflect on the increasing ascent of women in this field of endeavor.

In my own country PH, women have since expanded their presence in the top management of state and business bureaucracies. Latest count by the commission on women puts the number at 40% of total exec seats held by women, which renders PH among the exemplars of women empowerment in Asia and the world.

Our immediate past president, Gloria Arroyo, showed her own executive acumen as the Philippines graduated to middle income status from that of a poor 3rd world country during her incumbency. In 1986, our first lady president Corazon Aquino became the iconic symbol of democracy domestically and worldwide. Both lady leaders joined the select coterie of globally influential lady execs for their exemplary feats.

The most recent additions to the lady chief execs are Australia’s Premier Julia Gillard and Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff. I’ve already expressed my kudos to the noblesse ladies, and I wish that they will propel their respective countries towards greater growth and magnanimity in the global community.

The latest gender report shows the following list of lady chief execs (see AFP, 2011):

Australia: Prime Minister Julia Gillard

Argentine: President Cristina Kirchner

Bangladesh: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed

Brazil: President Dilma Rousseff

Costa Rica: President Laura Chinchilla

Croatia: Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor

Finland: President Tarja Halonen

Germany: Chancellor Angela Merkel

Iceland: Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir

India: President Pratibha Patil

Ireland: President Mary McAleese

Kyrgyztan: Interim President Roza Otunbayeva

Liberia: President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Lithuania: President Dalia Grybauskaite

Slovakia: Prime Minister Iveta Radicova

Switzerland: Confederal President Doris Leuthard

Trinidad & Tobago: Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar

Goodwill and best wishes to all the women chief execs! Mabuhay!


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June 19, 2008

Erle Frayne  Argonza

Visionary genius, patriot, martyr for Philippine independence, Gat Jose Rizal was a man too far ahead of his own time. So titanic was the luck that came upon this blessed archipelago, the Philippine islands, for the embodiment among its humble people of this encyclopedic mind, Dr. Jose Rizal. He is impeccably a ‘man for all seasons’. And he is the national hero of the Philippine nation.

Most nations declare among their top patriots a warrior or military leader as their ‘national hero’. But for the Philippines, ours’ is a genius, an intellectual giant, a mind capable of engaging in issues so recondite and subjects so diverse that, in so short a span, he was able to pen an enormous variegation of topics that befit, in their totality, an encyclopedia. At the age of 35, he was terminated by the demonic imperial forces of Spain, but he never died in vain. On the contrary, his death continued to inspire libertarian patriots here and in other Asian lands, an inspiration that continues for our youth till these days.

Mystically gifted, little did people know that he was actually transformed into a spiritual guru before his death. His guruship was unique, in that he mentored his fellows on the wisdom of nationhood and patriotism. One of his avowed readers if not disciples, Mohandas Gandhi of India, followed in his steps and became, upon his transformation into a spiritual master, a mentor of nationhood and patriotism just like Rizal.

So mighty a mind Rizal possessed, without doubt, that till these days his works overshadow the combined works of his own fellow patriots, including those who’ve gained double doctorate degrees and published widely in academic circles. Rizal’s following is solid, he need not further articulate nor gesticulate thoughts in the vogue of a desperate social marketing campaign, for even long after his death, youthful and scholarly minds read him, try to follow his ethical precepts, and emulate his exemplary patriotic behavior.

He was the first Filipino. Before his time, the term Filipino was bestowed only on those Spaniards born and raised in the Philipines. The Malayan natives were pejoratively called Indios; Chinese, Sangleys; Aetas and IPs, negritos and montanosas; and Muslims, Moros. With scathing indictment of arrogant racism of  Spaniards most especially the friars, Rizal declared, with his mighty pen, that from this day on everybody born and raised in the islands will be called Filipino. That was how we islanders were to be bestowed with the name Filipino, a term that will stick till way into the distant future when a ‘Filipino race’ will evolve from out of a mere nationality today.

In his thoughts he pre-empted the political philosophy of Antonio Gramsci, the eminent Marxist leader of the Italian Left. Rizal mentored his fellow patriots that it will prove unwise to wage an insurrectionary campaign and seize political power, at a time when the ideas of nationhood haven’t permeated the private sphere yet. The most fitting strategy for that long-term goal—of building nationhood—is education. Build the new world’s ideas first till they become hegemonic, after which winning a revolution will be more facile as it was in the French revolution. That’s Rizal, and that’s Gramsci as well, but Rizal preceded Gramsci, let the world be made aware of this fact.

In gender relations, Rizal was no less ahead of his time. He scorned the ‘Old World woman complex’ so deeply that he chose to bury this woman in catacombs of history, which he did by killing Maria Clara, the Old World’s embodiment, in his novels. He advanced the idea of Modern Woman in the figures of the ‘women of Malolos’, even as he championed women who were civic-minded, actively engaged as co-partner in shaping the modern world, intellectually adroit and well-schooled. The Filipino nation he likened to the figure of Sisa in his novels, a nurturing mother who no matter under dire duress will never self-destruct but will stand out firm, tall and well-esteemed by fellows.

Amid Rizal’s liberalism, he never had any fondness for anarchism. Following Zola’s novel-writing tradition (e.g. Germinal), Rizal embodied the anarchist in the young bourgeois creole Ibarra who, at the end of his novel scripts, self-destructed. Anarchism can never be a substitute for prudent authority that should follow the Enlightenment principles of reason, progress, fraternity, and scientific verity. He was a true-blue liberal nationalist, never an anarchist.

We Filipino nationalists will continue to be inspired by Gat Jose Rizal. And his thoughts, the most treasured jewels of Asia during his time, will continue to inspire us, diadems that we magnanimously share to all enthused Fellows of the Planet, thoughts that mentor and serve as balm on the soul, like unto those writ by the most sagely personages. For these are the thoughts of a man no less sagely than the wisest of the days of old, thoughts that long after they are gone will continue to make waves into the minds of men and women of many generations yet to come.

Hail Gat Jose Rizal! Glory, genius, grandeur!

[12 June 2008, Quezon City, MetroManila]