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He said he was bullied most of his life, he never felt liked in school, his parents always had “loud angry, drunken arguments”, and he was full of anger. Guess whose descriptions these are from! These are the words of a 14-year old South Carolina mass shooter who was unable to handle his father’s questioning on spending and homework. He shot his father, drove the latter’s truck to a nearby school, and fired at children on the playground. The teen-ager was full of anger. One day, a triggering event made him snap. His father reportedly owned guns. Are we still surprised that he ended up becoming violent?

WHOSE cause are we supporting each time we use the Internet? A former colleague did not want to create an e-mail account. Back in 1998, he already had a belief that the devil would use the internet. (I saw him on Facebook years ago. I don’t know what happened!)

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“Gulong ng palad, kung minsan ay nasa ibabaw… kung minsan ay nasa ilalim….” Danish Caroline Wozniacki is now World no. 1 in tennis. Her rankings in previous years were different. There can only be one explanation: hard work and determination. Previous losses did not dampen her spirits. She just focused on playing.

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IMAGINE the stark difference between wealthy, pampered, free and extremely comfortable people who chose to end their lives and the miserable conditions of holocaust prisoners who struggled to find hope – and survived. Holocaust prisoners who had some meaning in their lives were more likely to survive, according to world-renowned Austrian psychiatrist and psychotherapist Viktor Frankl, a holocaust survivor himself.

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You may say there is nothing wrong with it, as long as the people who avail of such service have the means. I would understand the need for reconstructive surgery in case of accidents – and I acknowledge that there are people who think they need to resort to plastic surgery or a series of surgeries just to feel good about themselves.The good news is this: it is possible to feel good about yourself and to achieve the courage and confidence you need without surgery.

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WAS it Benjamin Franklin who once shared that he paid too much for a whistle when he was a child? Perhaps many of us also paid too much “for a whistle” – at least once in our lives – unless we are too proud to admit it. There is one among us who had spent too much for a dress that easily went out of style. Another had spent a big amount for a bag that was hardly used or fitness equipment that was seldom touched. Who among us had invested a considerable amount in a business that never prospered or towards the achievement of a dream that proves to be elusive until now?

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