Post for Sep 13-19 2015

TaN: It does not matter how significant or important something (non-consumable) is, if it cannot be shared — eventually, depending on the nature of the content or material — it is useless and worthless.  If it cannot benefit the common good, it is rubbish.  If it cannot be used for the good of all or at least most, it is a waste, to be discarded, ignored, relegated to the dustbin of oblivion.

In this finite world (or universe), everything must be shared, for no matter how much of a finite thing there is, there will come a point when it will be exhausted and depleted.

It is only in sharing that a finite thing becomes “infinite”.  And it is only in sharing freely that a finite thing becomes good.  To restrict or limit the beneficiaries due to greed or whatever reason is to make it worthless.  Therefore, patents and intellectual properties and all restrictive and monopolistic mechanisms and concepts only benefit a few and discriminates against those who cannot or do not satisfy the requirements set forth — which is usually having enough money to make a purchase.

Sharing is the future and the only way people will live (and not just survive or exist) a better life.  It has been written or said that, It is only in giving that we receive (and this is sharing).

TaN: Trust comes with (i.e., simultaneously and integrally) love, just as respect.  One cannot say one loves unless one trusts (also).  It is one of the main reasons why many marriages end up in either separation or chronic (and often exacerbating) conflict — others are, but not limited to, boredom (often due to impatience or misunderstanding of what marriage is all about) and (emotional) immaturity.

Spouses who have trust issues — i.e., having suspicions their spouse is not faithful, has been lying, is keeping secrets, or have emotional trust issues borne of past abuses (as children or teens or others) — must deal with them promptly and honestly otherwise it/they will eventually destroy the marriage.  And people with trust issues will likewise eventually damage and break friendships and other relationships.

Trust, just like other behavioral characteristics, reflect on the character of a person.  A person who do not trust others cannot be trusted and does not expect others to trust him/her.

Finally, like many good virtues, trust must be given and never expected to be reciprocated for to do so would make it insincere and devalue its worth.

TaN: As a better alternative to the traffic volume reduction scheme currently being implemented in Metro Manila, it would have a greater impact if the policy of “No Garage, No Car” (“garage” means dedicated parking spot in a private place) is instead strictly and fairly enforced.  No matter how much money the (prospective) buyer has, if s/he cannot show a garage that is DEDICATED, there should not be any sale.  As it is, too many people own too many cars.

Aside from requiring that a legitimate and dedicated parking spot be presented — i.e., inspected, verified, and authenticated by an authorized investigator (who will co-sign and attest to the parking spot and shall be held accountable, under penalty of fine and incarceration) — before a car can be purchased, another policy is a progressive tax be levied on each additional car purchased by the same person or family.  After all, if a person or family can afford so many cars, they would be wealthy enough to pay progressively higher taxes for the (additional) car/s.

Moreover, the person or family making the purchase must also submit proof, like his/her ITR (income tax return), that s/he has the capability to purchase and, more importantly, maintain such and such many cars/vehicles.

However, a problem arises when the vehicle changes ownership because the parking spot is not (physically or legally) attached to the vehicle.  In this case, it can be argued that no sane person would dispose of a car within the first (calendar) year of purchase — unless s/he has a hidden agenda and was purchasing the vehicle for a purpose other than personal use.  Therefore, because of this possibility — where people try to outwit or get around the system — there should be a law (because a policy or regulation may not be sufficient as it is subject to abrupt changes when administrations change) that mandates the seller to ensure that the buyer has a designated and dedicated parking spot or garage otherwise the seller will be held accountable.

In addition, on the part of the car dealer, no sale may be transacted (and closed) until and unless the buyer can present his/her driver’s license.  It should be assumed that the skill to drive a car precedes the purchase of a car.  There is existing technology that permits printing to be done under a laminated surface so this can be applied to the driver’s license where the car license plate be imprinted onto the driver’s license.  When the car changes ownership, the information can be “erased and/or rewritten over” — in case of the purchase of another car.  No person shall be permitted to own more than one car.

Finally, other alternatives that can significantly mitigate the traffic situation: (1) all vehicles parked or idling on the roadside or sidewalk are subject to towing, (2) cars traveling along major thoroughfares are required to car pool (i.e., 2 or more people and, in the case of 2, the other passenger must be at the front, beside the driver), (3) commercial establishments situated at intersections/street corners shall be permitted drive-thrus only, (4) any and all stalled or non-functioning vehicles not moved to the road side, especially if it is causing traffic snarls or jams, shall be subject to towing and fines, and (5) barangays shall be held accountable for traffic jams/snarls that occur within their jurisdiction unless there is an assigned traffic enforcer directing traffic.


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