Filipinos abandon The Yellow Narrative and embrace The Duterte Way

Filipinos’ gripes are really quite simple and straightforward. There is no justice. There are no consequences for law breakers. Due process is too slow. Nothing changes. There is no political will to change. The genius in the government of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is hinged upon a simple habit. His government listens to and empathises with ordinary Filipinos.

The lower 95 percent of Filipinos can relate. Without the political connections and resources enjoyed by the upper 5 percent, everyone is subject to the opague, snail-paced, and aribitrary nature of practically every system and process in the Philippines. To the average Filipino, concepts of due process and rule-of-law are so abstract to begin with. As such, getting the average man-on-the-bangketa to take the leap of faith and place their trust in these abstract systems is a hard sell. To be fair, Filipinos, for some time, have embraced them and regarded the democracy and its institutions “restored” in 1986 as the key to a future national prosperity.

Unfortunately, Filipinos have been let down. 30 years of “democracy” has failed to deliver on the promise of fair and swift justice and modern services that serve all at a consistent level of quality regardless of social status and financial means. The story can be likened to the way Lucy would, in so many words, persuade Charlie Brown to kick the football only to yank it away as he came running in for the punt.

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The Duterte Way appeals to Filipinos because it seeks to extricate them from the recurring pattern of promise-and-then-disappointment that follows the six-year election cycle. Election in and election out, promises issued by candidates are founded upon the “civil” and “decent” dogma of liberal democractic ideals enshrined in what is now known as the “Yellow Narrative” — the emotionalist no-substance philosophy that dominated political discourse in the Philippines over the last 30 years.

The backlash following mass disillusionment with the Yellow Narrtative and a wholesale embrace of the Duterte Way is what we are seeing today.

Well underway is Duterte’s allegedly bloody “war on drugs” that has so far put the Philippines within the radars of various human rights “watchdogs” and liberal media outlets in the West. And then there is the threat he issued the other day to pull the Philippines out of the United Nations and start “its own thing” with China in response to mounting criticism for this. Recently, it is a reported directive to sack politically-appointed government officials in agencies still perceived to be corrupt.

The psychology behind all this is quite simple. Filipinos want to see visually-arresting representations of government action on key national issues and tangible equally visually-arresting results. Duterte is delivering both by the bucketloads, but his key challenge is in how adeptly he swings the double-edged sword he wields. One edge is evident — he has captured the imagination and trust of the Filipino people by being both decisive and resolute, to the point of pissing off powerful interest groups. The other edge will manifest itself once he follows through with his backswing — delivering results in a sustained manner.

In short, Duterte must not squander the political capital he has amassed both from the winning rhetoric he consistently fielded during the campaign and the perfectly-aligned follow-through on this rhetoric as president in the last couple of months.

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Proud Pinoy
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So in just a few weeks, Duterte has destroyed the global image of the Philippines. Even the United Nations Human Rights division wants to get involved. This “thug” President that you have placed in a pedestal has not only forsaken the rule of law, he has begun tarnishing our diplomatic ties with America and other Western countries.

Why do you defend this thug, Benign0?

Hindi ka ba nahihiya? Or perhaps the rumors are true that you are a paid hack to cause discord in Philippine society. So is Mr. Kritz your CIA handler?

Your support for Duterte has exposed you.

Enjoy Your Blunder!

Aeta
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Proud Pinoy, No Asswipe. This “thug” president is going to revolutionized the “fucked up” arrogant and self-serving ways Filipinos think and live their lives, by knocking them off the egoistic pedestals they’ve put themselves on, and to teach them how to start thinking as one nation. What global image are you trying to protect? The whole world already knows we’re a “fucked up” nation that full of religiously hypocritical and unmanageable people, whose only fame to glory is being good at mimicking other more successful nations with our cheesy talents and ability to feign loyalty (kiss ass) to get what… Read more »
nestor guillano
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Proud Pinoy

kung hindi ikaw si mar roxas, isa ka siguro sa mga kolumnista ng inquirer/rappler/philstar

Aeta
Guest
[Revised] Proud Pinoy, No Asswipe. This “thug” president is going to revolutionized the “fucked up” arrogant and self-serving ways Filipinos think and live their lives, by knocking them off the egoistic pedestals they’ve put themselves on, and to teach them how to start thinking as one nation. What global image are you trying to protect? The whole world already knows we’re a “fucked up” nation that is full of religiously hypocritical and unmanageable people, whose only fame to glory is being good at mimicking other more successful nations with our cheesy talents and ability to feign loyalty (kiss ass) to… Read more »
kidPanuhot
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YOU DUMB FUCK!!!
from the way you’re talking it’s pretty obvious you’re not residing here in the philippines, you have not experienced any of the shit people that belonging to the 95% mentioned in the article above goes through each day…

so just STFU if you know nothing of what these people are going through day in day out. The president is trying to correct all the bullshit left by the past 30 years of yellow crap show.

step down your high horse, you ignorant “PROUD PINOY” hipocrite!!!

again, let me just say…

YOU DUMB FUCK!!!

NERI
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T@ KID PANUHOT, tryin to correct WHAT?HOW? Killing a few hundred street level drug dealers does exactly what? Duterte has forgotten how to arrest and convict criminals and has bypassed the RULE OF LAW and has not done a single thing to address THE REAL PROBLEMS IN THE COUNTRY: Massive Unemployment, highest electricity prices in the world, GOCC contract riggng,front running the stock market, Corruption at all levels of the government, the plunder of the Philippine traesury by the same S E Asian criminal organization that has had a stranglehold on the economy for the last 60 years…and you cheer… Read more »
TheVoiceofReason
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Pretty much proud pinoy…pretty much. Wether Benig0 is a paid hack? I admit i am unsure and though i have voiced that accusation before but i have no proof so would rather not take a page out of Duterte’s book and slander him without cold hard facts. As for a nation wholesale embrassing duterte? Wtf? I have only seen a small loud contigent across social media which i presume are fantatics with very little ground in reality. Daddy Duterte showed how unhinged he is with his midnight ramblings about the UN not helping here.. Does everyone forget the support they… Read more »
Jim DiGriz
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It is not a question of how much was given by who. The question is where did the money go? I’m a European living here since more than 30 years and I can tell you that I am fascinated by Duterte. Finally a politician who cares for his people and not about what outsiders think. He IS a patriot. His tongue is as straight forward as he is straight forward in dealing with things in a simplified way. As for his “unhinged midnight ramblings”, as you call them, it was more than obvious that he was drained of energy and… Read more »
kidPanuhot
Guest

AMEN!!!

andrew
Guest

you got the concept of our people. western ideas is not working here.

30 years with the 1987 constitution fucked all us up.

colbey007
Guest

well said!

DuwangChewMan
Guest

So you are agreeing with a guy who was a proven Yellowfag and a TROLL who is also known for his hit-and-run tactics?

No wonder why people here won’t take you seriously because you have very low standards. It’s hypocritical of you if you don’t admit it.

klara
Guest

The yellow narrative was founded upon deception.
The Duterte way- upon realization.

Why should we trust a first world(?) gov’t that systematically destroys other nations? UN? What exactly has it done to “unite” nations? As the president says, INUTILE

TheVoiceofReason
Guest

What?
Do u even listen to yourself?
What nations have they destroyed?
What exactly has it done to unite nations?
Are u for real right now?
Do u have any idea how idiotic your statements sound?
Did U go to the same schooling system as duterte? That u just make shit up to agree with your narrative?

Jim DiGriz
Guest
Hey, who is the idiot here? Throughout the twentieth century, since the onset of modern terrorism began in 1968, no reaction from the UN regarding terrorism; a simple condemnation was as far as they would go. At the creation of the UN in 1945, the United States was the only nation in the world to own and test nuclear weapons. So how about the UN’s failure of the non-proliferation treaty? It details the ineffectiveness of the United Nations. The civil war in Sri Lanka, the fighting forced 196,000 people to flee and trapped over 50,000 civilians. The United Nations made… Read more »
kidPanuhot
Guest

burn!!! madapaka…

didn’t ur mom ever told you that if you have nothing nice to say, then better shut the fuck up that piehole of yours…

it’s because of dimwits like you who that the Philippines has become what it is today…

so please do all of us a favor and go sign up for the conquer mars program of NASA…
hopefully u get butt fucked by martians.

klara
Guest
It’s really pointless to argue with people who are locked on a narrative churned out by skewed media.. That also goes for an international organization that cannot even do its own investigation before releasing condemning statements. With such a display of incompetence, it’s not surprising how global issues have turned out as they are now. “Did U go to the same schooling system as duterte?” I can’t speak for Sir Duterte, but I’m for independent systems. As for who is the real idiot here, it’s safe to say that they’re the ones who support the type of ideas supplied by… Read more »
TheVoiceofReason
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Jim the un were the first on the ground after yolanda and most of the funds to support the philippine people came through them… Would u like to know what else they have done for the philippines or and u a typical duterard and list a few failures thinking this somehow outweighs all the good from an orginization? You swallowed the duterte propganda and whole and asked for more. How about u tryto discredit me and talk about my love life next….take another page out of dutrete’s book. The UN has had a few failures but they have had more… Read more »
Jim DiGriz
Guest

VoiceOfTreason, talk about your love life?

I couldn’t as I’m sure you don’t have any. Who would be interested in such a sorry ass dullard like you?

Oh, maybe call DeLima. She seems desperate enough at the moment. Maybe you get lucky….

nestor guillano
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kung hindi ikaw si mar roxas, isa ka siguro sa mga kolumnista ng inquirer/rappler/philstar

DuwangChewMan
Guest

Proud Pinoy is more like a real-life Yellow FAGGOT and a TROLL who is known for his hit-and-run tactics.

Mas nakakahiya ka because either you are missing the point or you are just TROLLING. Of course, you won’t admit because it is 100% true. Can’t admit your own blunders, er, I mean FAGGOTRIES. 😛

Vida
Guest
Proud Pinoy, You are a shallow person because you don’t look at the bigger picture. You’re a gullible dumb ass because you can’t even tell when the Pres really means business or he’s just saying something rash on order to highlight his disappointment over some people or issues. You have no discernment at all. If you are what a proud Pinoy is all about, I’d rather not be a proud Filipino; but since Duterte is now the Pres of the Philippines and he delivers substance in a short period of time because of his commitment and love for the Filipinos… Read more »
sam
Guest

Why should we care about what the world thinks?
When you look at Syria, Afghanistan, Sudan, etc, do you even care? Let’s clean our own backyard first. Harapan mo, linisin mo!

Dick S. O'Rosary
Guest

So what is the UN going to do? This isn’t Somalia you know.

Greg
Guest

Exactly what was the “global image” that the Philippines had?

jacky33
Member

You’re just a troll, what has Philippines contributed to the world with its “global image” when the country is poor?

Drugs have been destroying the country for a long time. Look at Mexico, still a mess because Duterte is not President there.

a yellow tard
Guest

the just concluded part1 of de lima’s probe on extrajudicial killings is of de lima and yellows defence to distract the coming HR 105 to probe why drugs proliferation exist inside bilibid prison under her watch. and did she win the first part?

zaxx
Member

His government listens to and empathises with ordinary Filipinos.

Well, the following is exactly what ordinary Filipinos (fed up with criminals, corruption, incompetence) have long been wanting to hear in a leader…

8-21-16 President PressCon, Umaapoy sa Galit

41:36: “I was never born to protect evil; I was born in this universe to suppress evil.” – Du30

42:33: “If I go to hell, I will bring all of these criminals with me.” – Du30

The Quezon “run like hell” quote and the Ninoy “worth dying for” quote just melt in comparison with Du30’s.

kidPanuhot
Guest

DEYM!!!
Mayor Digong’s quotes sends shivers down my spine…he is the only president that is willing to do the dirty job inorder to provide his people a clean and bright future.

yellowed out GRP reader
Guest
yellowed out GRP reader
Just finished watching Day 1 of De Lima’s senate hearing on “extra-judicial killings”. It was very informative, but I think not in the way De Lima expected. If her goal was to discredit Duterte’s war on drugs, I think it may have backfired because the two witnesses she presented ended up confirming many of the things Duterte has been saying. The first witness was a woman whose live-in partner and his father were killed. The second witness was a woman whose mother and father were killed. 1. Both Witness 1 and Witness 2 confirmed that all the slain victims—yes, ALL,… Read more »
Dick S. O'Rosary
Guest

Confirmed. The unexplained killings are literally the result of the incompetence of the previous administration. I say this without sarcasm. They tolerated narco cops, then Bato threatened to investigate them, and so they killed their old contacts. Simple cause and effect, and now, the incompetent yellows are using this to make Duterte look bad. No wonder he’s pissed.

d_forsaken
Guest

The freedom to move forward to new opportunities and to produce results comes from living in the present not the past.

555Hyden007Toro9999.999
Guest
555Hyden007Toro9999.999
The Aquinos, the YellowTards and their “People Power” did not do anything good in our country. They strengthened the Feudal Oligarch. The economy is in the control of their relatives and fellow Oligarchs. Graft and corruption were widespread. Shabu Drug proliferation is like a plague. Drug Lords are protected by Aquino and his cahoots. Immorality of De Lima, the former Secretary of Justice, has been shown, without any moral regret. The sister of Aquino, Kris Aquino, is herself an immoral person. Many lovers, many husbands , and many love affairs. She was even infected by STD… Duterte is cleaning the… Read more »
a yellow tard
Guest

the next probe HR 105, jayvee sebastian, herbert colangco, and peter co should be present so that the driver will tell the truth. they are the ones who said they’re giving their protector 5 million weekly.

4DSakeOfDCountry
Guest
Please!!!!…. Make the country self-sufficient and independent from other countries/organization…. DRUG/Corruption free or maybe by the least controlled/minimized but not rampant like what the “YELLOW CULTS” did…. The one’s to blame are the “YELLOW CULTS” past administration who didn’t do anything to stop criminality/drugs rather than help them make drugs in Prison and make it 5 star hotels, didn’t do anything to help prevent/mitigate disasters rather than when it already happened adverstized online “HELP YOLANDA VICTIMS”, and when help/donations arrived, “STOLE IT”…. Hey why didnt the UN instead ask ABNOY AQUINO what happened to the mssing 200+ BILLION YOLANDA FUNDS?… Read more »
marius
Guest
Oh, stop blaming the politicians. There were people stealing Yolanda funds all the way from the Mayor’s office down to the street cleaners. I’m sure it wasn’t everybody, but I have no doubt 30-40% of the people involved were taking a little bit because “hey, everyone else is doing it” and “nobody is going to notice”. So how is the country going to become “self-sufficient” if the average Filipino sees nothing wrong with stealing from the poorest of the poor? There are too many Filipinos who think it’s OK to scam and cheat their way through life – taking as… Read more »
Jim DiGriz
Guest

So how to stop it?

Fear! Only fear will make Filipinos stop what they are doing.

Aeta
Guest
Fear is the only thing Filipinos will respond to. Everything else–love for the country and each other–takes second or third priorities, unless they stand to benefit from the display of those altruistic emotions. President Duterte is applying the “fear factor” very effectively, to get the arrogant and selfish Filipinos to fall in line as one people, and to march together to the same drum beat as one nation. “Any man who tries to be good all the time is bound to come to ruin among the great number who are not good. Hence a prince who wants to keep his… Read more »
marius
Guest

Funnily enough, I notice the Catholic Church fails miserably in this regard. Notice that threats of hellfire are of no interest to the average Filipino. My theory is that this is because hellfire is beyond their 24-hour “stuff I give a shit about right now” window of attention.

Duterte needs to bear that in mind: unless he can instill fear of immediate retribution, people will still carry on hurting each other, and then wonder why they (eventually) get punished.

zaxx
Member

will snipers (rifles loaded with indelible ink) stationed on every overpass be enough to sow fear among “me-first” motorists and jaywalking wall-peeing pedestrians?

Aeta
Guest

No, but the idea of a swift kick in the ass waiting for these violators, once they’ve reached the other side of the sidewalk, will. Now that’s Fear.

T
Guest

@zaxx
that is a sound idea. swift, non-lethal punishment.
paint bullets will still hurt. the stain it leaves is just a bonus.

Pastor Ernie
Guest

I do not like President Duterte’s actions. They are not consistent with the teachings of Christ. Even the way he speaks is full of anger, full of hate. He is indeed going to hell.

Why cannot we have a True Christian president like Noynoy? I heard MLQ3 is a devout Christian. I am sure he will make a good president.

Let us pray that Duterte does not destroy the Philippines.

God bless.

Jim DiGriz
Guest

Don’t hang your idiotic religious shit on us. It has NOTHING to do with it.

I’m sure all the child molesters in the Catholic church were “True Christians”.

How many thieving murderers throughout history were “True Christians” and how many violent crimes have been committed in the name of Christ?

Go ahead and pray, at least that will refrain you from talking nonsense.

By the way, screw Noynoy and his Mama!

Proud Pinoy
Guest

I’m afraid Duterte will succeed where ERAP failed. Duterte will destroy the Philippines.

I’m an Atheist, Pastor Ernie. So if there is a GOD, please help us now and save us from this monster. I will convert to your faith if this “miracle” happens.

Aeta
Guest

Proud Pinoy,

You need to be saved from your stupidity. Which side are you on this time, Troll?

Aeta

DIO
Guest

Just a friendly reminder that you and Pastor Ernie are the same person. Here’s a proof:

I am still flabbergasted why so many Pinoys don’t appreciate satire and sarcasm. Sometimes you can make a point more devastatingly effective that way.

Oh well, back to life. Until the next Philippine catastrophe. Have fun guys. The Philippines will remain a shit hole and there is only one solution: GET THE F*** OUT.

Peace.

Take your TROLLING to somewhere else, fag. 😀

Greg
Guest

Destroy the Philippines? The country has been a wreck for decades. Destroy what?

Aeta
Guest

Well, Fuck Christ and Fuck Muhammad. Both only exist in the imagination of their deluded followers. We can only hope Duterte destroys the Philippines–because it’s filled with fucked up, religious people–and rebuilds it from the ground up.

colbey007
Guest

Respectfully — I am surprised that a pastor would lablel Noynoy as a “True Christian president”. Plus, what is left to destroy? Morals – none? ethics – non existent? Humility – hahahah? It is time to rebuild. In doing so, trash and rubble has to be cleared out first.

marius
Guest

You said it. Filipinos have no clue what “Christian values” are. They seem to take great delight in breaking every single Commandment and indulging in all the Deadly Sins.

Religion, in the case of the Philippines, is doing far more harm than good.

andrew
Guest

don’t include Christ in the stupidity of the country.

here is something for your True Christian ek ek Noynoy.

andrew
Guest

oh by the way @4:44 of this clip, saktong-sakto para sayo pastor. bwahaha!

andrew
Guest

starting @4:39 rather. bwahaha!

DIO
Guest

I know your modus operandi, son. Because you’re the same guy who said this:

I am still flabbergasted why so many Pinoys don’t appreciate satire and sarcasm. Sometimes you can make a point more devastatingly effective that way.

Oh well, back to life. Until the next Philippine catastrophe. Have fun guys. The Philippines will remain a shit hole and there is only one solution: GET THE F*** OUT.

Peace.

heyoo
Guest

that dude is not a real pastor…

lourdes juliano
Guest

you don’t like the new president because he’s the truth , criminals need to be punish , corruption shld stop , religion shld not participate to goverment policies bec all religions are just seeking for money for their own purpose and does not really care about the poor. aquino administration makes the counrty the worst corrupted country in the world. wide world we are known to be a corrupt country. what does aquino goverment , religion sectors offerred to make filipino lives better and safe?

jacky33
Member

Why not the drug pushers who were destroying the country? Do you not realize why Duterte has to do his job when no other Presidents in the past could do?

yellowed out GRP reader
Guest
yellowed out GRP reader
Just watched Day 2 of Senate hearing. Tables were turned once again on De Lima, without any effort it seems from the PNP or Duterte’s senate allies. This must really be karma at work, or Duterte’s magic is really strong. De Lima opened the session by saying she had asked ABS-CBN, Inquirer, and GMA 7 to submit their “kill list” databases and methodology for compiling the lists. However, only GMA 7 submitted. Strange. If those lists were being prepared properly, shouldn’t these media groups have their databases and methodology on hand at any time? Or were those lists haphazardly done?… Read more »
tomas
Guest

Couldn’t have said it better.

Jim DiGriz
Guest

Thanks for taking the time to write this review!

Marlon Manicad
Guest

Nice summation. Your closing statements wrap it all like a bunch of red and white flowers too. Salute to the PNP under Chief Bato and the backing of our beloved President Duterte.

Uchie
Guest

It was a fair and precise article. Same thoughts that I have in mind while watching it live. Appreciating our Law enforcers would a great idea to boost their morale especially in this war against drugs. Kudos to Pres. Duterte & PNP.. 👍🏼👏🏼

Jun Abing
Guest

Yes, I will do that. Thank the police. I know It will be like awkward at first but I have to do my part (aside from paying taxes & following traffic rules) as Filipino. Hopefully, I can contribute to the boosting the morale of the PNP in their fight against drug menace. This is well written. Kudos!

Jake
Guest

She needs rest.she cannot prove anything but only the proof of her mistakes….i pity her.😂😂😂😂😂

Aeta
Guest

It wasn’t a mistake on De Lima’s part. It was an intentional offense against society that only translated to a mistake after she was exposed.

Hazel Pineda
Guest

Naiyak naman ako. Well said sa sumulat nito. Salamat po sa mga pulis pati na din sa mga sundalo

Danny
Guest

Bravo! You nailed it. Good write-up.

RBM
Guest
I think dapat hinde si De Lima ang inupong Chairman ng Senate Committee, napaka bias nyang magtanong. Its so annoying when she replied to Bato, when he told De Lima.. ” Sana noong time nyo naglagay na kayo ng SAF dun para hinde naging talamak ang pagpasok ng drugs sa bilibid”… De Lima answered.. ” Ginawa na namin yan, KAYA LANG MADAMI PANG DAPAT ASIKASUHIN… Tinanong pa namin mga abugado about it!”… Kitang kita ang walang sinseridad sa sagot nya.. NONSENSE!.. I even saw yung malimit na paglunok nya ng laway kapag nasusupalpal sya. She’s absolutely made herself miserable and… Read more »
MSG
Guest

Well done. Article is very fair and objective.
Kudos to PNP Chief 👍

Dem dela Pena
Guest

TWO THUMBS up ako kayGen.BATO at sa mga kapulisan niya GODBLESS to all you GEN. BATO and your men.

Ronald Roura
Guest

God bless.

ron
Guest
Napakahaba po…pero tinapos ko dhil bawat salitang isinulat ninyo ay nararamdaman ko at may puso… Naawa ako sa mga kapulisan natin ngaun lang sila nagpursige nang sobrah dahil ngaun lang nila nakita at natamdaman na di sila pababayaan nang chief at presidente… buhay nila ang kapalit konting pagkakamali lng nila sa isang operasyun. Pero eto itong mga kampon nang #Kadilawan at CBCP at mga Ungas sa CHR. Na nagdodown sa mga kapulisan natin… nkakagalit dahil noong panahong mga kapwa nila Dilae ang namumuno at mas talamak ang patayan nang inocenteng mamayan dhil pinatay gihasa ninakawan..e mga bingi ang mga ungas…… Read more »
yellowed out GRP reader
Guest
yellowed out GRP reader
Saw the video of Leila de Lima’s press conference today with senate reporters whom she was feeding cake and pancit because her birthday is coming up. While she was denying Duterte’s latest accusations against her, I was reminded of the time she defied a Supreme Court order and arrested the sick Gloria Arroyo at the airport years ago. I remember wondering at that time, what kind of person is capable of doing something like this? Even if, granting for the sake of argument, Arroyo was guilty, how can a government official—the Secretary of Justice, no less—flout a Supreme Court order… Read more »
NylG
Guest

so very well said…! kudos to the author…you should write more of these enlightening, inspiring essays…!

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