Could pro-social behavior change victim-minded individuals?

Is there a way to save victim-minded individuals? I came up with this question yesterday morning, March 25, 2014, when I went to a seminar on “The Psychology of Justice Sensitivity and Cross-Cultural Differences” by German researcher Simona Maltese at De La Salle University. I almost didn’t go because I wasn’t that interested in the…

Toilet buddies

For the past few months, I’ve had two toilet buddies that make my time doing # 2 a little less lonely. They are Edge’s What Have You Changed Your Mind About? and What Are You Optimistic About?, both edited by John Brockman. These non-fiction books by the self-proclaimed intellectual online hub http://www.edge.org collect short essays…

Single Rider

A young man who always travels alone goes up the Single Riders lane in Universal Studios Singapore’s roller coaster ride and finds some company. What does this encounter entail for him? *note: This story first appeared in the New York based gay literary journal Chelsea Station (Issue 4). The author retains full rights to the story. That means no…

Crackers

Crackers by Raydon L. Reyes WHENEVER I repeated a word my master said, I got a cracker. This was how things worked for me ever since I started living in my master’s house. I never liked the taste of crackers. Dried-up bark would probably taste better. But ever since I was placed in a cage,…

Blue, Green, and Grey (Mt. Pinatubo)

Mt. Pinatubo is half-dead, half-alive. My first look at the grey terrain revealed the chasm between life and death—shrubs, grass, and scattered miniature rivers thriving on the remnants of lahar (infamously known for killing thousands of people almost 20 years ago). The indigenous Aetas, occasionally getting distracted as our 4×4 cars passed by their homes,…

Some ways our fashion sense helps our inner world

A woman in an evacuation center after Typhoon Yolanda swept through the Philippines puzzled a priest when she passed him by. Her bright red lipstick stood out among the scene of typhoon survivors lining up for relief goods and claiming their own spot in the center, where they would most likely be spending the next…

Photo of the Day: Turtle Wood Veneer from KL City Gallery

The Kuala Lumpur City Gallery in Malaysia houses some of the country’s best wood carving artists. During workdays in the museum, they create miniature wooden figures of KL buildings like the Petronas Tower and KL Tower. But for anyone who wants to fill that blank space on his wall with something besides a painting, they…