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CLE on Gambling

In Uncategorized on February 2, 2012 at 8:26 am

A. 

  1. The behavior/action that I chose in the Gallup survey is Gambling, and I consider this action or behavior as RIGHT. Gambling can be defined as “betting money on an outcome that is wholly or largely random.” Gambling includes the individual or the gambler himself and the casino that administers and runs the gambling tables and games. Some people say that gambling is morally wrong; however, the individual losses from gambling are justified by it being a fun and leisurely activity worth “paying” for. In the United States, 48 out of 50 states have legalized gambling and they have legalized this for many reasons. The individual gambler only gambles for fun and he or she knows that they are likely to lose money, so there is nothing wrong about this. Society has even accepted that spending money on many other leisure pursuits such as watching a movie, watching a sports game, or even going to a school fair like the Xavier School fair, and all of these have no material benefit; thus, gambling should not be any different. Gambling has many psychological effects to the gambler, he experiences a feeling of release from daily tensions, freedom, non-conformity, confidence, and even control which extends to executive control in decision-making. Moreover, gambling increases a persons individual efficiency. It stimulate’s the gamblers hope, and increases analysis in decision-making. On the other hand, casinos have many economic benefits to the country. The burgeoning gambling industry in the Philippines, which is regulated by PAGCOR, has already given a huge amount of revenues to the government last year when the Resorts World Manila opened. It has also given many jobs to the filipinos which is what our country needs, and this is definitely a positive outcome and result. 
  2. I actually believe that gambling is RIGHT, but SINFUL. According to the tenth commandment which states that we are covetous if we try to acquire what belongs to another without paying a fair price, gambling is sinful and would not remain a viable industry. We are gambling with a minimum amount of money as buy-in which may generate huge gains and financial benefits when we win. This may be seen as sinful because the lower class citizens are working hard to get to a certain amount of money to feed their children and to survive. Moreover, the Apostle Paul emphasizes the importance of working, being productive, taking care of the family and giving to those in need. Therefore, spending time and money gambling is not “good.” 
  3. In the context of this issue, I think that I am a moral rationalist because I believe that gambling is right for many good reasons; however, it is wrong based on the bible and the Church’s teachings. 

B. 

The road of suspicion states that “Whenever your decision involves pleasure or avoids pain, cast some suspicion on your motive,” and putting this in the context of gambling. We, the individual gamblers, are indulging in pleasure while avoiding pain and we should always think about what many people in the lower income brackets or the less-fortunate in poverty would do with money that we are spending for our own pleasure. Moreover, the road of caution states that “When unsure of whether or not an act is wrong, err on the side of caution. Assume it is wrong.” When using the road of caution to asses this issue of gambling, some of us may certainly believe that it is right, then it is acceptable to gamble. However, if we are unsure of our actions, we should assume it is wrong, and not gamble. Hence, following the road of caution. 

 Sources:

http://xsibcle2012.wordpress.com/2012/01/19/notes-on-morality-4-complications/#more-411

http://www.tomorrowsworld.org/magazines/2001/jul-aug/legalized-gambling-economic-boom-or-social-bust

Food Chemistry (Kropek)

In Uncategorized on January 13, 2012 at 11:42 am
In our chemistry class today, we cooked different kinds of Kropek with different types of oil. Our teacher, Mrs. Albano, group us beforehand and informed us on which type of oil our group will bring for the experiment. The different groups brought different types of oil such as vegetable oil, coconut oil, corn oil, etc. Honestly, I believe that my group which used coconut oil to cook our Kropek tasted the best among all the groups. However, Kevin Ting’s group which used corn oil to cook their Kropek tasted good as well. According to Doctor Bruce from healtvideo.com (http://www.healtvideos.com/14142/Female_Bruce_if_Im_going_to_swi.html), by using coconut oil to cook a mild tasting food enhances the flavor of the food and the taste of a coconut will also by tasted by the person eating it. This is mainly because of its own unique milk characteristic flavor; however, when using coconut oil to cook overpowering tasting foods, the mild taste of the coconut oil will not be tasted by the person eating it. For example, using coconut oil to cook chicken. 

VC Reflection Blog

In Uncategorized on December 14, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Before the video conference or VC with St. Joseph’s school in Lebanon, I was quite worried and nervous because I thought Lebanon was predominantly muslim and I thought the people these weren’t decent because of the civil and political unrest. However, I was also excited to have a video conference with them because it’s something totally different and it is also a great opportunity to be able to talk to people from around the world with different socio-cultural background about their faith and about how their surroundings and environment affect how they are as people. 

In the opening of the video conference, it was the usual awkwardness that the students from both schools were feeling. It was great that Mr. Ian Jamison brought up some ice-breaker questions, so that the students from both schools would feel more comfortable with each other and get to know the context of where they live in. He asked about how does the place you live in affect you and your christian identity? I believe that this question was the perfect question because our answers seemed to be direct to the point by answering and talking about relevant issues in our society today. I later learned that my preconception about Lebanon was wrong. They aren’t predominantly muslim; they actually have a huge variety of cultures. Moreover, I learned that there were many similarities between Xavier School and St. Joseph’s school. The motto of the schools itself was the same; “Let Your Light Shine” being the motto of Xavier School, and “Shine On” as the motto of St. Joseph’s school. I learned that they also celebrate Christmas, and they also have close ties with their families.  A big difference which I believe that is striking to me is that they are right beside the Mediterranean sea, and we, on the other hand, are right in the middle of the city. One of the students commented about how he sees God in this sea mainly because of its beauty. As the video conference came to a near end, we both could undeniably generalize that we learned a lot about the similarities and difference that both schools had. 

This video conference truly changed my perception about Lebanon as a whole, even though we were only able to talk to one school in a small city near the Mediterranean sea. In my opinion, St. Joseph’s school did a great job in their first video conference and there were exceptionally smooth transitions from social issue to issue and opinion to opinion. Therefore, I can conclude that despite the differences in culture, we, christians, have the same goal and that is to strengthen our relationship with God and to develop our christian identity and christian morals. I believe that this video conference was a success.