The Philippines: Through the Eyes of a
Many years ago a friend of mine told me that you
can't put an old head on young shoulders. I used to think
that was a pity; now I say - thank God! But I have just
found a way to put a young head on old shoulders - thank
I have been reading Ray Bradbury's "Zen and
the Art of Writing" - "Every morning I jump out of
bed and step on a landmine. The landmine is me. After the
explosion, I spend the rest of the day putting the pieces
together. Now it's your turn. Jump!"
And, "Zest, Gusto, Curiosity. These are the
qualities every writer must have . . .
About half way through the book I had a
revelation; suddenly I realized why I love this place,
the Philippines. It's because here I see everything
though the eyes of a child. Others would look at the
shanties and call them slums; I see them as through the
eyes of a child. Those shanties are amazing; almost
magical. There children live in poverty and yet they are
happy. They have no toys so they invent them out of
sticks or stones as I used to when I was a kid.