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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Zero in Periphery

The periphery is almost always in contrast to the center. In terms of power, it is the marginalized or the unexamined. In terms of geopolitics, it is the farther reaches of our country where the dictum of Manila presumably sets the trends. In terms of attention, it is what is often seen only as a vague form but never acknowledged in full consciousness. In terms of essence, it is existent but never fully essential.

Much of our history is only written as footnotes. Many competing voices are never fully heard or have, at certain times, been ignored or obliterated from memory. Many phenomena are never fully understood and just lie in dormant state, non-threatening but never fully eliminated from our consciousness. The irony is that the periphery, although can be conceived as non-essential, can also be an avenue of possibility, of action and resistance.

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