Why Kaluwagan?

Ang KALUWAGAN ng Pamu­muhay – The EASEFULNESS of Living

Tim­o­thy Fitz­patrick Con­way, claims that, “It is a mat­ter of para­mount con­sid­er­a­tion to find the liv­ing answer to an all-important ques­tion: What is opti­mal well-being? Then he pro­poses, “To put this ques­tion in slightly dif­fer­ent terms: What is the high­est stage of human devel­op­ment?

By ask­ing a ques­tion more than the high­est stage of human devel­op­ment, what then is the high­est stage of life devel­op­ment that will bring about Ang KALUWAGAN ng Pamu­muhay – The EASEFULNESS of Liv­ing. My study is propos­ing maybe one of the many keys, that is: “Anu­mang nakapag-uugnay ay nakaka­pag­paluwag” as a com­mon ground for sus­tain­able living.

The Fil­ipino value nakakaluwag is a dis­tinc­tive cul­tural fea­ture and a unique con­tri­bu­tion to the global ethic [uni­ver­sal value] for sus­tain­able liv­ing. After doing a hermeneu­tic phe­nom­e­no­log­i­cal inquiry into our Fil­ipino value nakakaluwag that are embed­ded in the shared-beliefs and embod­ied in the shared-practices of the four­teen (14) multi-sectoral rep­re­sen­ta­tives (from De La Salle — Col­lege of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB), with my hum­ble effort into con­tin­u­ing edu­ca­tion and research for a sus­tain­able liv­ing, I have drawn upon our Fil­ipino cul­tural resource a hermeneu­ti­cal insight: “Anu­mang nakapag-uugnay ay nakaka­pag­paluwag” a proverb not only as a Fil­ipino ethical-pedagogy in view of Holis­tic Rela­tion­al­ity but at the same time as an inte­gra­tion (prin­ci­ple) that serves as a com­mon ground for sus­tain­able living.

By tak­ing a sec­ond look and even more at the Fil­ipino value nakakaluwag in view of holis­tic rela­tion­al­ity (Fuel­len­bach, 1998 & Ruether, 2000) and unrav­el­ing these two eco­log­i­cal and social jus­tice val­ues (eco-justice) whereby “Anu­mang nakapag-uugnay ay nakaka­pag­paluwag” can be applied and prac­ticed through and can even enhance Hornedo’s ped­a­gog­i­cal artic­u­la­tion of jus­tice in terms of the four­fold rela­tion­ships (2009).

There is a demand upon us to be a per­son of (1) God, for (2) oth­ers and for (3) cre­ation and there is a call to sac­ri­fice (4) our­selves on their behalf, to put aside self­ish­ness and be com­mit­ted for the cause of what will truly bring more ease in their lives (nakakaluwag) because in the final analy­sis and reflec­tion: anu­mang nakapag-uugnay sa (1) Diyos, sa (2) kapwa, sa (3) sar­ili at sa (4) kalikasan ay nakaka­pag­paluwag (rela­tion­ships with God, oth­ers, one­self and nature make for a life of ease.) In other words, “anu­mang nakapag-uugnay ay nakaka­pag­paluwag” (rela­tion­ships make for a life of ease).

To know more, please read my study, and then share a help­ing hand:

A Dis­ser­ta­tion Pre­sented to the Fac­ulty of the
Doc­tor of Phi­los­o­phy in Applied Cos­mic Anthro­pol­ogy
Manila, Philip­pines
In Par­tial Ful­fill­ment of the Require­ments for the Degree
Doc­tor of Phi­los­o­phy in Applied Cos­mic Anthro­pol­ogy
Anto­nio Levy S. Ingles, Jr.
May 2011