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A Footnote to Young Debaters

In their bold faces, the blazing fervor to win you will see. In cadence, they move forward, wearing that camouflage of loyalty, that badge of identity- they are their nation’s defenders. Bullets thrown to and fro. With the perfect balance of hastiness and caution, they battle with strangers trying to vanquish the unified principles and ordeals their country treasure.

Days of struggle, nights of alertness. Weeks went on and the scuffle noisily dimmed down. The black birds feasted on the losers’ abode. The winners rejoiced and in humility, with the sweetest tears of joy, they marched towards their beloved motherland, exclaiming how that tale ended according to their wish.

They are soldiers. And you, too, are just like them, young debaters, defenders of firm arguments well-valued by your fellow believers. Worry not if you are in the side of the truth. Before you would know it, you have behind your lips a thousand bullets. With courageous stance, be on your feet before your rival, show your adversary how eager you are to face the fight.

Observe and study the techniques and styles of some of the most successful debaters. Digest their words, learn from them.

Take this case and study: in one of the most memorable US Presidential town hall debates, Bill Clinton impressed the inquirer and the rest of the crowd as he answered this: “How has the national debt personally affect each of your lives? And if it hasn’t, how can you honestly find a cure for the economic problems of the common people if you have no experience in what’s ailing them?”

Here is a clip of how Clinton managed to triumph over this tricky question:

The secrets why the former US President was such an excellent debater were revealed by a former colleague in an article written by Sabrina Siddiqui in The Huffington Post. According to David Mercer, one of the people behind the 1992 Bill/Gore campaign, Clinton was a natural, he always managed to work on his strengths without forgetting to cater the moderator, the crowd and the opponent. Wouldn’t you agree?

Now, not only can you learn debating tips from the political arena but in religious realm as well. For example, take a look on the way Bro. Eli Soriano, a prominent Filipino debater on religious-themed disputes, articulated and defended the biblical principles he believes in in one of his remarkable debates:

Just as how Clinton showed his faith to the American people, you can also see the man’s reliance and assurance on the side he is taking. That is a vital note worthy to be heartily kept. And in a Bible Exposition last Friday, while he clarified the postponement of a debate with a Gospel of Christ pastor in the Philippines, he nonetheless exemplified another note: the importance of always being ready to stand on the side of the beliefs you defend- wherever, whenever.

(For a background: Last December, a Gospel of Christ member participated in another Bible Exposition and later on told that his pastor is willing to have a debate about the oneness doctrine , which states that God the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit are the same. After some negotiations, the pastor said that he must consult it first to a so-called “council”).

You can watch his other debates here.

From these debaters you will learn how to wear that bold face for people to see that blazing fervor to win, how to put on that badge of identity as your philosophies’ defender, how to throw your arguments to and fro…how to battle with strangers trying to vanquish the unified principles and ordeals you treasure.

With this footnote, hopefully you will see young debaters vital ingredients on how in humility, with the sweetest tears of joy, you could march towards your fellow allies, exclaiming how your tale ended according to their wish.

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Sources:

Ang Dating Daan, . Debate:Bro. Eli Soriano vs. Pastor William Saraga. 2007. Video. Youtube. Web. 8 Jan 2013. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrwLAeVOE7Y&list=PL55276B9ABF005B3B&gt;.

Siddiqui, Sabrina. The Huffington Post. N.p., 16 2012. Web. 8 Jan 2013 <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/16/bill-clinton-debate_n_1971685.html&gt;.

smotus, . Clinton vs. Bush in 1992 Debate. 2007. Video. Youtube. Web. 8 Jan 2013. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ffbFvKlWqE&gt;.

What’s with Variety?

What will happen if you put a panda, a monkey, a tigress, a viper and a mantis—altogether—in one team? Would there be chaos? Would someone fight with somebody? I know, at this point, you may now think of that movie where these varied creatures worked hand in hand to defeat a peacock.

Kung Fu Panda 2 is an awe-inspiring story of a panda and the rest of his friends who saved the entire China from the evil plans of the film’s antagonist. The happy ending of the story was a fruit of the gang’s teamwork. Apart from the cooperation among the characters, one can see the friendship and comradeship they have despite the differences in their appearances.

If I ask you, if you were the writer of the film, what would your characters be? That varied one, or a group of the same kind?

Anyway, what’s good with variety?

There is this concept in economics called love of variety which points out that there is a gain for both the consumers and the producers when goods or products are varied. After all, our tastes and preferences are not identical. Normally, we tend to choose a combination of goods than a large amount of only one good, say, we want to have a pair of shoes and a bag than have either two pairs of shoes or two bags.

Not only our do our preferences vary but we, as individuals, have differences as well. I may be brown, you may be black, or white, or yellow. I may be short, you may be tall; I may have a flat nose and yours may be pointed. These divergences, sadly, lead to discrimination. The world we live in is full of sharp looks and piercing murmurs, as if something is wrong with being what you are.

I came across an article telling how the wedding of a Mississippi couple at a particular church did not push through simply because they are black. According to it, since the church’s establishment in 1883, they did not hold weddings for black people.

Even the market is dominated by the idea that there are ruling characteristics. There are commercials and advertisements about whitening soap, hair-straightening shampoo, and even about “beauty enhancement” surgeries—all inviting you to deviate from what is the natural you.

But, as what I have learned from a Bible Exposition of Brother Eli last July, there is no reason to discriminate or feel like one is superior to the other. The variety our appearances dictate should not be a big issue because underneath our skin, we are all the same. There are biblical and scientific proofs; you may read them in another article Bro. Eli wrote where he answered an inquirer who was asking if God is only a God for the whites. Here is an excerpt:

“Actually, if we are going to peel off our skin, there is a glaring truth that we will discover under our skin: We, the entire human race (black, white, yellow, red, and brown), are all biological brothers and sisters.

We all have the same chemical and biological components that make us human.

Thus, under the light of God’s word, we are all equally important to Him;”

If only all of us would realize this. Imagine if we could just like be the panda and his friends, going on with their journey notwithstanding their physical differences. Imagine if we could just translate the idea of love of variety into something like love of differences among individuals. Or, may be, we should stop imagining and should start doing something.

 

Sources:

n.a. “US couple denied wedding because they were black”. < http://ph.news.yahoo.com/>. The Nation.  AFP News. 29 Jul 2012. Web. 06 Aug 2012

Soriano, Eliseo. “My God is a God for All Colors”. < http://esoriano.wordpress.com/>. Members Church of God International (MCGI).10 Aug. 2007. Web. 06 Aug. 2012