Monthly Archives: April 2016

Lessons from a Fire

Seeker Thoughts

Very early in the morning of April 1st, Friday, a fire spread through the Faculty Center of my University, the University of the Philippines. It started on the third floor, and spread quickly throughout the rest of the building. The “FC” (as it was fondly called) housed the offices of over 250 professors from the College of Social Science and Philosophy, as well as the College of Arts and Letters. The building was close to fifty years old and in truth, the structure of the building itself was of little importance – what was much more devastating was the materials lost within the building: decades’ worth of records were burned, along with important written documents in the fields of history, sociology, and anthropology to name a few. And even more than that, each professor’s office was full of their personal belongings: from treasured books, to important documents, to even memorabilia…

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