SPECKS OF LIFE: Learning the best lessons from the worst mistakes


Who was it who said that if a person does not learn from the historical past, he is apt to repeat the same historical mistake his predecessors committed?

It was the Spanish-born American essayist George Santayana. He wrote, in his essay, The Life of Reason: “Those who cannot remember the past are

condemned to repeat it.”

This premise may hurt the egos of many people – millions of them, in fact – who have risked their hard-earned cash in a get-rich-quick-scheme in the happy hope of getting back a 300% ROI (return-on-investment) and more in a short time.

Did they not hear of several other scams of the same nature in the not too recent past including a Malaysian who operated the same strategy somewhere in the Zamboanga peninsula and scampered away with billions from gullible

Mindanaoans and even from shrewd local government officials?

Unfortunately, because we have no extradition treaty with Malaysia, the scoundrel could not be repatriated back and tried in our courts of law. I heard he is enjoying the billions he had deceitfully and greedily stashed away.

Alfred Whitney Griswold, addressing a Yale University forum, said: “Creative ideas do not spring from groups. They spring from individuals.” Isn’t he right? How can a person recover from this nightmarish situation where what he has all left are pennies, dimes and nickels? Please don’t be unreasonable and blame the government that is doing its duty of rectifying a grievous mistake and preventing the bad situation from getting worse. Sometimes, you go through the worst to become your best. Let us stop pretending that the creators of these GRQS are serving the interest of the poor by giving them a whopping ROI that more than double their small “donation.”

The huge ROI is a B-R-I-B-E to cover their eyes with the wool of chicanery, deceit and glib sales pitches.

There are more than 20 million Filipinos living under the poverty line.

Do you think these GRQS can monetarily gift all these poor folks as they want us to believe and lift them out of squalor?

Instead of leaning on these tricky scams, why don’t you guys listen to Oprah Winfrey, the billionaire African American broadcaster, who said: “You become what you believe. You are where you are today in your life based on everything you have believed.”

BTW, Winfrey has a net worth of $78.5B.  What was she trying to tell you and me?

If you believe in GRQS and like to make a quick buck, you are going to be a gambler all your life.

Investing in very risky but seemingly attractive schemes is a gamble. You may be winning in the first few rounds but you will lose everything including your house and lot in the end. A millionaire said: “The secret to success is finding something you love to do so much you can’t wait for the sun to rise to do it all over again.”

Don’t ever allow a hard lesson to harden your heart by pointing a finger at another person save yourself.

Losers in these GQRS have hate in their hearts because they assume government action was aimed at “dis-entitling” them. They broadcast their hate and the feedback they – we – all get is more hate and hateful words.

I read this somewhere as part of a success manifesto. “Let us not hope nor wait for chance to change us; let us summon courage to change ourselves.

Two things – only two things – can actually change our story. Either something new comes and enter our lives or something new comes from within.

Believe faithfully in your dreams. Pursue them to free yourself of the chains of indolence and mediocrity.

Declare in the name of God that you are freed from the clutches of negative people.

Declare in the name of God that you have the inherent right to be free and independent.

Declare your appreciation of the grace and the power of God that are within you.” (Email your feedback to fredlumba@yahoo.com