Ratings at goodreads.com: 3.92* and below is the back blurb:
Sense of humor is almost absent among politicians, but Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago is a truly talented exception. People are puzzled how she can spontaneously make them laugh in the midst of national policy crises, and of real danger to her life as a corruption fighter.
This book is a collection of jokes, one-liners, pick-up lines, conebacks and speeches delivered and/or curated by the beloved Senator. Also, inside are illustrations by Cj de Silva-Ong, Manix Abrera, Elbert Or, Rob Cham and more of the Philippines’ best young illustrators.
My take on the book:
“Stupid is Forever” is a tiny book and about a 1-2 hour read which is guaranteed to make your stomach hurt sooo bad from laughing (out loud) at most of the punchlines (although not all were original) and at the same time keeps your intellectual capacity tested. It’s a funny,witty, bad-ass and highly enjoyable find – a refreshing read from my common genre of books. I recommend that people read this before the coming 2016 Presidential Elections, it’s an eye-opener, trust me.
With the help of some contemporary artists, the illustrations added entertaiment to the book. That is on top of all the motivating and inspiring life-lesson speeches by the beloved Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago aimed for the youth. This book successfully mixed humor with the ugly reality of the Philippine politics – in the end it will ask you to take a stand and take action by doing and choosing what is right.
Here’s a little something for you to ponder (taken from the book) –
While there is no blueprint for the meaning of Life, there is countless research on ways to have a more meaningful life. There are three ways to make your life more meaningful:
First, get connected. While a busy social life with lots of friends may help keep you happy, it is the deeper relationships with loved ones that will truly add meaning to your life.
Second, do not shy away from stress. The things that add the most meaning to our lives – a high- pressure job or caring for a loved one – are often the same things that add the most stress to our day-to-day existence. However, taking the easy road is not always the better option. The biggest challenges in life often lead to the biggest gains in the long run.
Third, find a sense of purpose. Studies show that people who spend more time pursuing activities that reflected their sense of self were the people who found their lives more meaningful. A life filled with meaning is linked to doing things that express and reflect the self.
I printed the above and posted it on my workdesk for inspiration beside Steve Job’s famous quote (left for me by my good friend) saying “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life… (i’m pretty sure you know how it goes)” Both quotes keep me inspired during stressful days at work. So I guess I’m off to buy the sequel of this book then.
If you want to know more about the inspiration for this book –
**a Filipino politician, notable for having served in all three branches of the Philippine government – judicial, executive, and legislative and was named one of The 100 Most Powerful Women in the World in 1997 by The Australian magazine. In 1988, she was named laureate of the Ramon Magsaysay Award for government service, with a citation “for bold and moral leadership in cleaning up a corrupt-ridden government agency. She also became the first Filipina and the first Asian from a developing country to be elected a judge of the International Criminal Court**
She is the bold and fierce Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago. Visit her page here.
**information from Wikipedia
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