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OPINION: Making good grades

WE all played a part in our education.

For example, we took history, P.E., science and civics classes. Some of us exceled in other classes while we failed in others and we all learned from our mistakes differently as students in our young lives.

Even though I hated journalism class I did okay and I also exceled in sports like basketball and volleyball, and I was also good in carpentry and construction.

The two classes that fascinated me the most were science/technology and anthropology. I loved both classes in my college years.

Anthropology interested me because it was about human lives, customs and cultures — the way people lived in their clans or tribes.

The first time I met the late master chief navigator and educator Mau Piailug I was with my uncle Lino Olopai, and it was a very great experience for me.

I was very impressed and fascinated to learn our customs and cultural life, especially traditional navigation and rope skills.

I was proud of my Carolinian teachers Mau Piailug and Lino Olopai.

My point here is our education in our customs and cultural life as humans is really the foundation and cornerstone of our lives today.

We all have a belief system that we learned through our customs and culture while growing up and it defines who we are today as human beings.

We also have different religions as human beings and this is where the moral question comes into play:

How good are we as human beings as we live our lives today?

And what will it take for each of us to get a ticket to heaven? Can we make up for the bad things in our lives and do good things before the end of our lifetime?

We all want to overcome the bad things in our lives and do the right thing as we move forward to have a ticket to go to heaven, right?

We’re too busy or preoccupied with making a living or whatever we do in our lives today, but every now and then we are confronted with our mortality. It is a nagging reminder.

God is in heaven and if we do good things on this planet then of course we will go to heaven, right folks?

God created all religions but is there really a holy war going on today?

Today we have infidels, insurgents, militants and terrorists who believe blowing up people will get them to heaven.

We have to disagree with these radical killers.

When Gandhi was asked why proselytize in politics but not in religion, his reply: In the realm of politics we can be sufficiently certain to convert. But in the realm of religion there is not sufficient certainty to convert anybody. Okay that can be really very depressing if you’re a faithful religious student.

I remember as a little boy, I asked my grandpa, “If you should die do you think you’re going to heaven?” My grandpa looked at me and said, “Well, kid, I hope so.” He said as long as you do your best in your life you will go to heaven.

God will still reward us if we did our best in our community.

Being rewarded for our good efforts is part of our human experience and we expect it.

One morning my dad offered me a ride to school, but I said, “No dad it’s okay. I’ll take the bus.” My dad insisted.

On the way to school, we had a conversation. “Jack,” my dad said, “what do you love most about your class?” I said I liked basketball. But my dad said, “You can also be a good writer you know that, right Jack?”

I told my dad that he was a baseball player and was good at it so why couldn’t I be myself and be a basketball player?

My dad said, “Okay Jack. If you want to be a basketball player you better be good at it. Follow your heart and your dreams. That’s all that matters to me right now.”

I thanked my dad that I became a CNMI writer because I can express myself or my views on things we value in life.

I’ll be the first one to admit I was a real troublemaker as a kid and while growing up but all that changed when I married my Chinese-American wife years ago.

I guess married life put things in perspective and makes you realize that you need to do good for your wife and kids. After all, our families are the most important people in our lives.

When I was diagnosed with severe psoriasis I was confused, devastated, demoralized, and when my wife was diagnosed with a mental illness I was broken-hearted.

My doctor asked me, “What are you going to do now Jack?” I said maybe I’d become a writer for my island of Saipan which was what my dad wanted for me.

I stopped going to college to give my wife the love and support she deserved. It changed my life. I went to church seven days a week. If lucky I was allowed to call or visit my wife every week.

The only places I visited were the church and the hospital. But no matter how we try our best, our best will never be enough.

I fought for the custody of my wife. I complained about medical negligence and I thought I won.

But when my wife was moved back to Portland my phone calls and my visits to my wife were taken away. I have no access to my wife today.

Sometimes we ask ourselves why do good people get treated so unfairly when they were just trying to do their best to protect their loved ones.

Aren’t we good enough to do what’s best for our families as we fight all the red tape bureaucracy in government?

I cannot give up but I have to follow the law as I try to overcome these difficulties and challenges.

Some of us would think that life is so unfair but in truth lawmakers are the ones who tailored all these crazy and stupid laws that benefit big mega money corporations.

The authors of the Scripture understood that man needs a savior in Christ our Lord.

God has decided to forgive us and pay for our sins Himself with Christ.

Our only hope is to be delivered and be forgiven.

In conclusion, Heavenly Father thank you for being merciful to all humans on this planet.

And remember folks, when we’re facing desperate and difficult moments in our lives, our prayers will help us. “For we walk by faith not by sight,” according to 2 Corinthians 5:7. Peace to all.

The writer is a resident of Portland, Oregon.