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We live in appalling times. What we previously thought undeniable—the crimes and atrocities of Martial Law—are now dismissed either as outright falsehood or justified as small price for the rewards of a “golden era”, much in the same way that the extrajudicial killings taking place relentlessly and at such a scale are defensible and warranted. The flood of images and information has made a lot of them interchangeable. We know democracy has largely failed to be inclusive, but it has its perks. Any form of opposition is automatically considered partisan politicking, and acts of reparation can serve to deliberately create a new order. The facts under our feet have given way, discourse is discredited even while we have read all the threads, and meanings constantly hijacked to serve multiple ends, all of which are available not only for the taking but for the sharing. We live in appalling times and we are appalled. Outrage is not dead—it is everywhere. We take to social media, tagging our agitations, live tweeting our disbelief. Afflicted, we are affected—and we have an outlet, constantly up to date and updating. Does it feel like freedom? Does it feel like action? Does it feel like the actual? Of what use are we in these times? How do we live our lives so that we are not unwittingly enabling the very structures and conditions we protest loudly against? What do these times demand from us as writers and artists?

Attention in the Face of Evil
Remmon E. Barbaza

The faint heartbeat of outrage
Jayeel Serrano Cornelio

Place of trauma, trauma of place
Daryll Delgado

Gutom at Rebisyonismong Pangkasaysayan
Bomen Guillermo

The Spectator
Gideon Lasco

Marc Pasco

A brief response
Carissa Pobre

Imago Dei
Sandra Nicole Roldan

Rethinking “No”
Katrina Stuart Santiago

Christian Tablazon

Never Again, o Why Never Will There Ever Be a Never Again
Roland B. Tolentino

Om Narayan Velasco

Martin Villanueva

Issue 22 was edited by Mabi David and Allan Popa; visual by Lena Cobangbang.
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