Let’s get to the one-peso question: Do you like Oprah? I like Oprah, even before I barraged her mailbox with countless emails for her version of Wish Ko Lang 4 years ago, asking for the most fancy folding Dahon bike that weighs about 6kg. She was not gracious enough to respond to my plea. “You don’t have to know Plato or Aristotle to SERVE,” she told the Stanford graduates of 2008. I suspect this is the underlying reason why most people of religions are not really fond of her though keep track of her. Oprah is simply the embodiment of American pragmatism. She is one of the most practical persons in the world, the queen of streetsmarts. Her practicality, in the tradition of American philosopher William James, glorifies the INDIVIDUAL, and RELIGIONS DON’T LIKE THIS because it negates the Platonic Absolutes including GOD. Lately though, one could sense her search for her soul by befriending Eckhart Tolle for example. Still, religions have much to learn from her practical (should religions read this as ‘incarnational’?) approach to empowering individuals. The irony is: the more an individual is empowered in the most positive sense, the more she realizes that she belongs to the Greatest Good.