John 14:8-9 Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?

During the Passover, Philip was approached by some Greeks who wished to have a private encounter with Jesus. He led them to Jesus. In one of the food multiplication events, Philip argued that 200 denarii would not be enough to feed the crowd.

Shortly after the Supper, Jesus was speaking plainly about his death. Philip was standing before Emanuel, the God with us, but he still did not understand it. Perhaps, at that interruption, Philip would expect some sort of ‘theophany’ as recorded in Exodus 33:18.


Philip’s monkey was not realizing and accepting that Jesus was God. And Jesus was making this especially clearer to his disciples. Many theologians and leaders follow the same mistake. Many heresies were built throughout history as Arianism, adoption, docetism and others. Heresies have made and many people deviate from the Path. Jehovah’s Witness and Mormonism are contemporary sects arising from this same root.

The Lord Jesus lived 30 years in preparation and patience. Then in 3 years (10% of his time) he developed His ministry. He spent most of his time with the disciples around Galilee, with some trips to the Bible festivals. About 18 of the 33 miracles recorded were held around the cities of the Sea of ​​Galilee. Approximately 25 miracles occurred in the province of Galilee. All 12 disciples originated in the region.

I do not think it is easy for a leader to make sure that someone who is investing time and resources proves that he is not with you. Often people follow leaders not to give them support, but to press them. Loyalty is a quality that is being built over time. It can be perfected and harnessed by the leader and led. When we reach a certain age, maturity already allows us to choose who we will support and follow. Young leaders need to understand and value the most experienced.

In fact, aging, rather than being viewed negatively as an unsolvable challenge, can be seen as an opportunity. Healthy and productive aging can be a source of earnings through the second demographic bonus. Older people should not be seen as a cost to society, but as human capital capable of improving overall quality of life.

Society can gain from the aging process and the phenomenon of the second demographic bonus, as Bloom says:

“Everything depends on the preparation and the power of adaptation, both from an individual and a collective point of view. Anticipating a longer life means that people are likely to save more for the years they will not be working. It also indicates the revision of retirement policies to discourage early exit from the labor market. “

If the elderly believe in their potential and society create mechanisms for productive inclusion of the gray population, the problem of reducing the workforce would be solved and the actuarial balance of social security could be solved.

The first demographic bonus is a temporary phenomenon that had a deadline. It lasted as the percentage of the PEA grew in relation to the total population and ended when the working age population declined. But the second demographic bonus begins when the process of population aging reaches high proportions, but it does not have term to finish. The greater the aging, the greater the second demographic bonus.