Why the **** Are My Only Choices Marcos or Aquino?
I really don’t get it when people ask me whether I support Marcos or Aquino. I think that question in itself is a sign of what’s wrong with this country: more concerned with personalities than with principles, and more fans hoping for a ride than participants. We should support the Philippines NOT the legacies of dead and dying men. And we do that by honoring whoever the leader is, keeping him in check when he is abusive, obeying the law in our daily lives, serving our neighbor daily, living a productive life of good work, and becoming someone whose life offers a better alternative to the wrong values we hate. If all we do is complain about things not being better but do not work hard at becoming someone who harnesses our time, money, and energy daily to offer a great life to the Philippines, we’re part of the problem and just make it worse. That’s not basic Christian belief that’s part of the basic social contract of democracy: which is, yes we can protest, but for this to succeed, we need to be offering something better. We need to be building not just breaking. When I say we I don’t mean a few government officials or a few NGOs. I mean everyone who belongs to that nation.
“Excellence is an art won by training and habituation: we not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but rather have these because we have acted rightly; these virtues are formed in man by doing his actions; we are we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” – Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy (1926)