To Lib another Day

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By Peter Rey Bautista

All In Good Time

Friday, August 29, 2014


ALLOW me to share this interesting article that caught my attention when I picked up an old newspaper left on a corner while I was waiting for Joy who was buying some bread.

I had just arrived from Puerto Princesa and some islands in Palawan last Tuesday to act as Head Judge to the Pageant of the School of International Hospitality and Tourism Management in UB.

I will leave once more the confines of my home to Sagada and Bontoc the weekend to watch over my daughter who will join a football tournament there, anyway it will be another holiday as the City will celebrate its 105th year as a City.

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To me, this article I hope, once read, may open our eyes to How, and Why, a Leader can "hopefully" understand how and why they are there in the first place.

It, I hope can be a "benchmark" or a standard for who may or may not be "deserving" of being a Leader. This comes from one of our most respected, and just seems apt to the times and the issue of the day.

Allow All in Good Time to share Madame Beth Day Romulo in her article sometime ago to give us her take on what a Liberal is. This is the full content of her column.

"When I was in college, back in the 1940's, I fancied myself a liberal. And seeing a recently published book on liberalism, I wondered what being a liberal meant to me. Liberal, apparently can mean a wide range of things.

Looking over definitions, the one that I think most nearly represented what I was trying to be is that liberals do not argue from a doctrinal checklist, since they understand that conflict is unavoidable; they distrust authority; they have faith in human progress and, above all, they have respect for other people. Liberal in this context is more of a social attitude than a fixed political position.

In the 19th century, however, liberal did not have a political context. This first appeared in Spain during the Napoleonic occupation. Liberals of that period distrusted democracy. They could be Nationalists or Internationalists.

They both urged wars, and advocated peace. Some were influenced by parties to the left of the political spectrum, such as the socialists and communists, although other liberals were fierce critics of socialism and communism.

19th century liberals believed that markets work best without interference from government - while today's liberals look to governments to correct failures in the market.

Whatever form it took over interests, beliefs, or ways of life, liberals thought that conflict must be tamed, and transformed into fair competition in trade, experiments, and argument.

Liberals tend to be tolerant of other's points of view. They are generous in their social interactions and they don't take things literally. They are not narrow in opinion or judgement. They are not orthodox and they are not conservative.

I took a Liberal Arts program in college, which then included a study of one ancient language (I chose Greek), world history, literature, and philosophy.

Today we are faced with the task of bringing a humane and respectful order out of the chaos of the modern world. Liberal ideas offer promise to those people who are struggling for a better future in countries such as Iran, India, and China". I tore off this part of the paper, anyway it was left for tinapa wrap or somewhat. I did share it with Joy after and had a spirited discussion about our own view. I will respect one's opinion on the issue of today, but I will subscribe to Ms. Romulo's take of what a liberal is, or should be. Every Juan must be shaking their heads in disbelief of what the liberals are doing today not only in Baguio but so to with the national liberal personalities. What's your take? Respect begets Respect, that's mine.

Nice one Madame Beth Day, you just made my day and Happy Baguio Day.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 30, 2014.

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