Editorial: The abyss between legal and moral-A A +A
Friday, October 11, 2013
THE past days, we have been peering over the abyss between legal and moral as lawmakers caught with their hands still dipping in the pork barrel that found its way to fake non-government organizations are one in saying, they did nothing wrong.
There is no better time for parental guidance than these times, when children should be made to discern right and wrong and the vast abyss in between that makes you a real human: moral values.
Senators and congressman will try to win the hearts and minds of the people by insisting they are not bad, that they have not sinned, because what they did is constitutional, is legal. Unluckily, among the hearts and minds that may be winning over into this warped state of moral values are those of our children.
There is a lot that our children are seeing that are not followed up with values-laden guidance for discernment. Thus, we jeer at the lavish lifestyle of Jeanne Napoles, and the plagiarizing ways of Mark Solis and even curse them on social networks, using “bad words” that again, any of the young can pick up. But we do not look over our shoulders to check on any young mind peering in. Bottomline? Sheer lack of moral values is spread, thus many of the yet undiscerning freefall into the dark abyss where no morality is observed.
Why is there a need to pound these into our children now? Simply because the spins that are now going on will be made to look good what is otherwise a crime, or a performance meriting a best actor award that could mist our eyes and make us fail to see the bad. Thus, the thieves can continue to haul off government funds and declare to the world that they are in fact faultless. Thus, the senators and congressmen will continue to dictate to whom billions of pesos will go, and win patronage in the process that will ensure their and their next of kin’s stranglehold on their positions till generation next.
Imagine how more of this will corrupt the youngest of minds; imagine the future with such mindset and such bad mouths, too. We are already suffering from the presence of these elected few who do refuse to bow down and say they have done wrong, how much more if we allow the young to imbibe all that they are saying and doing today?
Many of us will agree, what is being shaken in all this discussion is the foundation of our moral values. Yes, giving allocations to congressmen and senators is not against any law. But laws do not measure nor criminalize motives.
We just have to remember, that the first thing a trapped critter will do is try to blind or confuse the enemy. It’s a fact that we, the public, are considered the enemies. We are the eyes that look and scrutinize them, and judge them as the crooks that they are. The fight is in fact being fought in the so-called court of public opinion, and that is where the collateral damages are also collected. Among them, if we allow it, our own children.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 12, 2013.