Monday, August 22, 2011

Philippine 'debate' on reproductive health says a lot about Pinoys

The fact alone that reproductive health is so "controversial" in the Philippines already says a lot about our society. It is like two frogs in a pot of water being slowly heated to boiling point debating the finer details around the pros and cons of hopping out of said pot.

Population growth, like environmental degradation is a slow disaster. It does not happen in a big catastrophic bang that galvanises people to action. Instead, it creeps up slowly enough not to disturb the trajectory of the comfy momentum that the current paradigm is riding upon.

It takes a lot of intelligence and mental discipline to see slow disasters for what they are and implement the appropriate measures in a systematic way to arrest its slow erosion of the quality of our lives. It is time we step up to the challenge and prove our collective intelligence and together muster the mental discipline to overcome the onslaught of this *preventable* catastrophe.

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