Quality of Ph political debate can be lifted when Filipinos stop acting like disciples

Macoy is no hero. So are Aguinaldo, Ninoy, Cory, Gloria, and Noynoy. They're no saints, either. Even the beloved Digong is no exception.

None of them are perfect. None of them are God.

Some may be more good than bad, but all of them are neither totally evil or absolutely noble.

As Lemony Snicket's aptly put it:

They're like chef's salads, with good things and bad things -- chopped and mixed together in a vinaigrette of confusion and conflict.

The sooner we put an end to these delusions and stop acting like 'disciples', the higher our chances of truly addressing our greatest challenge: alleviating the people from poverty and hunger -- in all its shapes and shades.

The sooner we put an end to our political insanity, the better and faster for people to work together and rebuild our nation.

History has many versions. There are conflicting interpretations and narratives of people and past events. What is worse is to now let this confusion sow further and unnecessary conflict and division when we can actually opt to learn and see all sides, to condemn the bad parts, to appreciate the good, and to start moving forward.

Sure, we should not forget the abuses during Martial Law in the same manner that we should not forget PDAF, DAP, SAF, Luisita and Kidapawan massacres, etc. We condemn these to high heavens and no way should we allow a repeat. However, let not these past events further divide our already divided nation. Let not these past mistakes continue to hinder our growth.

MJ Quiambao Reyes as posted on Facebook.


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