It Often Takes Time to Learn an Important Lesson
|Above copied from The New York Times|
Therein lies, I think, is the important lesson. Some of the elites in the Philippines look down on this recent decision by the Supreme Court. It is a result, I believe, of a sense of righteousness that is based solely on one condition - being against Duterte makes an individual infallible. Morality becomes relative that even honesty is no longer an imperative. Cheating, for example, can be justified if it is meant to prevent someone considered evil by the elites from taking power. When and how the Philippines would ever learn that no one is above the law and that elites are not entitled to be the sole arbiters of truth and justice would probably take time, lots of time.
But there is hope. Lessons do have a way of miraculously appearing. The other night, my daugther introduced me to a book written by Don Brown, "Aaron and Alexander: The Most Famous Duel in American History". The book was so much more than just an account of the duel during which Aaron Burr killed his political rival, Alexander Hamilton. I was actually impressed by how Brown depicted these two founding fathers of the United States in a parallel fashion, but what hit me the most was Aaron Burr's closing statement, “I should have known the world was wide enough for Hamilton and me.”
There is indeed hope as long as those who actually have the resources to write and inform us also have learned the important lesson. Gonchar did preface his fifty ways to learn from current events with the following:
"How can we make sure that students are informed about what’s going on around the world? That they are armed with the tools to be able to distinguish between opinion and fact; between evidence-based statements and empty rhetoric; between sensationalism and solid journalism? Just like most other things in life, the best way to do all that is through practice."Such practice, however, requires responsible writers and journalists.