The socio-ethical situation of the country is being gradually subverted by three emerging destructive factors: Indifference of the elders between right or wrong, pious verticalism and spiritualism, pervasive political errancy.
There is a saying: “Sa tingin ng bata, ang masamang gawa ng matanda ay tama.” The words and actions of their elders are effective teachers of the youth for the better or the worse. This is especially true in the domestic communities. Fathers and mothers readily influence their children in the practice of virtue or in the culture of vice.
Pious verticalism is when people are only preoccupied with their God, with utter disregard for their neighbors. Provided they praise divinity, never mind humanity. Spiritualism makes people blind and insensitive to the temporal. By shedding copious tears, they feel purified and holy. Both verticalism and spiritualism provide a composite escape from difficult realities and challenging times.
Pervasive political errancy means rampant graft and corruption, personal interests over the above public welfare, subjective convenience before objective principles. When political leaders lie, cheat and steal without remorse, all these contribute much to the weakening if not actual destruction of the moral fabric of the land.
It would be hard to deny that the country as a whole is in a precarious socio-ethical situation. When it has become normal for many husbands to commit infidelity, when a good number of young people take drugs, when abortions are common, when gambling is right and other similar misdeeds are done as a matter of course, then society is in one big composite moral collapse in the making. And this is very much worse than financial bankruptcy and material poverty.
There still appears something good in such dismal socio-ethical picture of the country: It cannot be worse! While the said adversity will take a long time to rectify, the same however cannot last forever. Justice and truth, honesty and integrity are virtues that refuse to die.
Time will surely come when the many elders would behave better, when a more real and realistic piety would emerge, when more upright politicians would be elected into office.
27 March 2006