Thursday, August 24, 2006


Needless to say, reconciliation is a two-way relational reality. It presumes that two parties or groups at odds come to accept each other’s fault, show bilateral repentance for it, and thus precisely come to accept one another as its over-all result. Without any of these basic relational and objective elements, reconciliation is pursued with futility or achieved as a farse.

There can be no genuine reconciliation if a party perceived as guilty of lying, cheating and stealing does not even accept such errant actuations. In fact, it is highly incongruous for someone in tenure of truth, honesty and integrity to ask for reconciliation. In the presence of a smug posture of false righteousness on the part of a suspect and dubious character, the latter’s reconciliation call is not vague and vain.

There can neither be a real reconciliation if someone considered responsible for many flagrant graft and corruption, does not even show credible amendment much less repentance for such errant behavior. Such an unconscionable posture does not really want reconciliation much less deserve it. The more and bigger vicious deeds are attributed to someone uncontrived, the lesser has this any basis to ask for reconciliation.

There can neither be viable reconciliation if the duly discredited party remains odious and repugnant not only in words, actions, specially so in behavior. This factor becomes even more evident when the same party speaks, acts and behaves with the air of superiority and the sound of glee.

The above observations provide more than enough reason why the repeated call for reconciliation between the key contending political parties in the Philippines are futile. The deep division between them will not only remain but would probably become worse—until the truth come to fore.

It is only the emergence of truth that can cure the bitter division that lying, cheating and stealing bring to society in general, to leading political parties in particular. Anything less than truth is vanity and futility in the quest for and pursuit of reconciliation.

+O. V. CRUZ, D.D.
3 September 2006