Is Change Attainable? (Editor's Note: Changing Human Character and Conduct Is a Tall Order as Noted by the Author.)
Byline: Romeo V. Pefianco
LAUNCHING a serious and sincere moral revolution is risky business. Its obvious intent is to change people - their old habits, conduct, politics, and character - for the better at least.
The organizers will tell us to repent, report, and repent some more. Moral leaders like John the Baptist was highly qualified, without question. And what happened to John, cousin of Christ?
In our time, yes in February, 2008, who can visibly qualify for moral leadership. The religious leaders, civic leaders, and politicians?
Who can lead?
Can religious leaders who secretly accepted donations like cold cash for charity, etc. stand in front of this revolution?
Would people believe the trapos (traditional politicians) the ones who bought votes or spread terror at election time?
Moral revolution is not akin to shouting to children to raise their hands and stamp approval on a political document such as the January, 1973 Constitution instituting dictatorship for 13 years, five months, and four days (Sept. 21, 1972 to Feb. 25, 1986).
Not the right source or inspiration
There's also a loud call for moral revolution from the Palace corridors. But this is not the right time for them to do so for reasons too obvious to utter.
Must moral revolution start from low or high? The easier alternative is not to order or shout for officials to mend their ways. There's the basic rule to obey today and tomorrow: Lead and live by example.
Closer look at conduct
Very few Filipinos can even approximate the above. Like last week's official statement from a leader that: Filipinos, by their political culture, are familiar with corrupt practices. Therefore...
How in heaven's name can we change ourselves if officialdom itself from generals down or up cannot mend themselves?
Having mistresses or lovers or changing spouses here and there cannot be kept a secret for long. Chismis (gossip) is more than a way of life with us, especially among the poor who have no TV sets to watch or radios to give news, music and soap. …