By Kevin Q. Alaban | Associate Editor
Vol. XCI No. 2 — Aug. 7, 2019
In his famous book entitled “Inferno,” the author Dan Brown once noted, “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.” In the same vein, Napoleon Bonaparte also said, “The world suffers a lot. Not because of the violence of bad people but because of the silence of good people.”
Timely and relevant enough, life nowadays, especially at this age of adolescence, does not only give people situations that test their own personal compass as an individual but also scenarios that put into struggle with their belief and opinion as part of the greater community. After all, these dilemmas on the right moral thinking and doing do extend from returning a lost and found phone, weighing on opinions to accused stealing; and until issues on security and threat, either the local and national level, and the fate of some good people around, especially to a Sillimanian. On a side note, when and how does an opinion form?
Likely similar to a piece of past advice given in the column before, voicing out is rather one basic action. Letting oneself be heard by the people involves waking them up to the truth that there is really a problem. Considering the country’s democratic governance, opinions, small or big, has the right to be heard. To have a conducive space for learning and developing as a person, the system must practice give and take of essential elements such as information and support to acquire a rather balanced relationship.
The administering sector must give those it considers to be colleagues the right and validated information so that strong and on the point of views and opinions commence in the head and consciousness of those people who do not only care due to empathy but rather to those who will also be directly affected by the content of this circulated information. Validated information that truly withholds the truth as reflected in the investigations and discussions help suppress anxiety especially with the proliferation of fake news.
Meanwhile, we must be vigilant enough to filter out the real from fake. Opinions that matter are those that went through an analysis upon which all possible sides and angles are involved. One should not essentially pour out opinions that only cling on emotional tendencies. One must base it on what is obviously seen, and sound. However, people don’t fundamentally see the same thing. Opinions vary from angle to angle.