I know this is easier said than done, but something we must all strive to attain. For Christians among us, the faith and its teachings demand this as a minimum as virtues are much harder to reach. For Filipinos professing to democratic, this is also a minimum demand, and becomes even more crucial to those who claim to know or be better than others.
QUOTING THE MASTERS Series
To one that advised him to set up a democracy in Sparta, “Pray,” said Lycurgus, “do you first set a democracy in your own house.”
~ Lycurgus (850 BC)
And so, almost 3,000 years ago, the concept of democracy was already being discussed. From concept to experimentation took millennia, and that is where humanity is today – just experimenting with democracy. How much of the world is not yet out of the age of authoritarianism? How much of the world called democratic do not want to stay there when internal turmoil cannot be settled? Truly democracy is so august a concept that it defies understanding by the crowd and the fearful.
Because democracy demands human virtues which too few are willing and determined to adhere to in their lives. Respect. Civility. Acceptance of the majority will. Primacy of the common good. Equality in worth and dignity.