TURNING POINT: Vulgarity: a New Filipino Virtue?

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NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews / 11 Apr) – Discipline is teaching – to inculcate in learners behavior that is universally desirable and to eschew what is not. The focus is on what children are expected and allowed to do. It is teaching and encouraging kids to internalize virtues that ignoble rather than debase life. The most effective way to teach such virtues that define one’s behavior is by modelling, that is, for adults to show the young the personification of these virtues in the way they conduct themselves in life arena.

And for such teaching to be compelling, adults should walk their talk.

No persons should pretend parenting or leadership unless he is a model of good behavior.

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Vulgar is funny.

Vulgarity is fast becoming a virtue a leader should possess to become popular and acceptable.

Consider the President of the Republic of the Philippines.

While no less than the Armed Forces were alarmed by the provocative massing of Chinese vessels near Pag-asa island, only some 400 km west of Puerto Princesa, Palawan, the President of the nation was trying to win votes in the province for his anointed senatorial candidates bragging to the crowd about his humongous penis, his magnificent erection, his walking naked in a hotel hallway. Like all his vulgar rousers, his dick talk brought encouraging laughter to his adoring supporters.

Election is a serious business. Let no trash talk blur our choice. We should try our best to choose candidates our kids can look up to and who can make them disciples in self-control, fortitude, honesty and respect for person and life.

The young is the future. A sustainable way to end corruption, the drug menace and other forms of criminally is not through wanton extermination of suspects or criminals but by teaching the young virtues on becoming good, discerning and responsible law abiding citizens.

And let us not forget that leaders are among the best teachers.

Let us protect the younger generation from dishonest, morally toxic and vulgar leaders who have no fear of God and respect for life.

(MindaViews is the opinion section of MindaNews. William R. Adan, Ph.D., is retired professor and former chancellor of Mindanao State University at Naawan, Misamis Oriental, Philippines.)

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