Friday, August 5, 2016

How About Prevention?

There's no denying the fact that our nation is sick. Seems near to terminal level and if not addressed soon, things might turn out to be fatal, that is if it's not yet.

Just like a sick person, there must be something done to get back our country's health. Like most illness, there's a need for consultation, observation and tests. There are cures available but we can't just jump quickly into one if we are serious in fighting society problems. Let's keep in mind that if we are not careful enough, it may cause further damage to what we are trying to fix. Like medicines, some of these may have side effects which can cause more damage than the disease it tries to heal. That's why a doctor considers all aspects first before prescribing one for an individual. 


And often times, prevention is always the best solution just like how upholding and strengthening moral values would strengthen and uplift an ill society. There are some institutions who call for these things. Most policies that are made focus on the end effects and on curbing the problems that are already existing but the promotion of values to counter these diseases of our society from the onset is usually left out. Yet, sadly, those who are trying to fill up that void are being silenced by people who think that these things are counter productive to the policies that are being enforced. Then those who remind us of our values are branded as hypocrites. Ironic that these institutions are silenced to shame by the same ones who are calling for speech and choice freedom.

And we rarely hear our leaders and lawmakers concern themselves about it. They often want the easy way out, not taking the problems on the core but address only what is obvious. For survival, they push for what's popular and not what is necessary. I wonder why people love leaders doing populist solutions when the reason why we put them there is that we think they know better than us and believe that they have more aces up their sleeves that none of us have and thought about. If we are just electing people whom we think will do what most people would, are we not taking advantage of our right of suffrage to put in position someone whom we recognize could think brighter than most of us? 

But definitely, something has to be done to impose and enforce the law to everyone. And there's nothing wrong with either approach as long as they are done within the bounds of the law. A problem so deep needs a multi-faceted approach. A sick person needs to be treated while the healthy ones, which are the majority, needs to learn how to prevent the illnesses.

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