Our perpetual search for new information or knowledge is mind-boggling. As we mature we are faced with different set of circumstances that dictate how we approach our yearning for literacy. Whether learning a new language, acquiring new skills, or embracing ideologies, it is without question a greater responsibility once we acquire them. Our newfound expertise can lead to regrettable lifestyles or a better career.
In the mid-1980’s, Manila is littered with mass actions calling for the ousting of the sitting president. Ideologies were a dime a dozen enticing young people to join and raise arms against the government. They catch young fragile minds at their peak of vulnerability. The exciting eye-opening doctrines seep into their inner being raising awareness for the country and their countrymen. Ideas and theories of the mind that are perfect in text and have no chance in coming into fruition. Yet, these young minds pursue the perpetual fight for change. I still have family and friends that are sacrificing, not only their lives but also their children’s lives, just to see the day their ideologies come to life. In the meantime, the whole world and countless of opportunities are often neglected.
These same ideologies spread like wildfire in the countryside. Opening the eyes and minds of the once illiterate farmers exposing that they are subjects to atrocities by the landowners. Landowners are often well connected and employ their private armies to
curtail any threat to their interests. Hundreds if not thousands of lives were lost to “salvages” murder-for-hire death squads that eliminate farmers who are beginning to show signs of assertion. The farmers strive for the betterment of their quality of life by becoming learned and skilled individual are often time met with death and destruction. Certainly, it is a high price to pay for literacy.
Extremism and literacy go hand in hand. In today’s daily threat of terrorism, it is not difficult to ascertain that the majority of extremists that commit these acts of terrorism are very literate and intelligent individuals. Literacy if left unbalance can have catastrophic consequences. The training and manipulation of such individuals will always be a continuous threat to our nation’s national security. Let us take Osama Bin Laden, who at one time an asset to our country’s interests in the Middle East is now our country’s biggest mistake.
Higher education, revered and most sought-after in a lot of third world countries, is imperative if one wants to survive. In the Philippines, for instance, applying for an office secretarial position will most often require a bachelor’s degree. And there is an abundance of degree holders fighting for a single position. This leads to a prevalence of diploma mill institutions of higher education. Not to say that higher institutions of learning in the Philippines are all compromised, but lesser quality institutions are on the rise. Increase population of highly...