Monsod: The country needs more heroes

By Roi Anthoni B. Lomotan

DUMAGUETE CITY, Feb. 19 (PIA) – Newspaper columnist and economics professor Solita Monsod says the country’s problems on economy and politics can be solved if more people will take the path of heroism than just being passive acceptors of the prevailing evils in the society.

Monsod shared this in a forum with mass communication students of Silliman University (SU) on Feb. 16 at the university audio-visual theater.

Philippine Daily Inquirer columnist Solita "Winnie" Monsod (L) and Atty. Raul Pangalangan, Publisher of the Inquirer answers questions from mass communication students of Silliman University in a forum held at the university audio-visual theater last Feb. 16 (PIA7-NegOr)
Philippine Daily Inquirer columnist Solita “Winnie” Monsod (L) and Atty. Raul Pangalangan, Publisher of the Inquirer answers questions from mass communication students of Silliman University in a forum held at the university audio-visual theater last Feb. 16 (PIA7-NegOr)

The event was organized by SU College of Mass Communication, in partnership with Philippine Daily Inquirer, one of the prominent newspapers in the country.

In her presentation, Monsod pointed out that the country needs more heroes, ordinary people who do social action in an extraordinary manner to counter the evil that is present in the society which hinders the development of the country.

Monsod also emphasizes that the evil triumphs when good people become passive acceptors or do nothing to correct it.

“We can become heroes when our thoughts move from me to we. We become heroes when act instead of being passive. We become heroes when we deviate from the normal way of doing things,” Monsod said.

“What is required for this social action to be extraordinary? It is in an action in behalf of other people or moral cause or principle. It is an action that is done without the thought of reward,” she added.

Monsod urges young people to be more sensitive to the needs of others and be critical thinkers for this will encourage them to do more social actions.

On the other hand, Monsod calls evil as the exercise of power to harm somebody or destroy an idea.

“That is why corruption is evil. You exercise your power to benefit yourself or your family or your friends. We are a nation that is afflicted with evil and we are a nation that needs to have heroes,” Monsod declared.

“The way to solve the problems in the Philippines, whether in politics and economics is for more people to be socio-centric,” she concluded.

Monsod’s lecture in Silliman is anchored on the study by social psychologist Philip Zimabardo who believes that there is a permeable line between evil and heroism. (ral/PIA7-NegOr)

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