A disturbing development is taking place around us.

Long established folkways that have proved conducive to the welfare of society and have become part of daily living are being challenged by people who call themselves “anti-establishment.”

Time magazine put in the form of question on the cover of its April 3, 2017 issue one of those folkways.

“Is Truth Dead?”

In the face of a President who can’t be taken at his word, whose 70% of his statements during the 2016 elections were found out to be false by PolitiFact, while 4% were entirely true and 11% mostly true, the Americans face a huge challenge.

There need to be trust between the governor and the governed.

Belief in the governor by the governed is vital.

The governed should also know the beliefs of the governor.

It seems a crucial problem has evolved in these two areas.

With the aid of social media, especially Facebook and Twitter, the old saying that a “lie gets halfway around the world before truth has a chance to get its pants on” is reinforced greatly.

In the Philippines, there are also attempts to make social mores irrelevant.

If left unchecked, it could succeed.

Those who also brand themselves “anti-establishment” want their fellow Filipinos to accept and believe their distorted views.

Some of those beliefs are:

1. Killing people is the solution to drug problem of society;

2. It is ok for married men to have mistress;

3. It is ok to ignore the rule of law selectively;

4. It is ok to curse;

5. It is ok to accuse a person publicly even before a case is filed in court;

6. It is ok to curse church prelates.

If the above are to be followed and believed, then, I’m afraid life in the Philippines, or anywhere else, is headed on a wrong direction.

And if a President’s words cannot be trusted and is always suspecting conspiracy, how can he govern realistically?

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