at that time lived just as simply as Magsaysay and his family did, while adhering to a high moral standard.
I have found myself retelling this story to any one who would care to read or listen since Jun shared it with us. Because I believe one need not be wealthy or influential to have good taste, or to be correct, or to be courteous. Taste, decency, and sense of propriety do not come from money, not even from education. These all start from having a strong sense of right and wrong, from having a sense of modesty, from respecting one’s self and others, and from having dignity and recognizing that in others.
It also comes from having scruples, or that feeling of doubt or hesitation or reluctance or uneasiness to do something that one thinks or feels may be wrong. I believe we must resurrect scruples, and encourage the thinking that one must always deliberate the morality or propriety of a course of action before actually doing anything. “Just do it” just don’t cut it, anymore.