Business World - - OPINION - ROBERT J.A. BASILIO, JR.

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.

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