A Take On: Manny Pacquiao on Same-Sex Marriage

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I know it’s a bit late to post about this, but it sure is dragging and I’m getting frustrated.

There’s nothing wrong with having your own stand on same-sex marriage, supported by your beliefs or not.

But it is not wise to use what you believe in to remove others of their own; to impose your beliefs on them; to dehumanize them.

Especially as a politician, as you are deciding for the good of all. It is not about religion. It is not about your beliefs. It’s civil marriage in the first place. To get married is a right, regardless of gender, for it is not just about the ceremony, or building a family; it’s for the civil rights that come along with it.

To go into the murky waters of religion and personal beliefs is beyond me. It is not the time to take his beliefs against him, beliefs that are believed by a million others, beliefs which of conviction varies from perspective – no, this is not the time to be a hypocrite and say things against him of the same nature that he had uttered. It also isn’t the time to drag entertainment into politics, or to compare Jose Rizal and Pacquiao, when patriotism, and even more so, literature (the line, “Ang hindi magmahal sa sariling wika ay mas masahol pa sa malansang isda” – or “One who does not love his own language is worse than a stinking fish” is from the poem, “Sa Aking Mga Kabata”, compared to Pacquiao’s remark, “Kung lalaki sa lalaki, babae sa babae, mas masahol pa sa hayop ang tao”, or “If man approves of male on male or female on female, then man is worse than animals.”) is different from homophobia.

Each to their own, with respect, objectiveness, and a mind to your own role and obligations to draw the boundaries.

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On Faith

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Belief is different from truth. Say, a man about to cross a bridge can believe that a bridge can support his weight, but the truth whether it can or not is still yet to be seen by crossing it. If the truth is found after experience, and belief is made by our own intuition, what about faith? Is it believing in your own perception of truth?

If it is, It is a truth that you yourself can only hold evidence of, making one a man standing in front of a bridge that can only be held up by his own convictions.

With this in mind, it’s already a given that faith sounds ridiculous, what with our need of justification and proof, but it’s also ironic, and at the same time, powerful. Ironic as though we all criticize faith at one time or other, when we search ourselves, we all believe in something that cannot be proven as true, and only because we want it to be. Powerful, as faith is made by our own convictions, therefore protected by it. When a man is resolute upon his faith, when his beliefs are his truths, criticism and doubt may either bounce off a confident heart and deaf ears or fuel him to defend it, so much that it can lead to blood.

As an afterthought, one’s faith can mask other knowledge or truth one possesses, or clash with another. The first being that what you believe is right is not equal to what is right, and what is right remains tentative on the different grounds that we base on to live and function. As for the second, when faith is believing in something that is not only true but right for all, it’s either our own faith is something we keep to ourselves out of sensitivity for others’, or we reach out to convince them to see as we see. I think, however, that for those two situations and for all, it’s better for everyone as a whole to accept that one’s faith is one’s own, and for everyone to overlap differences and arrive at the same sensibilities.

I have my own faith, one that I quit on countless of times only to go back again. It’s strong enough that I can think of faith in general and go through various old college textbooks (and Wikipedia pages) trying to find thorough answers without doubting my own. I guess that’s another complication for faith: when your own truth and knowledge has the ability to hold you back from pursuing and studying more. I’m glad, then, that I’ve overcome it.

Even if it did give two evenings’ worth of a headache.