Neutrality is not healthy

It’s better to have a fair opinion rather than being neutral. Recently, the Philippine Congress voted Death Penalty for the third and final reading. However, one person abstained. I do not criticize the congressmen who voted “yes.” Though I desist death penalty, everyone is entitled to their beliefs on why they are in favor.

What infuriates me is the existence of an neutral vote. In this society, taking a stand is important. Standing in the middle is not helping in the improvement of society. It promotes passiveness in tackling social issues and problems. Though some opinions present radical views, it is better to have those kind of opinions rather than saying nothing.

However, sometimes, being neutral is excused if one is not aware of the full context of the issue. Neutrality can only be used by people who wants to take stand on an issue but he/she is not fully aware of the issue. For me, that is forgivable. It is better to have a neutral stand than stating an opinion that is out of context.

But, it is fitting to remember that as Christians, we should not stand idle and see our neighbors suffering. We should not stand idle even though our neighbor is being defamed by other people. Being neutral in these situations is a sin. You could’ve helped your neighbor but you remained neutral because you don’t want to get involved.

You cannot just stay idle if you see that other people are doing wrong and unjust things such as destroying one’s reputation. You cannot just stay idle if someone does bad things to other people in front of you just so because your reasoning is that “I am not involved in this situation.”

It is easy to say that you should not get involved in other people’s issues. But, what if you know the person? What if that person is dear to you? Would you stand idle while someone attacks that person whom you consider as a significant other? Face facts. It’s easy to give an advice. But, do remember different situations have different impacts on people. It may feel petty for you but it can be serious for others.



Defamation: Just an opinion

It’s offending to hear that by insulting someone can be considered as simple as being “opinionated” or “assertive.”

Defaming or insulting someone is not being opinionated. An opinion, defined as “the view somebody takes about an issue,” requires diligence in choosing the right words to convey the right meaning. Being opinionated means “the lack of willingness to change strongly held views.”

Now, telling someone that he/she is “unintelligent” is not being opinionated. It is an insult to a person’s reputation. It tantamounts to destroying one’s reputation. It is not, by all means, being opinionated.

Let us all remember that opinion is personal take on a certain issue, not a personal attack. Attacking is different from giving a stance towards an issue.

It is disheartening. That by destroying one’s reputation, one exercises his/her right to express personal opinion.