March 29, 2007

The means and the end of Jun Ducat

I’m pretty sure that Jun Ducat has become a household name by now. But for the benefit of those who don’t know him. He was the 56 year civil engr. who hostaged a busload of 32 children and 2 teachers. He however released them after making his demands heard, and a candle lighting ceremony. He demanded education for the children, better lives for his countrymen and all that jazz. More of the news here.
I pray that this whole incident is not just a political agenda by those who benefited from the incident *coughs revilla,singson* If that is the case then I would jump off the nearest bridge.
What happened reminded me of our Philo subject way back in college about morality specifically about the concept that the end justifies the means. Our professor said that the end never justifies the means. Employing bad means even with good intentions is never right. It is the act itself that makes something right or justifiable. We argued with him and cited several examples but in the end he got us convinced. Yes morality is not black and white and has a lot of gray areas. But we can’t deny that black and white areas do exist. And deceitful means is clearly a black area. Let’s not confuse ourselves with over thinking. Going back to the story of Jun Ducat. What was he thinking? I guess he’s going through some Robin Hood complex or whatever. Even if the government will hold their end of the bargain which is rather unlikely did he ever thought of the effect of it to the children? Or the example he will set to society? The children appear to be unharmed and haven’t displayed any psychological effects yet. But they will grow up thinking that our country has become so hopeless that you need to stage a hostage just to be heard. And some might probably consider what Ducat did as a heroic act and do a copy cat. Violating human rights to promotes human welfare. Doing injustice to promote justice. Killing to promote life. Where’s the sense in all that? I find it all quite absurd. Altogether let’s jump off that bridge; it seems to be a sane act compared to all this nonsense. But seriously, I take what happened as a calling, a challenge, as a wake up call…an alarm bell that have rung off a long long time ago but still resounding till now.

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Cai said...

ang dumi nga nung nangyari.. hinaluan pa ang pulitika.. tsk tsk..
btw, raine, pacomment naman sa new look ng blog ko.. ahehehe..
Sana nga pwede na naming (i.ph users) i-overcustomize ang mga blogs namin.. hehe..

Raine said...

@cai:oo nga eh :) nagcomment na ako sana di ka nagsisi sa paghingi mo sa opinion ko hahaha

Cai said...

aye oo naman..madaming salamat raine! hehe.. mas maayos na ung itsura ng blog ko ngaun..salamat talaga sa mga comments nyo!
gusto mo ba ng FREE broadband? ahehe

Raine said...

@cai:no probs..basta ikaw hehehe uy pumunta na ako, kaw ha...april fools day lang pala hmp!