How to Live


A few days ago, I experienced something that I never thought would actually happen- I was called a liar.

Though it may seem impossible, I believe in worthwhile veracity as much as I believe in liberty.  For me, lying has always been a capital sin. You may ask, why?  Well in my belief, lies lead to bigger lies in which these lies lead to bigger transgressions that we can never ever take back. Examples of these lies are cheating, stealing, and plagiarizing.

And that’s why I never did it, nor will I ever do it.

When I was called a liar, I simply made a face, but deep down inside I wanted to confront that person, to prove that person wrong, and to tell that person that I was only doing the right thing, no matter how hard it was for some people to believe in the right things.

Surprisingly, I decided to calm myself down and began to contemplate on some things first.  After a few succinct hours, I have come to the realization that even when others have different perspectives, opinions, and actions, we, as fair citizens of the society have to know that the greatest legacy that we could ever live by is by being good people.

We have to be good even if others take their toll, we have to be good even if others force themselves to what they call “happiness”, and finally, we have to be good even if others still cannot afford to do so.

As I continue to remember that traumatizing experience, all I ever ask myself is  “am I already good enough? or is there something else lacking in the legacy that I have always dreamed of? “

My dearest Filipino youth, I am encouraging you not to think otherwise when it comes to justifying the means, for it was mentioned in the words of Lao Tzu that we should always “Treat those who are good with goodness, and also treat those who are not good with goodness. Thus goodness is attained. Be honest to those who are honest, and be also honest to those who are not honest. Thus honesty is attained.”


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