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A Christian Institution Advocating Quality Education

"The Virtue of Honesty"
Written by Kryzal Gansowen   
Wednesday, 17 December 2008 14:48

 

The theme "How to Live the Virtue of Honesty as a Filipino Youth and Student" is the basis of the oratorical contest sponsored by BCPO, Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen and Professionals in launching the advocacy of the National "Be Honest" Campaign program since 2003 as a response to the prevalence of corruption and dishonesty that currently plagues our society.

Now, I would like to share my oratorical piece (to be) delivered on November 18, 2009 at the Baguio City Hall. 

Fellow youth, leaders, ladies and gentlemen! We are in the twenty-first century but our problem on dishonesty and corruption is deeply rooted in the many years of dominance and manipulation of political, social and economic power. Thus, we the youth and we, students should strive hard to understand and act by not repeating a dark history.

Our great national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, once said, "The youth is the hope of the fatherland." Yes, we are the hope of the fatherland if we make a difference. How do we do it?

Honesty is the best policy. However, it is hardly ever done. Everybody is so untrue. Honesty is often repeated in songs, in books, in school, in sermons from authority, but honesty is ignored greatly especially to unprepared students during periodical tests and licensure examinations. These have been happening and in fact during the 2006 Nursing Board, cheating became the issue. One thing more, dishonesty has always become the issue during local and national elections. Thus, if only honesty is taken seriously, then the problem of dishonesty that leads to corruption will be solved. If we cannot expect a perfect society, then problems should be minimized to the fullest if we act now to look and pray for solutions.

Fellow students, let us act now! Stop making alibis! Stop telling lies! For those alibis and lies are your escape from responsibilities. The alibis and lies destroy friendship, trustworthiness and respect. Remember that once you destroy that trust, it is very difficult to get back what was lost. Let us be true to ourselves. Let us not be confused on the things we see around us. Let us be honest even if we see and feel the dishonesty of others. Let us pray for the souls of the dishonest and corrupt. This is the challenge to us, youth.

I thank the BCPO, Brotherhod of Christian Businessmen and Professionals in launching this oratorical contest to advocate the virtue of honesty. I am confident to say that the youth have also contributed very greatly to human progress insports, in academic excellence, and in services. Some become members of organizations established by agencies, religious ministrie, the Kabataang Barangay, YMCA, the Young Men's Christian Association, PMHA, the Philippine Mental Health Association, and other civic organizations.

Above all, ladies and gentlemen, I reiterate the challenge to us youth and students.  The virtue of honesty should start within us. Proverbs 16:3 reminds us, "Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed." In this verse, I do believe that having courage and faith in our hearts will give us a better world - a place of love, hope and peace.

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Published on Eastertide, June - October 2008 issue.

 

 

 

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