Choice and Choices

My previous post that I entitled “The Poor Children” was published by the Philippine Daily Inquirer on October 12, 2012.

Several comments about it appeared in the website of the Inquirer. But I received one directly to my email. Here it is:

“Just read your article on the subject.

Let’s admit Kesz is an exception and be realistic that majority of the kids will never be like Kesz.
It is easier to say, educate them and let them have all the children they want, than done.

The state is free to pass the RH bill to provide couples the CHOICE.  Likewise the Church is free to educate her flocks.

Let the couple decide on what is best for them. We cannot dictate what is good for them.
Then, we pray, pray, pray that they will have the right decision.  Have faith.

Have a blessed day.”

I sent this good person this reply:

“Thanks for the comments. I appreciate them very much.

Yes, that’s easier said than done. Doing anything good was never easy anyway. It has always been easier to destroy than to build.

Yes, the state is free to do whatever it wants. But unfortunately, freedom can go in two diverse ways: there’s the right way, there’s the wrong way. In the end freedom is true and authentic when it serves to achieve what is true and good.

Choice is a favorite word these days. We want to have a whole range of choices. It’s enough to go to any mall to see how many choices are open to us. The question I ask is: does having many choices improve our lives? Does having 500 cable TV channels to choose from improve our lives? Does having many choices for social networking improve our lives? Did the people of developing countries who have many choices of methods of contraception available to them improve their lives? Are they happier? It seems to me that it’s not a matter of having many possible choices. It’s about having the right direction that helps us make the right choices.

Faith, yes faith. It’s the year of faith for the Catholics. Thanks for the reminder to have faith.

God bless you.”

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