Facts: Fakes

READERS' VIEWS - The Freeman

How can a person determine facts? How could people claim that something is a fact? What if the data is shown and is presented as a manipulated fact? Is there a manipulation of facts?

Being soon to be a father I asked myself what kind of a world will welcome my offspring. What government will we soon have and what kind of parent will I become? And lastly what kind of environment the child will grow in?

I find myself awkwardly thinking about all of these? Am I not too advance in thinking about what the future holds? Or am I just afraid that in this digital world everything could not be real or maybe the truth can also be manipulated and that soon creates pollution may like in a cyber world?

Scrolling on different websites and web pages upon surfing the internet I found out that there is a major war that is happening yet so silent. War can happen in a physical clash of armor and fighters but this one is different!

I felt so sad seeing upon reading that information disguised like claimed facts; fakes claimed facts or fact claimed fakes!

What kind of people are some of us? Television portrays anger, hatred, and vengeance against a certain person or family. Churches serving a specific person or group.

There are relationships like friendships being shaken because people have different stands, opinions, perspectives, and beliefs. The worst scenario is that you can see one wanting respect while disrespecting others. Some groups presented facts while some disregarded them. Many individuals try to spread false information or even sugarcoated fake information to make them sound true.

This movement is a sign of the deterioration of the rich Filipino culture.

I was taught to be obedient, respectful, kind, and loving.

These teachings from my parents and teachers have molded me into what I became today and the way I perceived things.

All glory to God for giving me such inspiration of hope and faith and that these beautiful things will be experienced by my children.

My childhood was full of superstitious beliefs like always saying “puhon” or soon when expressing and telling plans and goals.

This kind of belief isn’t a fact. It became my guiding principle to always be hopeful.

Facts are something that is proven to be true while fakes are not genuine.

Now it’s a matter of choice whether you believe in a fact or discover the authenticity of the presented facts or being fooled by fakes that claimed to be facts. Don’t get it wrong, there is always doubt now in whatever you see, especially on social media.

The world in which I want to welcome my forthcoming child is the real world, not digitally controlled. I want an environment motivated by the strong foundation of Filipino culture, the family, because everybody may leave or turn their backs to you but not your family. Blood is thicker than water and that is a big fact where you can feel a genuine love that is never fake.

Algene Traya Radana

Canlumampao Elementary School

Bagakay, Toledo City


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