Can we live according to the "rule of law"?

Philippines
January 28, 2013 8:24pm CST
I remembered one blog article that I stumbled before saying that the Philippines will never be a great nation unless we learn to live by the principle of the "rule of law". For me this is true. Most but not all can't follow simple rules and regulations. Signage that says "No smoking" but still you can see smokers are still piling up, No loitering sign, Bus stops here, No loading/unloading, etc..These are just some of the examples that we can't follow. Are we not that discipline? What are your thoughts on this?
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5 responses
• Philippines
29 Jan 13
what is freedom if it has limits? what is democracy if you do not have your freedom? most people are naturally born stubborn and it's really hard for them to follow even the simplest rules ever though they tell themselves to live according to the rules and principles of their country.
• Philippines
29 Jan 13
I've got your point. But freedom and democracy don't always go hand in hand. You are right that we are naturally burn stubborn but I think we are not really discipline enough to follow rules. I admit being one.
• Philippines
29 Jan 13
What your asking for is total freedom which might turn into complete anarchy. No rules or limitation, just go all the way. either that is an utopia of everything or a catastrophe of all sorts. Putting limits is not bad as long as it also protects you and others, and there is still a sense of fairness to parties involved. People might be stubborn to follow the law but at least they know the object of their stubbornness.
@rsa101 (13337)
• Philippines
30 Jan 13
Yeah sad to say we lack this self discipline when we are in our own country. But Filipinos in general can discipline themselves if they are prompted to. If you would see many successful OFWs prosper in other countries because they follow the discipline that foreign lands imposed on them. That is why they also benefit from what these laws imposed on them. Locally, there is a tendency to always avoid the law if they can to outdo the law or outdo others for their own benefit.
• Philippines
31 Jan 13
Hi rsa101. I'm an ex-ofw myself. Working in a foreign land will help you wonder why their country is so rich. Rarely you can see offenders, they follow traffic rules, street is clean, honest people and safe even if you walk alone in the middle of the night.
• Philippines
29 Jan 13
Enforcement and attitude change are keys in this issue. Some people in this country are chronic rule-breakers but put them in another country and they follow the law as sheep. Perhaps, being a minority is an issue for them.
• Philippines
29 Jan 13
Yep! Enforcement of the law. That can be the best possible solution.
@chiyosan (29383)
• Philippines
29 Jan 13
You bet i believe this is true. We will never walk up a step up the ladder when we are always like this. Simple rules, we aren't able to follow. I agree with you on those you have mentioned especially the part that most of us are not disciplined. You see, this country does need more than democracy, we can't be this free and live as if there are no rules and that we will always break them because no one is sanctioned anyway... like everybody is doing it and everybody is getting away with it as well. Filipinos whether they admit it or not are way too hard headed sometimes, and this is the main reason why we are not going forward. We have always been laid back... other countries strive to be better, to improve whilst we strive to retire! he he
• Philippines
29 Jan 13
Good thing you mentioned other countries. Discipline can be one factor why we are still a 3rd world country. According to one article that I read before, Philippines are rich in resources but lack in discipline. Man power, natural resources, brain power, name it and we have it.
@julyteen (13261)
• Davao, Philippines
29 Jan 13
Because people are hard headed and no discipline themselves. Yes I agree, sometimes I will violates the law because of some valid reason but constantly doing it is not good for us and also to our nation.
• Philippines
29 Jan 13
I agree. Well for me, I'm trying to correct all those small things. I am even an advocate for change to all of my friends. Good thing that they are slowly learning and trying to change the old habits.