By Francis Balagosa
At this modern epoch, people have grown in a world where everything seems so different from the past and it is because of the changes that happened in our society. It affected our fashion, food, architecture, agriculture, medicine, and even our values. There is a delicate line between the positive and negative effects that this modernization has come up. We are thankful that it helped our way in medication and our industry, it improved our way of life-for totality-it made our life easier and convenient. , in fact, as what Theodore Roszak have said “High tech is embedded in the texture of industrial history; it needs to be planned into existence. Otherwise…it will become the same sort of jolting, humanly wasteful leap from one economic stage to another that produced the worst hardships of the first industrial revolution.”
Yet some of us today requester the existence of rapid changes that destroys humanity that occur in our society because of all the great things that it contributed lays the reality that we, Filipinos tend to forget the real values that suppose to shroud in our heart. The values that our ancestors have bequeathed on us were all put to shame because it was not given importance. They thought that their legacy of preserving the real Filipino values will continue for last and will help in the sustainability and improvement of our country. Indeed, those were all buried in a deep terrain.
Just a proof that you can notice in a corridor, a student would not even say, “Good morning or Good afternoon”, or while the teacher is going to dismiss the class, the students would be in hurry to leave the room when in fact the teacher haven’t yet dismissed the class. Not only students are seen in this usual scenarios, even teachers did not respect their fellow teachers-they’re fund of flinging harsh words against their co-teachers. Even a child would have the force to argue with his parent. These are just the results of too much exposure to the reality of the earthly modernization.
William Cobbett has said that machines are the product of the mind of man; and their existence distinguishes the civilized man from the savage. We have given the chance to discover new great things which aims to develop our ways of life; by this our technology lifted us from scarcity. Indeed, there is no reason to put our blame in modernization, in fact it is us who don’t know how to mange technology.
Remember that modernization does not tend to make destruction; it is just us who manages the factors that cause the phantoms that we are facing nowadays. We don’t have to blame the reality for having our youths who have “value-deteriorated disease” but us ourselves who haven’t seen the real lesson on the test. Having this era tests us to be more realistic and how much our concern in our Mother Nature. The pessimistic results of the rapid changes in our society only shows that we can make more out of our knowledge that will help in the progress not only of our selves but also for the economic growth of our country.
For youths, the line between these things are meant to taught you how to manage and balance the gifts of the world-not to praise it, not to give the most importance to it, and not to abuse it but to take use of it as an element for making this world a better place. Because we are expected by Dr. Jose Rizal as the hope of our father land, we should not put him to a big shame-let us obliterate the statement that says, “It’s hard to make a difference especially with the kind of youth we have nowadays”, let us prove to them that even though we are at this age and more of our fellow youths have “value-deteriorated disease” we can still rise the banner that will lift our legacy as youths. We cannot erase in the pages of time the existence of the high-technology that we consider as a factor that deteriorates our aspects in life, the proper and right way to use this great things the modernization has given us would be the best thing that we can do.