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Friday, 09 January 2015 11:42

By REMEDIOS F. MARMOLEÑO

 

Everyday we make decisions. These can range from the  trivial ones to the really serious ones. Trivial ones can be :  Should I wear the blue or the green shirt? Should I invite this friend or that to merienda this afternoon?  Would that the  decisions we have to make are limited to such as these; these decisions are so much easier to make and their consequences cause hardly a ripple in our lives.

But the reality of life is that we are just as often called on to make decisions whose consequences will go far beyond the pleasure of sharing an afternoon merienda with a friend. We often have to make decisions that are difficult to make, difficult because we are not always sure that that the intended good we wish to achieve with the decision is really good. And even if we are sure about the good that can result from the decision we are not always in control of the variables that will allow the good to be achieved.

It is in  situations where the consequences of our decision will have an  impact not just on our life but also on  the life of others that we must carefully make what is called informed decisions.

Informed decisions are not only influenced by our personal value system but also by relevant and reliable information that we have on the matter that we are making a decision on.

A matter that has come up often in our media is that of human trafficking. I can understand why some people fall into the pitiful condition of being trafficked. They are attracted by the promises of wages/salaries way above what they currently earn in the Philippines. However in their eagerness to make money they neglect to check other information that they should have instead of simply relying on what  they are told by their recruiters.

Or take the victims of what is often referred to as the budol-budol gangs. (Is that the correct name of these scammers? But you know what I mean.) I cannot understand why anyone would entrust several thousands of one’s money to people one has just met?

Or what would make a young person leave his/her family behind to join a jihadist group half a world away? To fight injustice in the world? But  this aim cannot be achieved by carrying out other forms of injustice, such as the right to profess the faith one has chosen.

Rarely can we say with 100% confidence that the decision we just made will bring about the good that we have in mind. This being so,  everyday we need to learn more about the world we are in so that our knowledge can help us make  better  decisions.