Finding our middle ground: this idea at the end of the talk after the field trip to Bantayog ng Mga Bayani is something I’ve reflected on since then, and there is a lot to think about contained in that single idea.
The world population is currently 7.1 billion, and according to the Express Tribune, a French Study says that by 2050, it is projected to be at 9.1 billion. And under that single statistic is a web of countless more: nationalities, cultures, languages, cuisines, ideologies, political and economic structures, you name them. We can thus only barely fathom all the diversity in our one home planet.
Diversity, in itself, has posed tons of major problems around the world, across seas and land forms. We don’t have to search hard to find examples in the two World Wars, which have had underlying tones of racial discrimination, of elite and lesser races, and in the many cases of colonialism the world has seen, down to our own country.
We thus don’t even have to look beyond our country to see the problems in diversity. Our many languages have historically been a barrier towards some facets of progress, but it does not end there. We differ greatly in political beliefs, religious beliefs, goals and interests, for a lot of reasons, and different forms of fight and conflict have thus taken place. The challenge of finding our middle ground, then, seems like an even greater problem, all because of structure.
But while absolutes are hard to come by, not just in terms of finding common ground amongst ourselves, coming close to it still is, to me, worth all the time and effort. There is thus no sign of research towards development, advancement, and equity stopping.
– Jude Benedict T. Geron