The head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has lamented the growing “escapism” among many Filipinos.
Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David said such an attitude is “very wrong” especially for those who are only “seduced by troll propaganda in the social media.”
The prelate said having a sense of history is crucial “because we do not want our past mistakes to keep repeating themselves.”
“Otherwise, the ghost of the past can continue to haunt us in the present,” CBCP News quoted David in his speech after being conferred the honorary doctor of humanities degree from Holy Angel University in Angeles City.
“We remain in that dark and perpetual state of victimhood that deprives us of a future, because we do not know how to review the past in a manner that lights up our path in the present for the future,” he added.
David warned that without a sense of history, “we cannot even develop a good sense of identity.”
He added that “those who do not learn from history are simply doomed.”
David assumed as CBCP president on Dec. 1.