Esse est percipi


BERKELEY said that, in an attempt to solve the Cartesian conundrum on mind and reality and whether what one perceived was what was real.

No matter the long and winding turns the debate on the theory of mind took in consequence of this programmatic announcement, the sum of it all is that perception is reality. So it is that at the Philippine Judicial Academy, the Department of Ethics and Judicial Conduct that my father chairs has always drilled into judges that “it is not enough to be fair; one must also be perceived to be fair.” And for important national issues, the crux is in the optics. So it is that after a Filipino fishing vessel has been rammed by what we now know to be a vessel that had Chinese militia for its crew, many ask what the government is doing about it — and if it is…

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