- as an escape from reality, which makes Karl Marx's 165 plus-years old charge that “religion is the opium of the people” as valid and true;
- as a source of the conservative point-of-view, reactionary at worst; which has greatly contributed against the development of critical thinking (about our universe, about the establishment -our socioeconomic-political systems and institutions, etc.) among us native Filipinos;
-and consequently served as a primary impediment to the requisite fundamental changes in ourselves as individuals and our homeland/society, i.e.internal and external obstacles to progress/common good.
Let us recognize and be reminded that, generally speaking, religion produces three tendencies: conservative, reactionary and progressive.
It seems conservatives draw strength and comfort from the faith of their parents, as most native Filipinos (or for that matter many the world over do whatever their institutionalized religion, i.e. Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Jewish, etc.). The danger of conservatism is that it tends to defend the status quo. Under pressure the conservative can become reactionary.
Addendum: - I did not attempt to change the original(old style) Tagalog writing of the time.
- History not taught us (our teachers did not know either or our Catholic schools did not allow) :