Saturday, February 21, 2009

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

“Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?” Goes an old Latin phrase which literally translates to "Who will guard the guards themselves," and is variously translated in colloquial English as "Who watches the watchmen?", "Who watches the watchers?", "Who will guard the guards?", "Who shall watch the watchers?" or other similar translations.

Some people may claim that they are the watchers, guards, protectors of the truth, but who watches over them? Who watches over the watchers themselves? Who makes certain that the guards are really safeguarding what they are supposed to protect and not abusing the power and authority given to them? What if they are the ones who taint, pollute and corrupt the very thing that they are guarding, for their own selfish reasons, for their own egocentric satisfaction?

Knowing the influence that you can deliver to people doesn’t give you the freedom to maliciously stain other people’s repute, nor does it give you the freedom to include your selfish intentions. Anyway, what’s done has been done. Whatever damage they wanted to cause, they’ve successfully inflicted it.

“Qui tacet consentire.” But, this time, my being silent doesn’t mean that I assent to whatever has been going out. Anyway, why should I be intimidated or affected, when I know that the guards weren’t doing the guarding well.

“Si finis bonus est, totum bonum erit.” Was it good then? Let’s just see…

9 comments:

bAby amPon said...

eloW..//_^..
btaW2..the watchers should have someone to watch over them..

ok ra nah..reCover2 rah gud..aWw?ashIhishi..

dLi btaw kah affeCtEd..aYt?..
//_^

donfoxhunter said...

ai wala! balos dyud! cge lamang ta pa api ani?

Janjie said...

Oh, hi Baby Ampon... Tnx for taking time to read this post...

Cge ra Don... recover2 ra kuno... nyaaahaha... aw, affected ka?... ahaha... ayaw bah...

Anonymous said...

to donfoxhunter:
"'Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD. (NIV, Leviticus 19:18)

to Janjie:
A fool always loses his temper, but a wise man holds it back. (NAS, Proverbs 29:11)

mary narvasa said...

hala ka nyc sa post. =)) i agree. there should be someone who'll guard the guards.. anyway, what should they be afraid of if they're just tellin the truth.. whew! haha. ö

mary narvasa said...

agi2 lang kow.. musta na? hope your fine. tc.. God bless. ö

jHeT said...

..hmmm..the watchers themselves are also human and prone to whatever mistakes there is..it's human nature cuz..

..on "knowing the influence that you can deliver to people...", whether what they had given out is the REAL truth or not, what people would believe is what they had already carried out..

..well, what can we do..?talk about crap interviews..nyahaha..

janjie said...

@anonymous: Thanks for those verses...

@Mary Narvasa: Hi there... Thanks for dropping by... and yeah, I'm very fine. It's so pleasing to know that this post caused many reactions from some people...

@Jhet: nyaahaha... yea yea.. I get it.. I wasn't expecting the reactions... Geez.. well, at least, now they know what a single article can cause. Very indirect pa gani ni, samot na guro nang naa jud tone and malice na "news" article. Nyaahaha... and yea, that crappy thing... haha... ayaw bah...

CazcaRow said...

wew....wla ko k-getz...pro murag naa ra sa campus ang n-igo ani sa? tsk tsk...g-una og letter " Z "(rotate 45 degrees)...nyahaha