Malasakit is one Filipino trait that I hope the world will practice. Malasakit is your ability to feel the pain of others. The nearest English word is compassion.

When you have malasakit, you will care for others. You will care for the environment. You will care for the future. You will care even for those whom you do not know.

The opposite of excellence is not mediocrity. It is the absence of malasakit, or indifference. When one has malasakit, he cannot help but give his best. He will make better his best because he cares. He will show his best because he owns the impact of his actions to others.

Malasakit, simply the best of Filipino values, that I hope everyone in the world — and beyond — to practice.

Jef Menguin

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Simply the Best.”

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