Perspectives make us see things from corners we couldn't reach. If we're lucky, we get a brief glimpse of a wholeness that otherwise elude us. But that's always not the case and it's not entirely our fault if we fail to see the the depth and vastness of things happening around us. It's human nature. It doesn't make us less of who we are.
Since the new national artists were named, different opinions like this, this and this came out. Sadly, this is an issue that's pitting talented Filipinos against each other. In my own point of view, this is not about arrogance or elitism. It's about thinking what lessons we wish to impart, especially to the children who will someday would help define our country.