Pacquiao’s lack of education is his own fault

Pacquiao cannot blame anybody else for his lack of education.

No, it’s not because of poverty. He was already a millionaire in his 20s and had money to spend. But what he did was invest in luxury and splendor, splurging millions of pesos for those signature bags and jewelry for his wife and mother.

He bought mansions left and right. He could afford to ride a different car for every day of the month.

However, Pacquiao didn’t invest in his own education. He thought he could buy a degree from University of Makati and that should get rid of the problem. Unfortunately, a diploma doesn’t equip him with knowledge to even talk about the basics of political science. He might not even know the names of Karl Marx, Plato, Aristotle, Adam Smith, Vladimir Lenin, George Orwell and Thomas Hobbes, just to name a few key figures in shaping political thought.

We are defined by the investments we make.

Wealth isn’t material.The greatest wealth is knowledge.

Pacquiao could have hired a tutor like Alexander the Great did (he was tutored by Aristotle) to help him navigate the world of information and knowledge.

He could have acquired thousands and thousands of books to be read and digested to be able to broaden his knowledge and understanding.

As a leader, he needed to read history to plunge into the events of centuries past and learn from the triumphs and defeats of empires.

He wasted 20 years, and he won’t be able to catch up if he wants to be President to get an adequate intellectual arsenal to face the challenges of that office.

About Manuel "Boy" Mejorada
Manuel "Boy" Mejorada is a journalist and social media activist. A former Iloilo provincial administrator, he is now waging a crusade against corruption and narco-politics.

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