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Embracing Rizalism as a Way of Life

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Embracing Rizalism as a Way of Life

Jose Rizal, a hero!

Many of our youth today equate Rizal, the hero with martyrdom, death!

Being a hero isn’t “cool”, this is for “freaks”. Jose Rizal is no longer “in”.

Distinguished members of the board of judges, ladies and gentlemen –

I don’t have to go into detailed account of dates, places and people in the biography of Pepe. No!

All literate Filipinos start their lesson in history with the stories of the boy from Calamba, Laguna.

Rizal lived his life in an extraordinary way.

I don’t need to make a deep analysis of his ideas in education, philosophy, religion, politics, human behavior, ethics, in society. No, I leave that to the scholars.

What I choose to talk to you about is how I could live my life today with a little piece of Rizal in me.

Yes, I have to be in my own little way a mirror of what Rizal envisioned of every Filipino.

The youth is the hope of the fatherland. This is no longer a statement. It has become a challenge.

Let us start with the simplest question.

If you are to choose between Cadbury chocolate or any other Swiss chocolates and the most popular Filipino brand, which would you choose?

Chocnut, Nips, Cloud 9? “Yucky”, “cheap” or even “wa class”. We do not trust our local brands, we do not trust our fellow citizens, we do not love our own. This is not being a Rizal…

Rizal recognized clearly the social evils that hindered Filipinos to excel. Inferiority complex, cowardice, timidity, false pride, pervade the Filipino consciousness and contribute to the decay of the society.

Today, our country is suffering from both physical and moral degradation. The tremendous problems have made us become too critical, disgusted, indifferent, hopeless. Where do we go? Do we just have to give up?

“Cursed be those who have left my beloved homeland bleeding and torn…” says the Non- revolutionaries, a good short story I once read.

This is not being a Rizal!

Today, our country needs Filipinos who will live their lives in a “Rizal way”.

Today, our country needs people who have the will to make Rizal happen once more in our times.

Today, our country needs people who are persuasive and decisive to adopt Rizalism and to nurture it as an integral part of their person.

Today, our country needs people who have the strength to complete and expand the works and wisdom of our Jose Rizal.

In this essay, the author

  • Opines that being a hero isn't "cool", this is for "freaks". jose rizal is no longer "in".
  • Opines that rizal as their model helped them rise from being an ordinary unconcerned, uncaring junior high school student.
  • Explains that they have to have faith in themselves, believe in what they can do, and get the power.
  • Encourages people to embrace what is right, just, divine, and humane.
  • Opines that all filipinos start their lesson in history with the stories of the boy from calamba, laguna.
  • Opines that they don't need to make a deep analysis of rizal's ideas in education, philosophy, religion, politics, human behavior, ethics, in society.
  • Opines that rizal recognized the social evils that hindered filipinos to excel.
  • Opines that our country is suffering from both physical and moral degradation. the tremendous problems have made us become too critical, disgusted, indifferent, hopeless.
  • Opines that our country needs people who are persuasive and decisive to adopt rizalism and nurture it as an integral part of their person.
  • Opines that rizalism is in the heart. it is the symbol of the noble juan de la cruz.
  • Explains that they can do little acts of kindness to their brothers and sisters to develop righteousness in their being. they can show respect to m6y parents and elders to promote harmony.
  • Describes rizal's ideals of being honest to oneself, considerate to others, and dedicated to the common good.
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