“There can be no tyrants where there are no slaves.” a quotation of Dr.Jose Rizal and also known as Pepe, a genius, well-traveled intellectual, the noble doctor, the artist, the sophisticate, a writer and resistance leader in the Philippines during Spanish colonization. He said it to break the consciousness of abuses that Filipino suffered in Spaniards and fellow Filipino. If Rizal is alive today, would he inspire us again in his literary works as a youth? What would he say to our country? In what character would he live? Is it in government official or a simple Filipino that follows the law? Would he fight for the rights of his fellow Filipino? Would he continue to write about the Filipino sacrifices that they suffer in dishonest government officials? Would he fight as a brave soul against the damasos of the society of the modern times? And lastly would he become our next president that will serve as our inspiration through the modern times?
This are some question that pop-up my mind if our national hero is alive today. Even though Rizal has been dead for more than a hundred years, he still commands a strong presence in our country – Philippines that cannot be removed in our mind because he opens our eyes to the reality of the abuses that done by the cruel conqueror. After watching and listening to the song Kaninong Anino reminds me of Jose Rizal and the other heroes that fight for or country just to obtain the freedom of each Filipino. But is it works correctly? I think it doesn’t. We know for a fact that independent is arising yet we must know how to utilize and manage it. If Rizal continues to write a literary works, he would probably write about the political dynasties because it is really happening in our country. Political dynasties have long been present in democracies especially in our country, raising concerns that inequality in the distribution of political power may reflect imperfections in democratic representation.
Nowadays, political dynasty is widely spread for the reason to boost their power maybe in positive or in negative way. However, the persistence of some political elites may just reflect differences in ability or political vocation across families and not their entrenchment in power, some politicians do not show negative doings to the people with the use of political dynasty because they know that having it may help to grow the economy of one place. Rizal became an educated because he was exposed in the incorrect attitudes that the Spaniards do, and when his mother get captured by the Spaniards, and also to seize not only our country but also the fellow Filipino that live and became their slaves and hold their necks narrowly just to respect them. Rizal wrote a lot of literary works just to awake the minds of his fellow Filipino against the Spaniards and Filipino that poisoned by the power. He raised his fellow Filipino to the consciousness of being abuse because he didn’t want to become slaves his fellow.
So that he wrote Noli Me Tangere to know the lifestyle, behavior and the diseases that the citizens suffer during Spanish Colonization. He also wrote the El Filibusterismo to honor the three martyred priests and the reason of his opposition to the government, to expose the abuses of the Friar, assurance of the government and poor educational system and gradual disappearance of order in society and having no peace. These two novels are exposing the arrogance and despotism of the Spanish clergy and provoked the animosity of those in power and these literary works led him into trouble with the Spanish officials. Economic progress is one way to measure the success of a country. But why don’t we get that? Who do you think the main obstacle to the growth of our economy? Is it the negligence of an individual? What are the possible solutions that may we done to be able to improve our economy?
If Rizal is alive today, he would consider the fraudulent politicians as the hindrance to the growth of our economy because of having a power to manage the people around them. I just found that even if they have power over their hands they brawl against each other to have another power. One of the results is people get poor and poor like a rat they haven’t even power to have a good food to eat yet they still living for their own lives because all they want is to perceive them that they need the aid of the government officials or even the people around them. Many years have been past, many presidents have been elected to their position, but we cannot still prosper. What is the wrong? We lack of gold. We know that many of our fellow Filipinos fight for our freedom; they shed the blood and sweat for us. Do we know the right path that we are taking right now that will help our country’s progress?
In our existence in this world, the point that we have all Filipinos agreed is that we don’t have enough knowledge about freedom. Our country is now suffering a lot of problems that can be solve by the helping each individuals to get them in stumbling along the dirty land. As our country becomes more technology involved, besides modernization is one of the factor that our country can influence to a change. Heroes are alive in the modern period. Modern heroes not just fight using the violence that blood may flow but a hero that could help our country in economy progress and in passing of legislation that is equal to the eyes and in heart of every individual living in our country, which could fight off the damasos in our society.
Let the light be our guide to find the right path that we have to take, let this be our lead to find the truth and not the lies that creeps us for a long period of time, let this show the way of learning of each youth to take the proper pathway in succeeding not just for their own sake but for the country also. Let this light be our source of union and sharing of joys and sorrow. Let also the leadership be our strength not our weaknesses because this is the thing that can discriminate us. Leadership which plays a significant role in the process of change. Change that a result of a better person and country.
Let the big boss listen to the little voice of the country to help them in suffering slavery by others and let the little voice listen to the upcoming projects of the big boss to aid them. Let our relationship be mutual – if one is giving, you give also. And lastly let be our God be the source of the light that travels from the brain to our heart and to our hands that will make things possible by unity and being humble. It is the basic foundations of a nation in order to be able to understand a country’s culture and political system.
He will enlighten our heart through the modern world that we have experiencing. Let Jose Rizal and other heroes that wrestle and get their lives just to our country be our motivation to continue our journey in life. Let each and everyone be a modern hero, a role model and a good Rizal of the modern time, to fight the rights of fellow Filipino and to become brave, to remind us the patriotic feelings and to have a guide to a modernization. Be Rizal! Be the one of modern heroes of the next generation. Be proud of being a Filipino.
Courtney from Study Moose
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