Now, as a youth; the Filipino nation had not been able to reproduce a son who could hold a candle to the standard of heroism, intellectuality and morality which he had raised. There had been a plethora of great personages, warriors, intellectuals and martyrs all, who had cropped up before, during, and after Rizal. Yet for all their luminescence, these heroes have always scrambled for the scraps of attention which trickle out of Rizal’s brimming image in the eyes of his people.
With regards to their individual fame and prestige, men such as Bonifacio, Mabini, and del Pilar must always play second fiddle to the man dubbed by his contemporaries as “The Great Malayan. ” Rizal would probably deplore the current situation, indeed. Whereas the youth of Rizal were as ripened apples dangling from a very tall tree, yet nonetheless ready for the picking, the youth of today may be likened to stunted apples, which are not only hard to pick, but are also useful not for making pies, but in feeding pigs aptly named “colonial mentality” and “indifference”. Precisely the monsters that Rizal wanted to combat during his time.
But where there is desperation, there is always hope. All that one needs to do in light of the situation is remember that Rizal, the foremost genius of the Filipinos, was once a child too. And as a boy, he left behind an example to be followed. He was a model student, possessing aptitude in many fields, but he also persevered to master or learn what he could. What’s more, he had a moral code that made him wise and broad-minded. Whenever there was some needless debate or argument about a matter of pride among grown men such as del Pilar and Luna, his example of humility and willingness to compromise shone forth.
If only the parents of today would take time to instil ideas of nationalism into the minds of their young ones (instead of feeding them with the dry argument that living in other countries is the only way to a better life); if only the church would point the way, not only towards God but also towards the renewal of the Fatherland (not to mention, leave government policies alone); if only the government would adopt Rizal’s lack of boorishness and pompous desires into their policies.
Lastly, if only the Filipino Generation Y would look more closely at Rizal’s examples rather than venerate him without actually knowing what he stood for, maybe then we can finally make headway towards giving justice to Rizal’s dream of twenty, thirty or a hundred people who are more intelligent, more diligent, more self-sacrificing and more faithful to God and country than he was. This is where Rizal should continue to live: not merely by his examples, but by means of his examples being followed.
There may never, ever be another Rizal, and such a predicament would be understandable to each and every one of us. But at the least, each and every Filipino child and teen should be taught, and should learn, how to honor and love their country like he did. As we come closer, magnitude and significance of Rizal, may we all reflect on the wonderful things which he had envisioned we’d be, and hopefully start making progress towards reclaiming the honor of being of the same country, the same blood, as him.
Mi Ultimo Adios message to the POLITICAL LEADERS Mi Ultimo Adios message to the CHURCH Dr. Jose P. Rizal: Life, Works and Writings The liberty of our hands, the probability that our country can achieve economic and social prosperousness on its own, and the denomination of our motherland had received which is all known around the world. These are the products of great men