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Rizal’s Role inNation Building
Rizal Insist on Education as the Instrument for Social Progress The Ultimate Means at Nation- Building is National Unity
Rizal Insist on Education as the Instrument for Social ProgressA major contribution to the making of the Filipino nation was Rizal’s insistence on the education of his people, a social commitment of any government. He considered this as a cornerstone of the reform the country so urgently needed at the time.
Rizal pleaded to government authorities to take steps to improve the education of the Filipinos:We believe, wrote Rizal, that the cause of our backwardness and ignorance is the lack of means of education.
Rizal advance all possible arguments infavor of the Filipinos need for EducationWithout education and liberty – the soil and the sun of mankind , no measured can give the desired result.Rizal’s appeal for education was not contrary to Spainsaim at Christianizing the Filipinos. If all it was in supportof this, for a true Christian education calls for thedevelopment of the whole man. Rizal warned Spainagainst the possible outcome that may arise from
The enriching effects of Rizal’s study abroad made him see how education could bring social progress.Rizal’s desire to share with his people what he had learn during his studies in Spain, France, and Germany and his observations in London and Belgium became his supreme aspiration.The noble aspiration was a major step necessary in national development.
Rizal consistently urged his fellowmen to do everything they could do for the education of their generation.
The Ultimate Means at Nation- Building is National UnityRizal’s greatest contribution to the building of Filipino nation was his untiring efforts in urging his countrymen to work together for national unity, a condition for national survival. Any man who refused to fight injustice is not for the welfare of society.
Letter to Rev. Father Vicente GarciaWhat shall you say to your God, you a priest of a religion that has declared that all men is equal? What shall you say to God who has hated tyranny and has made human intellect free when He ask you: “What have done for the unfortunate and the oppressed?” in what have you employed your extraordinary intellegence and your enlightenment?
Why have you not followed the impulses of your heart which has shuddered at seeing everywhere injustice, ignorance, abjectness, and sufferings?” What shall you reply to that God when he tells you: “I have suffered harsh death for saving men. What have you done for your brothers?”
Elias in the Noli Me Tangere He showed his mission in hastening national unityAlone, it is true, we are nothing, but take up the cause of the people, unite yourself with the people, be not heedless of their cries, set an example to the rest, spread the idea of what we called a fatherland.
December 31, 1891 Addressing the end- of-the-year banquet to his companionNow the Filipino Colony (in Madrid) understand the advantages of unity. What does it matter, gentlemen, if we sacrifice a portion of our freedom, but we offer it in the altars of our country? What does it matter if we are deprived of some particles, if this becomes grains that are kept to be planted and later harvested abundantly?
We, therefore, profess, gentlemen, once again unity & solidarity among us. The good and welfare of our country is our motive. Let us prove to the world that when a Filipino wills something, he can always do it.The Filipino youth should wake up and show the foreigner that we are better than the have depicted us, that we have conviction and courage.