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    Hats Off Veneration Without Understanding..An Analysis for Jose Rizal

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    VENERATION WITHOUT UNDERSTANDING: MY ANALYSIS

    “More than a hundred years ago, a hero was born. He was regarded as one of those who fought for freedom, not through the literally revolutionary way, but through his works and writings. He fought the bloodless way, for he believed that the pen is mightier than the sword.” – Quite familiar? It’s because this is actually the usual introduction we hear whenever we speak of Dr. Jose Protacio Rizal Mercado y Alonzo Realonda… the doctor, the writer, the economist, the philosopher, our national hero.

    “Veneration Without Understanding” by Renato Constantino is not just a simple article (or essay) about Rizal. It is a much deeper analysis of the real story behind his being a national hero, the aspects that contributed to such recognition, his condemnation of the revolution, and other factors which are not reflected on history books… - factors which we fail to converse over the years. He also had a discussion of the concept of Filipino nationhood, the metamorphosis of the term “Filipino”, and how Rizal viewed the terms, “independence” and “liberty” as words whose meanings are apart from each other.

    Admit it. We are all regarding Dr. Jose Rizal as one of our role models. We look up to him and “praise” him for that slight contribution he did for us to gain colonial independence. It was so surprising, however, that there are, still, a lot of things that we do not know about him and what really happened during his existence. Constantino was right when he made mention of how we are blinded by our adoration of how great Rizal was…of how martyr he was…of how he died for our country through unjust execution by the Spaniards.

    The writer, as I can assess, is not an anti-Rizal one. Rather, he is just trying to inculcate how important is the necessity of looking into a much deeper sense, the attributes of a real and true hero…the factors that should be considered so as to call someone, a hero. Is it because he died for our country? Or is it because he had enough courage to fight a losing battle, despite the fact that all he wanted to do was to surrender?

    The role and contribution of Rizal, according to Constantino, must be evaluated in the context of his particular reality within the general reality of this time. True enough, he was a necessary moment in our history. But like all things, he was just a moment. And though his heroism amounted to being recognized for all time, we cannot say that his ideas should be the yardstick of our aspirations…that despite the fact that he is a Filipino we can be proud of, we should not consider him as the whole basis or determinant of our national goals.

    As each day passes by, society evolves into a higher level of organization thereby needing and creating higher forms of heroism. Every nation is always discovering or rediscovering heroes in the past or in the present. Therefore, we must always be ready to admit at one point that a hero’s applicability ceases to be of current value. A true appreciation of Rizal would require us to study social criticisms against him and take steps to correct, if not, eradicate the evils he decried.

    Accordingly, we should start now. Start examining Rizal’s limitations and profit from his weaknesses just as we have learned from the strength of his character and virtues. Nobody’s perfect. A hero’s weaknesses, is society’s weaknesses. Rizal’s weaknesses were his society’s weaknesses. Every little thing he did was a product of the society which nurtured and formed him as a whole individual.

    In conclusion, let me quote one part of the article:

    “We must discard the belief that we are incapable of producing the heroes of our epoch, that heroes are exceptional beings, accidents of history who stand above the masses and apart from them. He true hero is one with the masses: he does not exist above them. In fact, a whole people can be heroes given the proper motivation and articulation of dreams.”

    Let us be heroes of our time. This need not be further elaborated. For in its true sense, it can be easily understood.

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    Default Re: Veneration Without Understanding..An Analysis for Jose Rizal

    oh yes! that's mer38 doing his thing!

    i agree to your post kuya mer.

    it's not only Rizal who fought for our freedom,
    yes i admit it we surely praise him more than anyone in our country
    because of that so called sacrifice he did to save our country,
    but we really need to learn all about him right?
    people are people, Rizal is not excepted to that rule,
    He also has his weaknesses, we really need to go deeper in everything.

    it's not in those things that can only prove you heroism right?

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    Default Re: Veneration Without Understanding..An Analysis for Jose Rizal

    Oo tama, naniniwala ako, tao lamang si Dr. Rizal, hindi lahat ng oras ay tama siya. nagkakamali din siya 'gaya ng lahat ng tao. ang LUMIKHA lamang ang hindi nagkakamali. Ang kanyang mga pagkakamali ay isa sa mga dahilan kung bakit naging isa siyang dakilang tao.

    Ngunit may tanong ako mga kababayan, may nagsabi sa akin na isa daw RACIST si Dr. Rizal. Nabasa niya daw ito sa aklat na FIRST FILIPINO(hindi ko pa ito nababasa) Hindi ito malinaw sa akin, paano siya naging RACIST?

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    Default Re: Veneration Without Understanding..An Analysis for Jose Rizal

    korek yan...isipin na lang natin, lahat tayo pwedeng maging bayani.

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    Default Re: Veneration Without Understanding..An Analysis for Jose Rizal

    na-discuss namin tong article na ito sa buhay at gawa ni rizal subject ko. my prof, raised this question to us. "Did history made Rizal or Rizal made history?" jejeje! dumugo ang utak naming laht pero ang sagot daw ay history made rizal dahil kung hindi daw dahil sa mga circumstances nung panahon nya definitely or baka hindi sya naging bayani...

    tingin nyo? "Did History made Rizal or Rizal made History?" opinion nyo po...

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    Default Re: Veneration Without Understanding..An Analysis for Jose Rizal

    Rizal became Philippine National Hero because of the American Hegemony

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    Mirage
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    Default Re: Veneration Without Understanding..An Analysis for Jose Rizal

    I agree to the passage that you quoted about the importance of a hero and that a hero is just an ordinary person. I also agree that Rizal's heroism might have been exaggerated by American sponsorship.

    I have read this essay and I agreed on those points.


    However, I was bothered by how much you consider this article to be the "truth". Did you learn Renato Constantino's intentions for writing this essay when you read it? Rather, did you even consider his ignorance of some things and mistakes about Rizal? I say this because he only analyzed the circumstances using a dichotomous argument, which in many cases leads to inaccurate conclusions.


    I believe that this essay is more misleading than enlightening, IF and ONLY IF the reader is not one who can read behind the lines. This essay suggests that Rizal is a REFORMIST period. But is that really the truth? Have you read enough of Rizal to believe that? Well dear, if you really read Rizal CAREFULLY you will definitely NOT conclude that Rizal is a reformist. I believe Renato Constantino missed that.


    I am saddened by views like this, so I decided to give you my view. I hope you choose to reread and find Rizal's non-reformist AND non-revolutionary view for our country and see how he loved it dearly and passionately, and yes, possibly in a way no other must have done.

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    Default Re: Veneration Without Understanding..An Analysis for Jose Rizal

    napanood nyo ba yung bayaning third world? related yata yung story nun dito sa topic nato..

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    Dr. Jose Rizal ay naging National Hero natin dahil sa mga gawa nya ay lalong namotivate ang ibang mga bayani na lumaban...pero tama at di lang dahil kay Rizal...lahat tayo pwedeng maging bayani ng mga sarili natin, at ng ating bayan..

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    Quote Originally Posted by PINOY_RADICAL [Link available to registered users only. Click here to register.]
    Oo tama, naniniwala ako, tao lamang si Dr. Rizal, hindi lahat ng oras ay tama siya. nagkakamali din siya 'gaya ng lahat ng tao. ang LUMIKHA lamang ang hindi nagkakamali. Ang kanyang mga pagkakamali ay isa sa mga dahilan kung bakit naging isa siyang dakilang tao.

    Ngunit may tanong ako mga kababayan, may nagsabi sa akin na isa daw RACIST si Dr. Rizal. Nabasa niya daw ito sa aklat na FIRST FILIPINO(hindi ko pa ito nababasa) Hindi ito malinaw sa akin, paano siya naging RACIST?
    RACIST daw po si Rizal in the sense na anti-Chinese sya. Para sa kanya kinokompetensya ng mga chinese businessmen ang mga negosyo ng mga malilit na Filipino businessmen (sari-sari etc). Isa pa, mas malaki ang kinikita ng mga Chinese(isama mo pa angmga prayle, opisyal ng pamahalan na umaabuso sa kapangyarihan) sa pagbili ng mga produkto ng mga magsasaka sa napakamurang /babang halaga habang yung mga magsasaka ay lalu pang naghihirap.

    Kahit na me dugong Chinese sya di ba? Chinese mestizo ang nakalagay sa papeles ng mga akusasyon ng Espanya sa kanya. Pero ayaw nya i-acknowledge un at para sa kanya isa siyang Filipino.

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