By: Manuel L. Quezon
National strength can only be built in character. A nation is nothing more or less than its citizenry. It is the people that make up the nation and therefore a nation cannot be stronger than its component parts. Their weakness is its failings, their strength its power. Show me a people composed of vigorous, sturdy individuals; of men and women healthy in mind and body; courteous, brave industrious, self-reliant, purposeful in thought as well as in action; imbued with sound patriotism and a profound sense of righteousness, with high social ideals and a strong moral fiber – and I will show you a great nation that will never be submerged, an nation that will emerge victorious from the trials and bitter strifes of a distracted world, an nation that will live forever, sharing common task of advancing the welfare and promoting the happiness of mankind.
The upward climb of mankind has been universal. In the human landscape, there are peaks and valleys and deep chasms. Generally there is a need for potent social upheavals, volcanic in proportions, to raise the lower levels to great heights.
The battle for existence and the survival of the fittest is ever the rule of life in nature and among men
Our task – it is a heroic task to awaken and apply these faculties, so that our people should become what of right they should be: morally virile, hardworking, refined, enterprising, persevering, public-spirited.
I want our people to grow and be like the molave, strong and resilient, rising on the hillside, unafraid of the raging flood, the lightning, or the storm, confident of its own strength. If we have the will to survive and the will to achieve social efficiency, we cannot delay this task of spiritual revival. Let us begin now to mold the typical Filipino.
We are Oriental. Orientals are known for their placidity and passivity. In the world of humanity we are looked upon as a quiet and smooth lake from which the...