José Rizal in Today's World Reaction
“ Dr. Jose Rizal was a philosopher, painter, poet, architect, artists, businessman, cartoonist, educator, economist, ethnologist, scientific farmer, historian, inventor, journalist, linguist, musician, mythologist, nationalist, naturalist, novelist, ophthalmic surgeon, propagandist, psychologist, scientist, sculptor, sociologist, swordsman, and theologian. ” Seems never-ending, in short Rizal was a versatile genius. He is indeed a remarkable man, no wonder he’s such a ladies’ man.
As I was doing my research on what article I should use about our Rizal reaction paper, Ideas swarm in my head. I’ve got my nose on Rizal’s different controversies such as his vices, his relation with Hitler, why he uses only Rizal as his family name and etc. But I stumble with this article entitled, Jose Rizal in today’s world: alive in every Filipino. Its title caught my attention and I clicked it, without hesitation, and as I read it my heart melted. I can feel the author’s admiration and adoration for Dr. Jose Rizal as I continue reading the article. The author talked about how people downplayed Rizal’s greatness over the years. I must say, he is right. Downplay means making people think that it is less important or serious than it really is. I couldn’t agree more with the author – about people today only know knowledge of Dr. Jose Rizal because he is in the one peso coin or because of his works – the el filibusterismo and noli me tangere – which is being taught in high school. I mean if we randomly ask people along the streets “who is Dr. Jose Rizal?” Probably they’d be saying “he is the Philippine national hero” and nothing more, I am not saying that I know much about Rizal but I know enough that I could say “I am a proud Filipino”. Let’s admit it, people are not interested in Dr. Jose Rizal’s life and achievements anymore because these were taught since elementary until high school up until now and these “same” information are taught...
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