- For one, all of us have been taught in school that Jose Rizal is our national hero. We all know that he fought for our country against different countries who want to control us. We became an independent country because of him. What made Jose Rizal worthy of becoming the Philippines’ national hero was not merely his intelligence, personality, or his pacifist ideals. Rather, it was his patriotism, optimism, undying love for his country and his belief in his countrymen which set him apart. He believed not merely in freedom but in the potential of the Filipino people to surpass what they were under the Spanish colonial government, and all he wished was for them to be given the chance to tap that potential. And for that, he has earned his right place as a symbol of what a Filipino can do in one short lifetime. Rizal remains a nationalist icon in the Philippines for helping the country take its first steps toward independence. Many people patronized Jose Rizal because of what he had done for our country. In terms of everyday life, we can be a hero anytime by just helping others in small ways. By giving food to those who have no money to buy food, by helping others that are in need, there are many ways to help other people and by that we can also become a hero.
But today, is he still a role model for the Filipino youth? Is he still being remembered the way a national hero should be? Is he an inspiration to the younger generations? According to some, youth are back bone to the nation. They can change the future of the society with their well being, plucky and courageous behavior. Unfortunately, today we find the youth those who are more interested in other places which are not useful to them as well as to our motherland. They choose to spend their days doing drugs and alcohols, playing video games, spending their nights partying and living it up. I must admit, the youth of today are out of control, they follow the wrong path/crowd just for their pleasure, leisure and popularity. What is worse with the situation is the youth that are the most out of control are the individuals living in poverty, majority of these individual rob and kill people, most of them living in the wrong path of drugs and liquors and most of them involving themselves into parenting at a very young age. Maybe because they feel they don’t have anything, downing them to thinking when you don’t have anything there is nothing to lose. With regards with facing the problems we have today should be done by a centered and powerful guidance, providing activities that will make us realize the real essence of being a youth and of course the teaching of what is really right and what is really essential and precious with our nation. We must motivate others, we must teach everyone the significance of responsibility and the purpose of goal setting. Because if we refuse to have everything settled, we will soon be supporting an entire generation of homeless and needlessly families of our nation. I believe everything bad is not constant, everything worthless is obviously helpless; things have to change, with our schools, with the older generation setting as good role models, with the older generation setting as strict mentors and with the older generation setting as ideal leaders.
Jose Rizal states that “The youth is the hope of tomorrow”. The youth should follow Rizal’s Vision of a genuine liberty and democracy for the Filipino people and a deep love for our country. The Spaniards are gone, the Americans gave us independence but yes, we are still prisoners. Prisoners of our almighty politicians who have managed to ravaged our country of its pride and treasure. Those elected officials who made a sham of our democratic system and making us believe that social inequality is the norm for the weak and underprivileged. The Filipino youth should take a stand and generate a new approach to free our country of these dishonest individuals....
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