The Dedication of Noli Me Tangere
By Redvan Lins Acosta
“Recorded in the history of human sufferings, is a cancer so malignant in character that the least touch it irritates it and awakens in it the sharpest pains… Desirous of the country’s welfare and seeking the best cure of its ills… I shall endeavor to show your condition faithfully. For as your son, your defects and weaknesses are also mine.” – Dr. Jose Rizal
If there’s one thing Rizal ever wanted to achieve through his novels, perhaps it is the freedom of the Philippines from the treacherous Spaniards. Rizal believes that freedom can be attained not by means of bloodsheds and revolutions but by proper education, which was shamefully deprived from his countrymen. Fortunate to have a brother like Paciano, who had opened his eyes to the world and taught him to see the real world beyond it, Rizal’s perspective and understanding of the overlooked poisoning unjustness happening in his beloved country raged from a little light of awareness, to a blinding light of curiosity, to a burning thumb desirous of equality, until there was fire in his hands quietly shouting for liberty—the birth of Noli Me Tangere.
For us to fully understand Rizal’s intention of writing Noli Me Tangere, let me use divide and conquer principle.
“… a cancer so malignant in character that the least touch it irritates it and awakens in it the sharpest pains…”
Written words are more eternal than spoken words. Like ideas turned into painting, inspiration captured in a photo or an emotion bled in a book. Any writer could attest that the greatest fear you will encounter in writing is facing your own demons. Each of us has our own, and the only way to face them is to write. Rizal understands the magnitude of the power he holds in his hands during his time. He knows the life-threatening consequences and revelations his novel would instill in the life of anyone who would dare touch it. In my own perspective, Noli Me...
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