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Indolence of the Filipinos (Finals)

Indolence of the Filipinos (Finals)

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A final requirement of our subject History 17 (Rizal)
A final requirement of our subject History 17 (Rizal)

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Jovie Marie P. GabisonMWF 3:30 4:30 pm October 9, 2009
The Indolence of the Filipinos
Final Requirement 
Questions:
1) Define Indolence. Cite sources.*Indolence
- Inactivity resulting from a dislike of work
Synonyms:
Laziness;inactiveness,inactivity- a disposition to remain inactive or inert  Faineance,idleness- the trait of being idle out of a reluctance to work Shiftlessness- a failure to be active as a consequence of lack of initiative or ambition (thefreedictionary.com)-The quality or state of being lazy:idleness,laziness,shiftlessness,sloth, slothfulness,sluggishness. (answers.com) - (n.) Freedom from that which pains, or harasses, as toil, care, grief, etc.- (n.) The quality or condition of being indolent; inaction, or want of exertion of body or mind, proceeding from love of ease or aversion to toil; habitual idleness;indisposition to labor; laziness; sloth; inactivity. (thinkexist.com)
 
2) Why should indolence of the Filipinos be not considered hereditary?
Indolence in the Philippines is a chronic malady, but not a hereditary one. TheFilipinos have not been always what they are, witnesses whereto are all thehistorians of the first years after the discovery of the Islands.Before we judge a person if he is indolent or not, we should first recognize whatis his objective and the circumstance he has been through before asserting thathe is an indolent.Laziness is subjective. Maybe this time, a certain individual strives hard toachieve his goal, and the next thing, we’ll be seeing him chilling under a big treedrinking his mango shake. A person may feel doing what he wants or not. It iswhen he has got motivated in doing it so.
3) Explain and give an example for each of the following factors thatcontribute to the indolence of the Filipinos.a. Climate
A hot climate requires the individual quiet and rest, just as cold incites tolabor and action. For this reason the Spaniards are more indolent than theFrenchman; the Frenchman more so than the German. The Europeansthemselves who reproach the residents of the colonies so much
,
how do they livein tropical
 
countries? Surrounded by a numerous train of servants, never goingafoot but riding in a carriage, needing servants not only to takeoff their shoes for them but even to fan them! And yet they live andeat better, they work for themselves to get rich, with the hope oa future, free and respected, while the poor colonist, the indolentcolonist, is badly nourished, has no hope, toils for others, andworks under force and compulsion! Perhaps the reply to this will be
 
that white men are not made to stand the severity of the climate. Amistake! A man can live in any climate, if he will only adapt himself to its requirements and conditions. What kills the European in hotcountries is the abuse of liquors, the attempt to live according tothe nature of his own country under another sky and another sun. Weinhabitants of hot countries live well in northern Europe whenevewe take the precautions the people there do. Europeans can also standthe Torrid Zone, if only they would get rid of their prejudices.Accordingly, the Filipinos, in spite of the climate, in spite otheir few needs, were not the indolent creatures of our time, and, as we shall seelater on, their ethics and their mode of life were not what is now complacentlyattributed to them.
b. Wars
Wars are the internal disorders which the new changeof affairs naturally brought with it. It was necessary to subjectthe people either by cajolery or force; there were fights, there wasslaughter; those who had submitted peacefully seemed to repent of it;uprisings were suspected, and some occurred; naturally therewere executions, and many capable laborers perished. Add to thiscondition of disorder the invasion of Limahong, add the continualwars into which the inhabitants of the Philippines were plungedto maintain the honor of Spain, to extend the sway of her flag inBorneo, in the Moluccas and in Indo-China; to repel the Dutch foe:costly wars, fruitless expeditions, in which each time thousands andthousands of native archers and rowers were recorded to have embarked,but whether they returned to their homes was never stated. 

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