Abad, Ruwilyn C.

BSMA-4 February 8, 2011

Row 3 – Seat 6

The Indolence of the Filipino Summary The Indolence of the Filipino was published in La Solidaridad in Madrid in 1890. This was written by Jose Rizal as a response to the accusation of Filipino indolence. Rizal admits that indolence among the Filipinos exists, but there could be numbers of reasons behind it. He traces its causes to factors such as the climate and social disorders. He defends the Filipinos by saying that they are by nature not indolent, because in fact, Filipinos have been engaged in economic activities such as agriculture and trade even before the arrival of Spaniards. In the end, Rizal summarizes the main causes of indolence to the limited training and education Filipino natives receive and to the lack of national sentiment and unity among them. According to Rizal, education and liberty would be the cure to Filipino indolence. II. Salient Points  “Indolence, instead of holding it to be the cause of the backwardness and the trouble, we regard it as the effect of the trouble and the backwardness, by fostering the development of a lamentable predisposition.”  “Man's object is not to satisfy tile passions of another man; his object is to seek happiness for himself and his kind by traveling along the road of progress and perfection.”  “Man works for an object. Remove the object and you reduce him to inaction.”  “Man’s is his self-esteem. Take it away from him and he is a corpse, and he who seeks activity in a corpse will encounter only worms.” III. Reaction Jose Rizal’s The Indolence of the Philippines is a self-defense against the hatred and calumnies of the oppressors who condemn the Filipinos as inert, unresponsive and useless. I disagree on what those people say that Filipino workers are unskilled, untrained, misguided, irresponsibly haughty, intoxicated with show, romp and glory, and unconcerned with the intrinsic value of work. It’s not a concrete reasons or basis for them to conclude that Filipinos are indolent. Filipinos were in fact hardworking people who are very dedicated with their works. It is more right to say that indolence of Filipinos is he effect, not the cause, of Philippine backwardness. They way Spaniards treated the Filipinos made them indolent. They snatched the land of Filipinos and work for their own soil without benefiting from it. They made Filipinos believe that rich people have no place in heaven and poor’s have, making them give more offerings, because of wrong doctrines of the church, to the extent of leaving nothing for them. They introduce miracles that made Filipinos I.

But it’s never too late to correct the wrong impression. Be educated and learn from the past. If they were just taught the best. they would know better. We Filipinos should also do our part for this. they would not be worsening. their own land.very dependent to it. If they were not being fooled by the wrong doctrines. It is true that education and liberty would be the cure for Filipino indolence. If they were free to learn. . If Filipinos had only retained their rights over their properties. they would still have their own ways. they would be more determined to improve their ways of living. Abuses and corruptions ultimately faded the true Filipino values.

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