Rizal the Subversive Essay

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Rizal the Subversive

Rizal as a Rational Thinker


During his life, Jose Rizal was described as a heretic and subversive, an enemy of both
the Church and Spain. He has made tremendous contributions to the progress of the Filipino
society. His political works and essays, being anti-clerical and anti-colonial, frankly
aimed to expose the maladies of his time and cure the Philippines of what he calls "the
social cancer". Rizal had been the progressive radical thinker, and promptly answered the
ailing call of his Motherland, who cries for a cure.


Rizal had been a subversive in his own time. The Church had him excommunicated, and the
Spaniards had him imprisoned, and then executed in Bagumbayan. However, that does not mean
that he will always be a subversive, provided that he lives in a time aside from his, as
if it really is his own identity, rather than an act or decision based on the call of
situations and events. And in the first place, Rizal did not go to Europe just to harbor
revolutionary ideas from the people there. He sought knowledge in foreign lands, so that
he may use it and the Filipinos may benefit from it. Rizal did not intentionally want to
make waves or a revolution, at all situations and regardless of events. And if he really
favored revolution, that would be because of necessity. Rizal is a rational thinker, will
surely analyze the situations first, and then make decisions based on his analyses, just
like what doctors do when treating their patients.


Throughout the entire article, one could often read the communistic word,
"struggle"—struggle against foreign tyranny, against the ruling class, etc. This was
what Jose Ma. Sison was aiming at since the start. He believed that individual freedom can
only be achieved through national freedom and that political unity could only be gained by
removing all foreign threats to it. Then, he calls for a revolution, a Philippine
Revolution, so that all the struggles that the mass is currently facing, according to him,
will be finally put to an end.


Perhaps Sison is missing a point in this one simple thing: that this world is not perfect,
and in every aspect of the society, there would always be a weakness. It is true that a
revolution could end the situation, but how many revolutions? In this state of frailty and
weakness, the Philippines could no longer afford another radical revolution. So many
casualties had the country suffered during the recent past. Before a revolution, one can
not be sure of what will happen next—whether it would be successful or not. And much
uncertainty of what will happen after the revolution—if it could really bring
advancement or decline. What the country needs now is a progress, not in a radical way,
but a gradual, yet sure development. The country could not longer afford to gamble.

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