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The Indolence of the Filipino

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Dr. Jose Protasio Rizal Mercado y Alonso Realonda (1861-1896) was a Filipino polymath, nationalist and the most prominent advocate for reforms in the Philippines during the Spanish colonial era. He attended the Ateneo Municipal de Manila, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree sobresaliente. Rizal enrolled in Medicine and Philosophy and Letters at the University of Santo Tomas ...more
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Published July 10th 2009 by Dodo Press (first published 1890)
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A short tract attacking some of the more pernicious lies about colonialism.

The "Indolence" or laziness of those peoples under colonial domination, or those perceived to be racially or intellectually inferior, is not a new lie. It is an old one, perhaps centuries old. Dr. Rizal first provides a brief outline of Filipino history, noting that the kingdoms which previously existed (there was no thing as a single Filipino group before then) were industrious trading partners long before the Spanish ar
May 21, 2013 April rated it it was amazing
I just wanted to keep putting up snaps every other paragraph. This piece is so poetic yet demanding; it outlines the history of colonization specifically in the Philippines, but these trends are visible in many other colony/colonizer relationships as well. Though written a hundred years ago, it's still applicable today. I wonder what percent of Filipinos have read this book... I wonder what they think about it, if it inspires anything in them, and what it inspires them to do. What does it inspir ...more
Bill Wehrmacher
Apr 28, 2015 Bill Wehrmacher rated it liked it
Jose Rizal was a philosopher hero of the Philippines who was executed by the Spanish army for his trouble.

I found his arguments that explain the perceived indolence of Filipino. He explained that any group learns to live. He explained that as it is very hot and very fertile. As a result, the Filipino did not work sunrise to sun set, but produced the food needed to keep the culture alive. Other outside groups like the Spanish, Chinese, and others decided that if they worked longer and harder the
Jul 19, 2010 DC rated it really liked it
Shelves: filipiniana
This book was something we discussed in our Rizal class. Reading through it, I couldn't help but feel a kind of admiration for Rizal, who was able to lay bare the, simply put, indolence of the Filipino. The reasons for it may be looked at as mere excuses, but the train of thought is still something exciting and interesting. I suppose the only thing that is perceived bothersome is that Rizal seems to still convey a subtle message on wanting the Islas Filipinas to be a province of Spain, as one ma ...more
Jan 27, 2014 Steven rated it it was amazing
As a second generation, half-Filipino, only knowing life in the USA, I learned more about Filipino history here in these 50-ish pages than my entire childhood. Rizal is such a passionate writer. His method of deduction to try and persuade the reader that, yes, Filipinos have indolence, but who wouldn't given the factors in play. Also, that all man is inherently indolent, and that instead of wearing this as a burden, moving past it like other countries who place high value on industry and liberty ...more
William Baker
Sep 07, 2015 William Baker rated it it was amazing
This is could be read as an epilogue to The Social Cancer. In his view the Spanish colonization of the Philippine Islands was a total disaster for the indigenous populace, and all its alleged benefits were either fake or meager. To my impression the bitter conclusions and resentment of Rizal toward those more than 360 years have either barely reached the present consciousness of Filipinos, or when it did, they let the bygones be bygones.
Gianne Kris
some of the points of this one is reiterated in this other works. if you read this other works (just his works), you will notice them more quickly.
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José Protasio Rizal Mercado y Alonso Realonda was a Filipino polymath, nationalist and the most prominent advocate for reforms in the Philippines during the Spanish colonial era. He is considered the Philippines' national hero and the anniversary of Rizal's death is commemorated as a Philippine holiday called Rizal Day. Rizal's 1896 military trial and execution made him a martyr of the Philippine ...more
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