Rizal: Genius Has No Country
Posted on 19 June 2021
By National Quincentennial Committee Secretariat
Who would have thought that this kid would be great someday? He could have heeded his mother’s advice to remain silent or lived like any other in a colony. But time motivated his heart and mind to do the right thing. He was the epitome of his own words, “with our minds and hearts, we will always work.”
Following his dream of becoming a medical doctor, he studied in Europe; joined fellow Filipinos in Spain in clamoring for social, political, and economic reforms in the Philippines; wrote things that his fellow Filipinos should realize about their condition, potentials, rights as a human being, and low self-esteem because they do not understand who they were and where they came from; combatted misconceptions and myths of the foreigners about his people and ancestors; and celebrated the achievements of his fellow Filipinos, making them realized that “Genius has no country” that “it blossoms everywhere” and it “is like the light, the air,” the “heritage of all!”
He lived the 35 years of his life the way he wanted to be. He was enamored by the things in the free world a Filipino should be enjoying and the Philippines should be possessing. He traveled much to bring the world to his countrymen. He went back home despite the risk, like the heroes in the Philippine epics, returning to where they come from, bringing with them victory, wealth, well-being, rescued loved ones, emancipated fellows, hope. He believed that the “field of battle” was not in Europe but in the Philippines and here “we should all be together.”
Unleash in our kids the spirit of humanity and passion. Inspire fellow Filipinos to love our “poor country… always,” as he once said, because “I owe her my life and happiness” and “she deserves to be loved.” Today, the grateful Filipino people celebrate the 160th Birth Anniversary of Dr. Jose Rizal.
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