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Rizal by januscastrence Rizal by januscastrence
Does your Excellency know the spirit of (my) country? If you did, you would not say that I am "a spirit twisted by a German education," for the spirit that animates me I already had since childhood, before I learned a word of German. My spirit is "twisted" because I have been reared among injustices and abuses which I saw everywhere, because since a child I have seen many suffer stupidly and because I also have suffered. My "twisted spirit" is the product of that constant vision of the moral ideal that succumbs before the powerful reality of abuses, arbitrariness, hypocrisies, farces, violence, perfidies and other base passions. And "twisted" like my spirit is that of hundreds of thousands of Filipinos who have not yet left their miserable homes, who speak no other language except their own, and who, if they could write or express their thoughts, would make my Noli me tangere very tiny indeed, and with their volumes there would be enough to build pyramids for the corpses of all the tyrants...

* Open letter to Barrantes on the Noli, published in La Solidaridad (15 February 1890)
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girl-with-a-pencil Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010
wow that's interesting! Very unique I like it
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januscastrence Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
oi! thankee'!!!!
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