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The Indolence of the Filipino

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Author: José Rizal
Published: 1903
Language: English
Wordcount: 15,962 / 54 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 50.6
LoC Category: D
Downloads: 3,262 5941
Genres: Politics, Essays, History

Translated by Charles Derbyshire

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them, as well as correct the evil and repress them, would be the duty of society and governments, if less noble thoughts did not occupy their attention. The evil is that the indolence in the Philippines is a magnified indolence, an indolence of the snowball type, if we may be permitted the expression, an evil that increases in direct proportion to the square of the periods of time, an effect of misgovernment and of backwardness, as we said, and not a cause thereof. Others will hold the contrary opinion, especially those who have a hand in the misgovernment, but we do not care; we have made an assertion and are going to prove it.


When in consequence of a long chronic illness the condition of the patient is examined, the question may arise whether the weakening of the fibers and the debility of the organs are the cause of the malady's continuing or the effect of the bad treatment that prolongs its action. The attending physician attributes the entire failure of his skill to the poor constitution o

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Average Rating of 4 from 2 reviews: ****
Janina Dela Cruz

excuse my biases but i really think rizal is a great writer. who would have guessed in his time who and who wouldn't try to conquer our motherland? his predictions of the philippines a hundred years from now is 95%accurate. he's really amazing and he speaks with authority. everything he wrote here is based on realities of the past and gives justification to the filipino's laziness. try reading this and you'll learn why filipinos would really excel somewhere else other than here.





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