365 pieces – Piece #38 (02-07-15): Lazy daisy

  • Nothing remarkable happened. Really.
  • Well, maybe except I read the whole article on Rizal’s Attitude Towards Friars
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7 thoughts on “365 pieces – Piece #38 (02-07-15): Lazy daisy

    1. Our group reported it in our PI (Rizal’s Life and Works) class and discussed it with our instructor. It was an eye opener. You know about Jose Rizal being the center figure of the movement against the friars/Spain/Spanish friars, right?

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      1. Yes, I know Jose Rizal, at least. I studied in the Philippines, too, back in the days. History isn’t my strong suit, but I have some recollections learning about him. So what’s in the article that was such an eye opener for you?

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      2. – That the revolution against Spain at the end of the 19th century wasn’t simply a “We want a free Philippines!” It was originally an anti-friar movement which ironically started within the ranks of Spanish clergymen.
        – Rizal’s attitude against the friars only became strong when his family was directly involved in the cruel acts of the Spanish friars, including the blackmailing of his father and the displacement of hundreds of tenants in Calamba Laguna. Some of the houses were even burnt.

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      3. Oh. I didn’t know these. Very fascinating. So why would there be an anti-friar movement? Were the friars corrupt or something?

        I see. Well, that makes more sense. I think it “humanizes” Rizal more, instead of only thinking of him as this selfless martyr hero.

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      4. Yes. In those times, the friars held a higher authority than those official politicians, and were revered even by the latter. Since the Church was a body very close to the monarchy (i.e., for giving advice and consultations regarding ruling), the friars (clergymen who officially belonged to religious institutions where the members were addressed as “Brother”, “Frater”, or “Fra”) were bestowed their high status in the society. They always had the final say on which subversives to punish/exile, and were never afraid of having to blackmail the indios (Filipinos) to pay more taxes. These friars “owned” vast farming lands, where they were the feudal lords and the Filipino farmers were the tenants.

        Indeed, Rizal was only a human being, who just so happened to know a lot of things (He was so smart–a polyglot and a doctor?! That’s insane!) and had a passion for his countrymen.

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      5. Well, that kind of thinking was the same in the early European times when the Church’s power is held at a very high regard. But Spain is in Europe, so I’m not surprised. It’s very fascinating to learn all of these. I bet my dad would have a field day watching documentaries about this topic.

        Yes. That’s true. He’s an impressive figure. I admire his intelligence.

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