Reaction Paper on the Filipino Is Worth Dying for

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“The Filipino is worth dying for”
This simple yet powerful statement, attributed to Benigno “Ninoy” S. Aquino, Jr., is one of the most popular quotes in Philippine society. It is quoted by great statesmen in their speeches, it is reprinted on thousands of t-shirts – but in truth, Ninoy never said this, at least not verbatim.
The full text of this statement, which Ninoy delivered before the Asia Society on August 4, 1980 in New York City, goes deeper than the oft-quoted truncated version implies.
The following is the full statement:
“I have asked myself many times: Is the Filipino worth suffering, or even dying, for? Is he not a coward who would readily yield to any colonizer, be he foreign or homegrown? Is a Filipino more comfortable under
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This is a familiar concept in Chinese mythology where a divine force is used to lead or rule. Consider the concept of te, or moral force, here. The Sheng seems to rely upon this type of force to establish goodness.
Book VII, Chapter 7 is important because of the ideological aspersion of Confucius's claim to take on students regardless of their ability to pay him. At various points in the text when discussing the gentleman, or Chun-tzu, Confucius makes a distinction between the gentleman and common people. This can be read to infer a class-based difference between the two groups, but Confucius's statement here indicates that this was not the case. His belief that knowledge and learning could allow even the poor to elevate themselves to a higher moral stature illustrates that he did not see a person's background as an indication of their future. Confucius himself came from a poor family and at various points in the text comments on how his outsider status caused some to view him with suspicion.

The Prisoner Who Wore Glasses
My personal response is based on the story the Prisoner Who Wore Glasses written by Bessie Head.

When I first read this story, I immediately realized some of the main points of the text such as political imprisonment and theft. However, I had to read the text a second time to see the link between the prisoners and collusion.

I really liked Brille for he had courage to stand up to his warden and take no more from this man and as for Hannetjie

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