Sunday, June 29, 2008

Rizal's Belief in Youth



essay : As a nation, we face a challenge of tremendous consequence that we cannot continue to ignore. The economic
future of our country depends on the next generation of young Americans becoming ready for college, work,
and life. Sadly, however, many of our young people are reaching young adulthood without the skills and
competencies they need to succeed. Millions of youth are being left behind, disconnected from the societal and
economic mainstreams, and are falling into harm's way. We overlook disconnected youth at our own peril. One
in three youth—and more than 50 percent of minority youth—who start high school will not graduate four
years later. Employment for teens is at the lowest level in 57 years, with as few as 20 percent of black teens
employed at any one time. It is our moral obligation to make sure all American youth have the opportunity to
succeed, and it is our responsibility to ensure our nation's economic health. As the "baby boom" generation
prepares for retirement, and as an increasingly competitive global market requires healthy workers with higher
skills and education, our nation's youth must provide the brainpower and manpower to fuel our economy, fill
our skilled jobs, renew our civic life, and keep our nation safe. Only comprehensive investments—made now—
will reconnect these youth and secure their future and those of their families, their communities, and the nation
as a whole.

Rizal said that "A toast for the youth of the Philippines, sacred hope of my country, that they may follow such excellent examples." A proof that Rizal believes to the youth's abilities that someday they may be the good leaders of our country as what he did. He fought for the democracy of the Filipinos in fact a generation of youth bred on the polemics of the Propaganda Movement and specifically motivated by the ideas of José Rizal rose up to defeat the Spanish Army. I can justify Rizal's belief in me through following or making his heroic act as an inspiration. Rizal's heroic acts such as giving a positive identity and a universal mission to all Filipinos by his words and by his deeds, begin making sacrifices and commitments very early in his life, not simply out of love for the country, but for the sake of humanity and posterity.

"Where are the youth who will consecrate their budding years, their idealism and enthusiasm to the welfare of their country? Where are the youth who will generously pour out their blood to wash away so much shame, so much crime, so much abomination? Pure and spotless must the victim be, that the sacrifice may be acceptable! Where are you, youth, who will embody in yourselves the vigor of life that has lift our veins, the purity of ideas that has been contaminated in our hearts? We await you, O youth! Come, for we await you!"- I read this paragraph in one of Rizal's writing, he is finding the youth who would become the hope and the future of our generation.

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