El Filibusterismo Chapter 7

El Filibusterismo Chapter 7

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  • I have chosen my task and will devote myself to science!
  • I’m not folding my arms, I’m working like all the rest to raise up from the ruins of the past a people whose units will be bound together— so that we may be conscious of our life however enthusiastic we may be, we understand that in this great social fabric there must be a division of labor.  
  • Science is more eternal, it’s more human, it’s more universe. come the redemption and enlightenment, when there are no races and everyone is free.  Justice rules men. the pursuit of science alone will remain, 
  • But Science is not the end of man
  • Yes, yes, yet to reach that condition it is necessary that there be no tyrannical and no enslaved peoples, it is necessary that man go about freely, that he know how to respect the rights of others in their own individuality, and for this there is yet much blood to be shed, the struggle forces itself forward. 
  • - The word patriotism will be equivalent to fanaticism, and he who prides himself on patriotic ideas will doubtless be isolated as a dangerous disease, as a menace to the social order.
  • To overcome the ancient fanaticism that bound consciences it was necessary that many should perish in the holocausts, so that the social conscience in horror declared the individual conscience free. The geniuses that are commonly believed to have existed before their time, only appear so because those who judge them see from a great distance, or take as representative of the age the line of stragglers!
  • And what are you doing for the memory of your mother and your brother? Is it enough that you come here every year, to weep like a woman over a grave?
  • Without means, without social position, how may I bring their murderers to justice? I would merely be another victim, shattered like a piece of glass hurled against a rock.  Ah, you do ill to recall this to me, since it is wantonly reopening a wound!
  • What do you want me to do?
  • ll the tardy vindications of justice, all the revenge in the world, will not restore a single hair of my mother’s head, or recall a smile to my brother’s lips.  Let them rest in peace—what should I gain now by avenging them?
  • Hate me? Still hate me after the wrong they have done me?
  • Prevent others from suffering what you have suffered, that in the future there be no brothers murdered or mothers driven to madness.  The day they can get rid of you they will do with you as they did with me, and they will not let you grow to manhood, because they fear and hate you!
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