and yet deprecate agitation
are men who want crops without
plowing up the ground;
they want rain without thunder and
They want the ocean without the
awful roar of its waters.
This struggle may be a moral one
or it may be a physical one
or it may be both moral and physical
but it must be a struggle.
Power concedes nothing without a
It never did, and never will." – Frederick Douglass, American Abolitionist, Lecturer, Author and Slave, 1817-1895)
We native Filipinos can not afford to stay ignorant of our past and not learn its lessons; ignorance and apathy have only lead us natives to our national and perpetual perdition: at a high cost for ourselves, our children and their children's children unless we admit that we just don't care and remain the individualist Filipino -at best helpful only to his extended family/friends and at worst, a self-proclaiming Christian and not acting as an authentic one.
Prof. Shalom co-edited with the late Daniel B. Schirmer the excellent book:
THE PHILIPPINE READER: A collection of essential readings and documents providing background on the continuing struggle of the Philippines people for true independence and social justice—from the turn-of-the century US war of conquest to the administration of Corazon Aquino.
PROMOTING FERDINAND MARCOS