RE­VIVAL OF ROTC

Sun.Star Pampanga - - PERSPECTIVE! -

ELANIE C. ALEJANDRINO

The Core Val­ues com­pris­ing hu­man dig­nity Na­tion­al­ism and Pa­tri­o­tism means love of coun­try and peo­ple shar­ing com­mon iden­tity, na­tional unity, es­teem of na­tional heroes, com­mit­ment civic con­scious­ness or pride, Bayani­han and loy­alt to coun­try. The grav­ity of teach­ing ROTC to the Se­nior High School (Grade 11 and 12)must be con­sider the fol­low­ing re­quire­ments: 1. The teacher has al­ready fin­ished the ba­sic and ad­vanced course of ROTC, has a ba­sic and ad­vance course in CPR in or­der to train stu­dents in life sav­ing tech­niques. The Spirit of Na­tion­al­ism should be em­bed­ded on every youth of the land.

Na­tion­al­ism in its broad­est mean­ing refers to the at­ti­tude which places na­tional in­di­vid­u­al­ity on a high place of so­cial val­u­a­tion. In this sense, it be­comes an in­dis­pens­able con­comi­tant of all na­tional move­ments. As the po­lit­i­cal life of a na­tion is the re­sul­tant of a va­riet and com­bi­na­tion of so­cial forces, na­tion­al­ism may well be con­sid­ered the lifeblood of na­tional progress and ex­is­tence.

How­ever , the ten­dency to ex­ag­ger­ate the value of the na­tion even at the ex­pense of the hap­pi­ness and progress of the peo­ple is blind, nar­row, chau­vin­is­tic na­tion­al­ism. It is this type of na­tion­al­ism which con­sti­tutes a real threat to democray, and is there­fore not worth se­ri­ous con­sid­er­a­tion ex­cept for its util­ity as a slo­gan in the press and a ral­ly­ing cry to whip up emo­tional an­tag­o­nism. It con­jures up vi­sions of tu­mult, fly­ing fists,mil­i­tant march­ing men.

Na­tion­al­ism is ob­vi­ously a world-wide- phe­nom­e­non, vi­tally af­fect­ing both the cul­tural and the po­lit­i­cal, the in­tel­lec­tual and the eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of mod­ern civ­i­liza­tion, it tends more and more to in­flu­ence the whole com­plex of con­tem­po­rary civ­i­liza­tion and whther we like or not it has has come to stay with us.

The dan­ger of na­tion­al­ism lies in its abuse. In­stead of be­ing uti­lized as a means to an end, it may­er­ro­neously be made an end in it­self. Cir­cum­scribed within proper lim­its, it could be made to func­tion as a driv­ing force for the at­tain­ment of demo­cratic habits-sin­cer­ity in­stead of pre­tense, sym­pa­thy in­stead of ha­tred, tol­er­ance in­stead of big­otry,peace in­stead of war.

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The author is SST-III at Reme­dios High School, Reme­dios, Lubao

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