Thursday, July 16, 2009

You are UP because...

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Lest we forget,
“…To be a UP student, faculty member, and alumnus is to be burdened but also ennobled by a unique mission—not just the mission of serving the people, which is in itself not unique, and which is also reflected, for example, in the Atenean concept of being a “man for others.” Rather, to my mind, our mission is to lead and to be led by reason—by independent, scientific, and secular reason, rather than by politicians, priests, shamans, bankers, or generals.

You are UP because you can think and speak for yourselves, by your own wits and on your own two feet, and you can do so no matter what the rest of the people in the room may be thinking. You are UP because no one can tell you to shut up, if you have something sensible and vital to say. You are UP because you dread not the poverty of material comforts but the poverty of the mind. And you are UP because you care about something as abstract and sometimes as treacherous as the idea of “nation”, even if it kills you.

Sometimes, long after UP, we forget these things and become just like everybody else; I certainly have. Even so, I suspect that that forgetfulness is laced with guilt—the guilt of knowing that you were, and could yet become, somebody better….”
-An excerpt from Butch Dalisay’s Address to the Graduating Class of the University of the Philippines Baguio, April 23, 2005


Anonymous said...

no alibi!
no itchhys!
no pressure!
no expectation!
limitlesss options!
GO UPians!!!

Angeli said...

You might want to read this paper written by Randy David. A friend who is also a fellow alumnus shared it to me.
The Burden of Being a National University

mordsith said...

so true. most people I know who think of abstract concepts such as nation, justice, and freedom are mostly from UP. outside UP, when you speak of these things, most people become uninterested or feel that you are a rebel.

Angeli said...

Yeah.. we have been marked as having a "commitment to subversiveness". others say we are overly critical or excessively idealistic, impractical or too ideological. as if there's something wrong about caring about the nation, about freedom, about poverty, about 100 or so students cramped inside a tiny classroom just to have the education that is rightfully theirs...

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