THE SUM OF THEIR NATIONAL IDENTITY IS THIS...........
|“||The sentimental significance of the use of Spanish as its binding cultural tie;
The belief in the integrity of the individual based upon an inner worth, unrelated to worldly status or accomplishment;
- — S. Mintz
At its core is a feeling that
The Island is a socio-cultural entity,
That It functions as a unit,
And that It has problems
which must be solved in Insular terms.
Ricardo E. Alegría wrote:
"Among the values that characterize us as a people are:
- our deep sense of humanitarianism, expressed in the national habit of compassion for the less fortunate;
- a deeply rooted conviction of human equality, manifested in our racial mixing and exemplary social coexistence;
- a constant tendency towards justice, the basis for our love of democracy and freedom;
- a vocation for peace which has made our people one of the most civilized in the world;
- a devotion to culture [that] is grounded in the centuries-old Puerto Rican interest of schooling and education, and
- a tradition of simplicity, which enables us to recognize and value spontaneously all that is good, noble, and great in other peoples."
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