Why is St. Martin our greatest hero?
These maxims define the foundations that we should all take as the basis for our actions
Saint Martin was the great Liberator of America. His military excellence is unanimously recognized throughout the continent and was what led him to populate our squares with statues, to name our streets and neighborhoods, to have a privileged place in the history books. But St. Martin was much more than that. He was a man of integrity and a father who promoted fundamental values in his daughter and, at the same time, left many teachings as a legacy for the generations of Argentines who would come later. In 1825, St. Martin wrote the maxims for his daughter Merceditas. It was a series of recommendations for his education, basic guidelines for behavior so that he could manage himself in life when he was not around. These maxims, in the distance, define the man who was and are the foundations that we should all take as the basis of our actions. Maxims of José de San Martín Humanize the character and make it sensitive even to the insects that harm us. Stern said to a fly opening the window for him to come out, "Come on, poor animal, the world is too big for both of us". Inspire love of truth and hate of lies. Inspire great trust and friendship, but united with respect. Stimulate charity with the poor in Mercedes. Respect for the property of others. Get her used to keeping a secret. Inspire feelings of indulgence towards all religions. Sweetness to the servants, poor and old. Let him speak little and I need him. Get her used to being formal at the table. Love of grooming and contempt of luxury. Inspire him with love for his country and for freedom.