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Pendidikan jelas merupakan hal yang sangat penting. Tidak hanya bagi individu yang bersangkutan namun juga mereka di sekitarnya ataupun tingkatan yang lebih luas lagi. Selain itu, bila pendidikan tidak penting, mengapa topik pendidikan gratis dan merata terus menerus menjadi janji-janji politis di setiap PEMILU? Pendidikan selalu menjadi agenda politik di berbaga negara.

Bagi saya pendidikan tidak sekedar urusan sertifikat. Setuju, selembar kertas panjang itu memang mampu berbuat banyak. Misalnya memperoleh pekerjaan yang lebih baik walaupun tidak selalu berarti selalu lebih tinggi gajinya; dan kenaikan pangkat. Sertifikat itu membuka kesempatan, yang seharusnya, lebih luas lagi. Namun sudah tentu, tidak hanya itu.

Hal yang paling penting dari pendidikan adalah pembentukan pola pikir. Sarana untuk membuka cakrawala, bahwa dunia itu tidak sekedar keluarga ataupun tetangga di RT ataupun RW. Bahwa selalu ada kelompok lain, asing dan mungkin baru diketahui keberadaannya. Bahwa kelompok-kelompok yang asing itu memiliki pola pemikiran dan ide-ide yang mungkin tidak hanya berbeda namun bertolak-belakang. Atau malahan mereka yang berbeda tadi memiliki  kesamaan visi-misi dan apapun itu namanya. Bahwa definisi kelompok, sama atau berbeda itu memiliki berbagai aspek, tidak melulu perbedaan fisik atau label-label yang tertera secara eksplisit atau implisit di KTP. Demikianlah pendidikan dapat diperoleh dari berbagai tempat, tidak melulu institusi pendidikan. Institusi perusahaan atau berbagai organisasi atau bahkan ‘sekedar’ pembicaraan antar teman.

Pendidikan yang baik, seharusnya menjadi jembatan yang baik antara perbedaan yang ada. Betul, jembatan. Pernahkah melihat jembatan yang hanya berada di satu sisi? Aspek fungsional dari sebuah jembatan adalah menyambungkan sisi yang berbeda. Penghubung dari dua sisi yang berbeda, berseberangan ataupun terhalang oleh hal-hal yang dapat membahayakan [laut misalnya].  Demikianlah saya memahami perbedaan. Segala jenis perbedaan itu memang tidak akan pernah dapat disatukan atau dihilangkan. Hal yang mungkin dilakukan adalah menjembatani.

Wujudnya? Salah satunya adalah pembentukkan forum untuk diskusi dalam konteks untuk memahami konsep dari sisi 1, 2, 3 dan seterusnya. Forum yang tujuannya bukan untuk melakukan doktrinisasi bahwa sisi lainnya itu salah besar. Bukan pula untuk memaksakan kehendak, bahwa hanya pemahaman yang itulah sebagai satu-satunya yang benar. Bahwa mungkin, ada kebenaran dari pemahaman lainnya, hanya melihat dari pola pandang yang berbeda. Atau andaikatapun ada yang salah pemahaman, berarti forum-forum inilah yang memberikan pemahaman yang lebih pas. Lagi-lagi, bukan melalui pemaksaan.

Pemaksaan hanya akan berakhir pada ketidaknyamanan dan/atau pembodohan.

Sarana lainnya adalah melalui komunikasi lintas media. Media-media cetak dan elektronik mampu memberikan fasilitas yang tidak mampu digapai oleh forum diskusi tadi. Keberadaan forum mengharuskan para peserta untuk turut serta secara nyata. Kehadiran secara fisik jelas sangat terkait dengan ketersediaan waktu, transportasi dan dana. Media massa mampu menggapai berbagai pihak, praktis tak terbatas. Apalagi setelah ada internet! Forum pun dapat dibentuk secara maya, berbagai komunitas pun muncul. Apabila forum pun berhasil diciptakan melalui dunia maya, apalagi karya tulis? Berbagai jenis versi online dari media cetak dapat kita akses melalui internet. Bukanlah hal yang sulit untuk memperoleh informasi apa yang terjadi di belahan benua lainnya. Berbagai jenis informasi, pendapat dan kisah dapat diperoleh dalam waktu singkat dan biaya relatif murah.

Masyarakat di berbagai negara mulai sibuk mempersiapkan diri dengan piranti membaca secara praktis seperti e-book dan kindle. Indonesia? Wah, kita malahan masih diragukan kemampuannya untuk membedakan apa yang layak dan tidak layak dibaca.

Selected information - Frank & Ernest by Thaves

Mungkin ini terkait dengan kebiasaan untuk menggunakan seragam. Kebiasaan untuk melihat bahwa pertentangan dan perbedaan merupakan hal yang perlu dibentuk ulang, secara paksa bila perlu, agar menjadi sama atau paling tidak serupa. Sungguh heran, karena Indonesia menganut paham demokrasi. Bukankah seharusnya yang disebut dengan demokrasi itu berarti menjunjung kebebasan berpendapat? Bukankah itu artinya memberikan ruang aspirasi? Aneh memang, ternyata ada pemahaman lain dari istilah demokrasi.

Parahnya lagi, kebebasan berpendapat itu sendiri yang beberapa kali terancam secara sengaja ataupun tidak. Penangkapan dan penculikan mereka yang bersuara sumbang terjadi disana sini. Kesemena-menaan terjadi terhadap mereka yang menyatakan pendapat.

Tidak hanya itu, bahkan mereka yang berusaha menyatakan kebenaran ataupun sekedar memperjuangkan haknya, malah menjadi ‘sasaran tembak’.

Bahwa mereka tak lebih dari sekedar nada yang mengganggu keharmonisan sebuah orkestra.

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Last week, I chatted with a friend through an online messenger. One topic that we discussed was the impacts of the social networking sites on social relationships. In this discussion, we were particularly pointed on facebook.  The reason was simple, facebook has became a well-respected site in within a short period. After 5 years it has ‘born’, there were lots of communication companies which provide the services to get connect to facebook. Believe it or not, facebook creates a sense of urgency to have handsets with internet connectivity which actually has been invented for years earlier.

It is indeed, helping lots of people to get connected. It is not only being a good ‘facilitator’ of friends, long-lost friends but also for business partnerships. I, as a fan of technology, am far from any intention to knock it down. I am grateful for its existence. I can get in touch with my friends and former colleagues, no matter where we are. I have found those who I had lost contacts for years. I can share what I thought and read what they feel. I can see other parts of the world as my friends have seen through photographs. I can share videos or music that I love, and also listen and watch from others. And, lately, I like the games.

My objections are not to the inventors, nor to the inventions, but to those who use it. As I wrote in the [ask for a favor], I really do not like the way people congratulate others only through the wall of facebook. I have done it too, but only to those who I do not have their contact numbers. Yes, you can call it as my defense. But, that is how I see it. Yes, there might be other opinions. I would not argue with that, as I said, that is just the way I feel.

What is more important is the fact how I amazed with the ability of lots of people to share their identities.

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Peanuts

Literacy is being an important thing amongst humankind for decades. It is being an indication of human civilization. You might still remember how the civilizations be divided into their artifacts including scripts and literatures. It is not only being a way to communicate with others but also to inherit the knowledge and wisdom to the descendants.

Currently, we do not need to carve the stones or to draw the images. We still can do those things, but we have other options. We have papers instead of stones or leaves. We have international [Latin] words which makes it possible to communicate across cultures. We even have computers to “transfer” the information to others electronically. I wouldn’t be surprised if one day we could do the telepathy.

Literacy consists of writing and reading. OEDC [Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development] even puts mathematical and scientific as additions to reading literacy on their PISA assessment. PISA is an assessment to “monitor the outcomes of education systems…within a common international framework” [OECD, 2006]. The full reports can be obtained if you click this PISA 2003 or the Education at a glance 2008. Or else, just browse the whole OECD’s website as you can find the datasets and analyze it further if you like.

Now, let’s talk about the reading literacy. Reading is one of some of my hobbies, my favorite one. Yet, after years, I realized that I did not give many efforts for it. I did not commit to read a little but everyday which at the end pushed me to keep on buying books without finished all that I’ve bought. I heard from a friend that a lecturer committed to himself to read at least 30 minutes a day. He puts it as a relaxing activity after unbelievable demanding responsibilities.

I also realized that I do not have endurance to read [too] thick books. I envy those who can read many history or philosophy books that usually have minimum line spacing and tiny font sizes. I adore people who can understand completely the poem books, as I don’t. My books are about daily life including psychological books as some were my text books. I love some philosophic books but not pure philosophy as it would be hard for me to understand. I love books with what I called intelligent criticisms as they will “open my eyes”. But, I love to read!

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Lately, I’ve got information about my mother-tongue language: Bahasa Indonesia. Several weeks ago, I attended a free lunch that arranged by language exchange program in my university. In that occasion, I met Paul Thomas, a linguist. This semester he teaches some units about Bahasa Indonesia including the contemporary movies. He speaks many languages and as always, I envy him for this. Yes, I always envy people who can speak many languages fluently, including local languages. At least, I know that he speaks Italian and French, except English and Bahasa. And he is currently learning Dutch as he has a linguistic research about Australian language and a lot of the sources were written in Dutch.

He argued that Indonesian do not have sense of urgency to learn their own cultures, including Bahasa [notes: don’t you ever dare to think that he discriminates Indonesian]. He said that Chinese students in this university have high willingness to enroll in the units of Chinese language or culture as elective. But not for Indonesian students. There were a lot of Indonesian in this university as Indonesia was the third biggest source countries, after Malaysian and Chinese in this university. I argued that it might because of the socio-economic status of Indonesian people. I said that, language and culture studies were not considered as prospectus subjects. A lot of parents might not support their children whenever theirs want to pursue these areas. Even for social studies. There are people who still consider social studies as nonsense. That science is much more important and can give guarantee of prosperity. I talked about this in [social vs science].

Then, he argued further. It was not about financial condition or career plan. Chinese students did not take language and cultural studies as their majors. They took these units as electives. So, it means that they might share similar situation with what you argued. But, they took the electives. They know the language, they can speak and write in that language, they were native people. But they still took those units.

Indonesians get used to think that their language is easy. At this point, I smiled, as I am including the person who thinks this way. (more…)

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After months I posted what I’ve been thinking not into my DuckTale. I used the notes application in Facebook.

It was simply because I can tagged people into my notes. And somehow, they will get notifications and might drop by and type something there. And I wanted to edit the template in DuckTale but hadn’t find time to do that.  In addition, sometimes I got difficulties to edit the CSS there! And I decided to find another “house” for my mind. Hopefully, it creates more commitments to write regularly… A new and fresh space!

So, here it goes.

I tried to explore wordpress, as many of my bloggers’ friends use it. I couldn’t edit any CSS of the template! That’s what I don’t like with wordpress. But, I can add tabs in my page. And further, after I annoyed ebess with questions how to made partition of the posts, I understand how to do that. This option is great, as previously I had to paste the HTML code at every posts that I’ve made.

Why I chose DuckLounge? It wasn’t the first name that I chose. I changed it for at least three times! At first, I wanted to use the same name with my previous blog: DuckTale. But then, when I googled, there are a lot of DuckTale!! Instead of being a copycat, I tried to find other words.

At the end, I saw the caricature that I have. Ivano, an Australian caricaturist with Italian heritage  made it.  Well, I’ll talk about him later, at different post. In brief, the caricature shows me sitting in a comfy sofa, reading a book titled Ducks with two sneaking ducks. So, I remember that how much time I spent in front of my laptop, reading and writing a lot of things [chatt, email and blogging]. Yet, I will keep the Duck.

It would be strange if I use “DuckChair” or “DuckSofa” or “DuckBench”   🙂    Am I right?

So, the word “lounge” popped-up and I think it is quite nice.

The lounge usually has a comfy and cozy couches, musics that are not noisy like house musics [I hate that kind of music] with lots of food! Although, I couldn’t provide any foods and drinks, all of you have my permission to eat and drink as much as you want while you drop by here…

Talking about my banner, since I didn’t have any idea what to be my image and I am not a creative person… So I used what my brother gave me on my last birthday. I found it as a nice logo, although the duck seems to be a little bit upset. Well, some people said that I have tempestuous face   🙂   The real? Well, I’ll let that to you…

Last, please enjoy and come frequently where any dropped words will be appreciated…

*image was taken from peanuts.

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Gajah mati meninggalkan gading, harimau mati meninggalkan belang

Bebaskan suara konsumen. Bebaskan opini publik.

Bebaskan suara konsumen. Bebaskan opini publik.

Idiom ini menunjukkan betapa setiap dari kita ingin untuk meninggalkan “jejak eksistensi”. Lingkupnya sangat luas, istilahnya pun beragam. Para pemimpin dunia berjuang untuk meninggalkan legacy, misalnya bagaimana para Bapak (dan Ibu) Bangsa ini berhasil membangun sebuah negara berpenduduk ratusan juta dengan berbagai perbedaan yang ada. Atau manusia sebagai individu, sadar maupun tidak, ingin untuk dapat meninggal dengan tenang. Tentu hal ini termasuk dalam berbagai hal terkait dengan permasalahan-permasalahan yang belum terselesaikan, meninggalkan nama baik.

Atas nama ini jugalah, Alfred Nobel mengalokasikan sebagian besar dari kekayaannya untuk “menciptakan” Nobel Prizes dalam wasiatnya. Banyak yang percaya ini merupakan kompensasi dari rasa bersalahnya, terhadap hasil karya yang membuat dirinya terkenal dan memberikan sejumlah loyalti, yaitu dinamit. Agar dirinya dikenang, tidak hanya sebagai penemu salah satu cikal bakal pembunuh massal (yang tentunya tidak terpikirkan sebelumnya), namun juga sebagai individu yang berusaha menjadikan dunia ini lebih baik.

Seiring dengan berjalannya ilmu pengetahuan dan pembentukan berbagai komunitas hingga negara, semakin dirasakan pentingnya suatu tatanan yang menjaga perilaku kehidupan bermasyarakat. Etika berlandaskan norma-norma yang sebenarnya sudah hadir dalam setiap lapisan, perlu untuk distandarisasi agar pelaksanaannya menjadi teratur dan tidak timpang. Termasuk urusan menjaga nama baik ini. Walaupun saya bukan ahli religi ajaran manapun, saya yakin, fitnah bukanlah hal yang benar dalam kitab agama ataupun spiritual apapun. Fitnah tidak sekedar menuding sesama, namun juga berarti perkataan yang tidak jujur.

Akan tetapi, apakah itu berarti tidak ada ruang untuk berpendapat? Masih adakah tempat bagi setiap dari kita untuk mengadu, mengeluh dan mempertanyakan? Bukankah ini merupakan salah satu perwujudan hak asasi yang dicantumkan dalam The Universal Declaration of Human Rights pada tahun 1948?

Pasal 19

Setiap orang berhak atas kebebasan mempunyai dan mengeluarkan pendapat; dalam hak ini termasuk kebebasan memiliki pendapat tanpa gangguan, dan untuk mencari, menerima dan menyampaikan informasi dan buah pikiran melalui media apa saja dan dengan tidak memandang batas-batas (wilayah).

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The first post for the first day in the new year…

Above all, I do feel that time is passing by so fast!!!
Did I do it well?
Did I stretch myself as far as I can?
Did I actualize my competency in the maximum point?
Did I or not…
I know that there were things which I could do better…
Things that I should did, but did not…
Words I must said, but did not…
Path that should be chosen..
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However, to regret is not a good point for life.
I think it is better to count the good instead of calculating the bad. We have to be thankful, don’t we? To count the blessings is better for the mental health, while calculating the trials creates  jealousy. Jealousy leads us to negative thinking and endless bad motivation.

I feel that I am blessed with many great things last year.

I want more, but I know that I am lucky enough. I didn’t win a car from any draw, nor win any money from the lottery. But, I can fulfill my basic needs. I even be blessed to continue my degree, almost without money to be spent…
Thus, I think I have to do more. I have to give more than what I did.
I am looking forward to do some volunteerism during my academic calendar.
I did two! And I enjoyed, especially the last one.. It was an amazing experience!

I want to do more…

Yes, there is a hidden motivation…

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