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Pemilukada 2012 ini adalah sesuatu yang spesial bagi saya. Pemilukada ini, mungkin menjadi titik awal pemahaman yang lebih baik akan hak politik. Tentu dipengaruhi oleh sarana komunikasi dan informasi yang semakin baik. Akses internet juga membuka era keterbukaan dan, semoga, pemahaman yang lebih terbuka juga. Selain itu, saat ini sedang mengerjakan penelitian mengenai aksesibilitas Pemilu bagi penyandang disabilitas, yang tentunya semakin memamparkan berbagai aspek dari hak politik terutama Pemilu. Akibatnya, ini adalah kali pertama saya benar-benar menelusuri para kandidat. Pertama kalinya saya menghargai krusialnya hak suara tersebut.


Tidak berarti bahwa saya sering golput, tetapi penjelasan Tempo disini, memang menggambarkan keputusan saya untuk pernah golput. Saya tidak melihat adanya perbedaan antara memilih dan tidak memilih. Tidak melihat adanya pengaruh satu suara terhadap kehidupan sehari-hari. Bahwa pemenang selalu dari kelompok “si kuat”, “si banyak”, “si kaya” dan seterusnya. Ditambah masih memiliki pemikiran bahwa politik itu hal yang terlalu rumit untuk dipahami oleh orang awam seperti saya. Saya tidak paham bagaimana yang tadinya berseberangan kemudian karena kepentingan politik, perbedaan itu langsung dipoles sedemikian rupa agar menjadi sama. Ah sungguh membingungkan dan jadi merasa enggan untuk repot-repot mencari tahu lebih lanjut? Biarlah saja mereka yang bertanding.

Lalu kenapa sekarang?

Ada beberapa hal sebenarnya. Pertama, saya semakin jengah dengan kehidupan di Jakarta. Jakarta yang semakin macet. Jakarta yang semakin tidak ramah. Jakarta yang semakin tidak jelas. Ya, saya katakan tidak jelas. Saya tidak dapat memahami bagaimana pelanggaran-pelanggaran yang jelas merupakan pelanggaran masih tetap berjaya.




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At least, for the last few years, my mind keeps questioning a part of John Lennon’s lyric. “And no religion too. Imagine all the people living life in peace”. I wonder whether the world will be peaceful if religions had not been “invented”. That the goods and faiths will only be as they were, no one formed or organized them to be religions. I wonder whether spirituality and morality are just enough.

Indeed. I also argue that people are stubborn and always thirst for power. Humans will always think that they are cleverer than others, and thus, need to rule the world to be a better place [according to them]. That under the name or humanity, human rights and freedom, people shout loudly that they have the rights to do whatever they want to. Humans are naturally homo homini lupus. We will, always, think that we have rights, but get used to forget that we do have obligations too.

We obligate to obtain our rights without assaulting others’ rights.

I know that religions are not the scapegoats. That the ‘punishments’ should be laid to the people not the teachings or faiths. But that does not prevent me to think that religions, at certain point, have power to alienate others. That people in particular faith groups [religions] have authorities to isolate the outer-groups. These negative, pessimistic points keep growing in my mind. These teach me to sarcasm with lots of bitchy words, to those who were justified their stupidities or supremacy syndromes in the name of religions.

Therefore, I always look forward for events of interfaith dialogues. Not as a speaker or sources. I just need refreshments to bring my positivism back.

Then, in early of December 2009, there was the Parliament of World’s Religions in Melbourne, Australia. In short, it was held to not discriminate or classify people with their differences [especially in the name of religions], but to unify under the similarities. No suspiciousness toward other groups. No judgment or evaluations about which group is the best, the most truth, the brightest, or even the heir. No place for any form of hostility and aggression, not even in verbal.

Interestingly, people participated from across the world. Either as speakers, contributors, guests or even volunteers. I attended a free event, ‘the Melbourne – River City – Place of Gathering‘. There was not only speeches, but also art performances. I captured two memorable moments. First, there were a Swami Monk, Catholic Pastor and Buddhist Monk. They had been living in the same house for seven years. The ‘living together’ point itself was interesting. At the beginning, they were strangers. Until the day they stood on the stage, they were still ‘strangers’ in public’s opinion. Three ethnics, three cultures. Three religious leaders of three different religions. Three different beliefs, three ways to ‘reach’ GOD. Hence, they succeeded to live together for years.

Even to live with others with the same ethnic or culture is still hard. Parents teach their children in their ways, even sometimes the same parents might treat their own children differently. Then, what was the secret? The Pastor said something like this: “We have lived together for 7 years, but none of us, ever, provoke others to convert” that followed with three big smiles.

Dialogue, understand, tolerate and respect.

Then, there were four young adults represented four groups: Buddhist, Jewish, Moslem and Christian. They stood proudly on stage. Their speeches were amazingly beautiful. Especially the Moslem, whose speech was outstandingly smart and wise. Unfortunately I couldn’t remember her speech, and others in details. All that I can remember, that they agreed that differences can be found in their religions, yet those could not cover up the fact that they have fundamental similarities too. That their religions do not legalize any discrimination or harassment in any form to others.

In the end, the Jewish said something very crucial.

The more we know our religions, the more we should love others.


I wish this world has millions of youngsters with that attitude. I imagine that if there are more people have this belief, especially youngsters, peace would not only a dream. At least, every war would only be in the name of political interests. That religions would never be the ‘weapon’, to legitimate people’ thirst for power.


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