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So this is Christmas

Another Christmas season is happening in this world. Snowmen, reindeer and sinterklaas are “coming” to the world. The decoration in the shopping centers  are  in red and green with joyful songs. Following the discount and sales, try to accommodate people  who celebrate Christmas on buying gifts. Well, the last one is also accommodating those who does not celebrate Christmas too on rejuvenating their cupboards. For me, this season never fails on boosting my mood. I can truly feel the joy. I can really feel the good tidings. I consider this as one of the most wonderful days I know, indeed, just like the song.

And what have you done? Another year over, a new one just begun

Be merry happily

Be merry happily

New year is the following. We have just passed the last working day of 2012. New year always be an interesting moment for met, at least. I can feel its joyousness and enthusiasm. Yet, I also get anxious on what would I be in the new year. Many statements on the 2013 resolution on social media websites and applications. Indeed, somehow, we start to think and consider what would be our goals in the new year. This kind of thought always lead me on a thrilling moment. The heart is pounding, full of excitement. Aiming high  realistically. At the same time, while we are thinking about the future, naturally we think back to the past too. This kind of thought has diverse emotions. We can feel relax, happy and even proud for what we have accomplished. We can feel disappointed for what we failed for, regret for what we could have done or for what we did. (more…)

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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.

Sebelumnya?

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.

Contoh?

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Kemanusian itu satu. Kendati berbeda bangsa, asal-susul dan ragamnya, berlainan bahasa dan adat istiadatnya, kemajuan, dan cara hidupnya, semuanya merupakan satu keluarga besar

Itu merupakan salah satu prinsip yang mungkin paling hakiki diantara berbagai prinsip lainnya. Mari kita coba lihat dari perspektif agama, salah satu prinsip hakiki lainnya terutama di bangsa timur. Sudah jelas, tidak ada hal yang dibenarkan oleh agama jika hal tersebut melanggar kemanusiaan. Demikian juga dengan spiritualitas.

Betul kan?!

Pendapat itu ditekankan berulang kali baik secara langsung maupun tidak dalam film SOEGIJA mengenai Mgr. Soegijapranata, SJ. Bahwa kemanusiaan adalah satu, terlepas dari berbagai jenis atribut lainnya seperti agama dan suku. Bahwa bangsa ini berdiri dengan dukungan dari segenap pihak, dari berbagai lapisan dan golongan.

Bhinneka tunggal ika?

Konsep yang luar biasa. Sering saya terkagum dengan intelektualitas dan visi dari para pendiri bangsa ini. Betapa luas pemahamanan para beliau tersebut. Padahal pada era tersebut, akses informasi sangat jauuuuuh lebih terbatas. Mungkin justru karena itu, informasi yang tersedia juga lebih sahih dan untuk mencari dan memahaminya membutuhkan komitmen yang lebih. Tidak seperti sekarang, ingin tahu mengenai sesuatu, tinggal online dan berselancar ke wikipedia.

Tetapi, beberapa tahun terakhir ini, saya jadi mempertanyakan makna semboyan tersebut. Entah siapa yang memicu pertanyaan ini. Apakah pemaknaan dari semboyan ini? Apakah semboyan ini mengatakan bahwa berbagai perbedaan yang ada, perlu disatukan? Jika demikian, mengapa tidak boleh berbeda? Apakah memang keseragaman yang diharapkan?

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Lately, religiosity is being an important issue in daily life. Many things happen in the name of religions.

In my case, yes, I have a faith that I hold dearly. Yet, I could not say that I can not share few things that I do not like in the religion. Yes, I divide those into two different things. Most of the time, religion is the organization(s) which have responsibilities to ensure the faith keep going on track. That the followers would behave as expected. Sometimes, unfortunately, the organizations talk about marketing ideas too!

Many violences in the name of religion happen in the world. Many claim what they have done in the name of the Almighty. Many believe that they did the right things, no matter how many people suffer due to their acts. That what they did might cause negative images instead of positive as expected.

Humans' ideas: Division and subtraction (Frank & Ernest - April 07th, 2000)

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On last days of 2010, I have an interesting experience in Indonesia. Many Indonesians shout out loud on their social network accounts, “Garuda di dadaku – Garuda in my heart”. A symbol of the proudness amongst Indonesians. Where the euforia comes from? Nah, it is not for the Independence Day. Nor the National Awakening Day. Nor the Youth Pledge Day. Not even the Pancasila Sanctity Day. Sooo??!!

It is because of Indonesia’s National Soccer Team!

The euforia of being the winner candidate, was very huge. All of sudden, the National Jersey is being the most wanted thing. Many, many, many people wear that jersey. Quite “odd” as usually people wear other countries’ jerseys who have won world cups. Pathetically, the players become public figures in infotaiment mass media!!!

I always raise my eyebrow whenever sportmen and sportwomen put too much time on infotaiment things.True, that media is important to raise awareness, so that many people aware what have been achieved. Yet, it would not help to achieve the real goals! Well, unless the goal is to be popular!???!

The result?

We lost on the first match of the final. Regardless, the rotten tricks that the opponent’s supporters did, the team did not play with their best capabilities! I against those rotten tricks as I always consider things like that belong to those with lack of capabilities! Yet, I also unfavour with the idea to revenge. Simply because it would mean that we are just like them!

Anyway, the team suceeded to revenge on the second match. We won the match, yet not be the winner. The good thing is that the team did not give up easily! And also due to sportmanship of the supporters who did not take revenge.

Yet, the greatest thing is that, this time, almost all Indonesians go into one voice!  (more…)

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ONE as a destiny

Do you realize that INDONESIA consists of ONE?

It seems that to be ONE is our destiny, it has been declared since this beloved country was born.
Indeed.
It does not mean that everything needs to be the same.
It does not mean that there should be only one race.
Neither do one religion or faith.
It does not mean that there should be only one of anything.

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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.

Indeed!

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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