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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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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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It has been twelve years. Yesterday, I wrote and have published – [hurts, yet ought not to be forgotten] what I saw and experience on that day. I described what were happened on that day, according to me. It is based on my own experiences. Last year, I also have expressed what I think about the same day. The post is in Bahasa that is titled [amnesia kolektif] – collective amnesia. I argue how people and the nation, seem to get used to forget the past. No matter how barbaric, there is a tendency amongst people to ‘let we forget’.

After these years, there is still no further explanation on what really happened according to the government. There was a Joint Fact Finding Team – Tim Gabungan Pencari Fakta. This team tried to get the facts and they even have made recommendations. The report can be attained at Semanggi Peduli. They did it greatly, though they were only given  a three-months working period. They have put the numbers of victims, yet I believe that the iceberg phenomenon does apply. They said that the first-hand-victims were lots of Chinese Indonesians, though were not the only. Lots of loss. Kidnapped people. They have recommended that the government needs to continue the investigation to get details including the real intention and who were responsible. Unfortunately, I have no idea how the government reacts to this report.

I understand that to reveal any barbaric events would be hard as look for a tiny needle in a haystack. I understand that the barbaric events couldn’t be helped as it was – might – highly related with the most current politics situation. The chaotic situation. I understand that it would be harder for the victims to re-open their old wounds. I also understand that there is a myth – including amongst Chinese Indonesians – that people should go forward and forget the past. That no matter how hurts they were, they should move forward, continue their lives.  Indeed, related with the commonly spoken quote: ‘the show must goes on’.  I even could understand, though it would be hard, if the key sources have been died for sometimes. Well, in twelve years, things might have happened.

To reveal the facts, will never be an easy job.Never ever will be. Especially if the facts are in the past. We might see how hard and how long that be needed by historians. So, I couldn’t agree with what I read last two days. There was a Minister who said that ‘it is a bit difficult’ as the reason to ‘no longer look for May riots culprits’.

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Is that so great to thirst of being the winner? Is it that great to always put others as your competitors?
Seriously, have you ever get tired?

Call me a looser, but yes, I do think that to always compete with others would be too tired and boredom for me. It would make my life so full of rage and hatred. And even now, while I was writing this post, only to imagine that situation, I feel tired.

Yeah, lectured me anything. Trust me, I would only consider it as a wishy-washy-comment.

I do understand the importance of competition attitude. I could write a bunch of benefits to have that attitude. I do agree that competition attitude might motivate us to pull out the best of us. That we would keep on learning, not only to improve what we have got but also to gain new knowledge and skills.

Meanwhile, according to me, the best way to live is to live life to the fullest. Hurray to hedonism! *evilish grin*

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