December 15, 2012

Love, Indonesia

Rwâneka dhâtu winuwus Buddha Wiswa,
Bhinnêki rakwa ring apan kena parwanosen,
Mangka ng Jinatwa kalawan Siwatatwa tunggal,
Bhinnêka tunggal ika tan hana dharma mangrwa.


Let me starts off the first post on this thread Indonesia by saying how much I love my country Indonesia. As an Indonesian born Chinese, I'm pretty sure I've experienced many things that we all have - the cultural clash that comes along with diverse ethnicity in a metropolitan city (I live in Jakarta).

Well honestly I've never really witnessed a riot slash massacre worse than the May 1998 tragedy in Indo. Back then I was still a 4th grader so I didn't know much. All I know was staying inside my comfortable home, toying with cousins and sisters, eating instant noodles which I really loved back then (not so much now due to health-related concerns), having fun all week long with family, and that's it.

Only when I'm old enough I start to comprehend the extent of May tragedy, the horror and the grief of those who lost their beloved on that day.. :'(

God be with you..

The notorious HI roundabout (stands for Hotel Indonesia, now is Kempinski) where all the demonstrators or public campaigns or attention grabbers always gather at. Hence, traffic.

There are countless stories of why it happened, whose behind it, the conspiracy surrounding the national turmoil, etc. Questions, answers, theories, there are plenty of it.

But oh well, history is a history. It's there for a reason. I really hope my country can do its best on the development pathway... to be one as a nation. The country's official motto is the old Javanese Bhinneka Tunggal Ika, which means Unity in Diversity. We have around 250 million population in 2012 and growing, with an ever-increasing middle-class. Better education, broader knowledge, greater national contribution, bigger impact on the world.

The many tribes, races, ethnicities of Indonesians. Unity in Diversity.

Are there ways to improve the country? Of course there are, just like any other thing in life. Life is a neverending learning process, and I'm grateful to live in such a developing country - cause that'd mean there's a lot to improve.

God always says, "Give." It's like a healthy church mentality where everybody makes a habit of giving and contributing to the church growth, instead of demanding the church to provide for our needs and fulfil our expectations. Give, give, and give.

Do you have any clue how beautiful Indonesian islands and sea is??
Bunaken, I'll go to dive there one day. For sure. Like, seriously.

So let's stop and think for a moment. Instead of criticising your leaders at church or at your country, what is it that you can give to the country? Remember, a church is as good as the pastors who lead the congregation, and likewise a country is only as good as its governing leaders.

Do you appreciate your leaders? I love my pastor and his wife. I love the leaders who've already sacrificed so much of their lives and invested their time, effort, energy in the church and God's cause. And as such, I'm absolutely sure that one day, one of these days, I'll come to love my beloved country Indonesia's leaders too..

Monas - The National Monument
Still standing high and tall since its first commercial public opening in 1975

The verse at the beginning of the post is a quote from a super old Javanese poem, long time ago in the 14th century. It's said to be written by Mpu Tantular when the Majapahit still reigns in Indonesia. The modern English translation would be:

It is said that the well-known Buddha and Shiva are two different substances.
They are indeed different, yet how is it possible to recognise their difference in a glance,
since the truth of Jina (Buddha) and the truth of Shiva is one.
They are indeed different, but they are of the same kind, as there is no duality in Truth.

Bhinneka Tunggal Ika - Unity in Diversity.

Love Indonesia!!