Aku bukan nasio…

Aku bukan nasionalis, bukan katolik, bukan sosialis. Aku bukan buddha, bukan protestan, bukan westernis. Aku bukan komunis. Aku bukan humanis. Aku adalah semuanya. Mudah-mudahan inilah yang disebut Muslim. Aku ingin orang menilai dan memandangku sebagai suatu kemutlakan (absolute entity) tanpa menghubung-hubungkan dari kelompok mana saya serta dari aliran apa saya berangkat. Memahami manusia sebagai manusia.

 

Catatan Harian Ahmad Wahib 9 Oktober 1969

Pendapat Orang Belanda tentang Indonesia: Concerned only with money Opinion and Editorial

Since 1991 I have visited many places in Indonesia, from Medan to Makassar. As I learned Bahasa Indonesia I can easily mingle with ordinary Indonesians. My first opinion about Indonesia was very positive. Most people greeted me and invited me to their homes. In particular people in the countryside are very happy when a westerner visits their village.

After staying a long time in this country and having talked with many people at all social levels, from farmers to government officials, it seems that most have only one topic which keeps them entertained: money.  In my country, the Netherlands, people have many hobbies and ambitions. Dutch children as young as four years old want to become doctors, police officers, dentists, lawyers, musicians, dancers, etc. They are encouraged by their parents to swim, dance, sing, draw cartoons, love animals, respect nature and so on.

Indonesian children simply hang around all day in the vicinity of their house without having anything to do. They aren’t encouraged by their parents to do something useful as these parents only watch television, chat with neighbors or, even worse, sleep.

As a European I become bored of being told every day that I am rich just because I’m from Europe. Indonesians don’t care about their achievements, but only about the amount of money they acquire. The way they get this money doesn’t matter to them.

People at all levels protest daily about corruption, but most of them are themselves corrupt. If those protesters could acquire top positions they wouldn’t mind being corrupt in the same way they now accuse others.  A lot of the media, especially The Jakarta Post, run stories on widespread corruption. Unfortunately, it’s only talk with almost no action at all.

In my opinion, the high level of corruption in Indonesia is caused by the fact that Indonesians have no ambition, except to acquire money. When they have more than they need, they simply have a party, buy a car, television, or waste it on other meaningless items.

They don’t save it for their children’s education and future like we do in Europe. What’s the meaning of money if you don’t know what to do with it?
How is this country going to develop if nobody cares about their achievements but only about money?

RONALD RAMAKERS
Medan, North Sumatra

March 10, 2007

 

Source: http://www.thejakartapost.com/yesterdaydetail.asp?fileid=20070310.F05

Life-changing: Exchange Year

Life-changing: Exchange Year

Diambil pada 18 Desember 2011, salju pertama di halaman rumah belakang, Toestallstrasse 4 Rikon-Zurich, Swiss.

A life-changing. Sebuah titik perubahan hidup, momen paling bertanggung jawab atas diri saya hari ini.

Di benua Eropa dengan pahamnya yang katanya liberalism, di negara Swiss negara katolik yang melarang pembangunan kubah mesjid, di kota Zurich yang merupakan salah satu negara ter-luxurious di dunia, di keluarga Henne yang merupakan penduduk Jerman asli, bersama dua anak kecil Johannes dan Annika, dilewati saat berusia 16-17 tahun, ditempatkan di Kantonsschule Hottingen untuk bersekolah, melalui program AFS Intercultural Learning, dengan background siswa Madrasah Aliyah Negeri 1 Bandung.

Satu saja variabel diatas tidak ada, atau lain, pastilah akan menghasilkan Ilmi yang lain hari ini. Disanalah saya mensyukuri sekaligus mengagumi betapa briliannya Tuhan saya, Allah. Memang betul, seandainya semua berjalan sesuai skenario yang saya pikirkan, mungkin hidup tidak akan se-menyenangkan ini. Segala kejutan hidup, kepanikan, kejatuhan, kebangkitan, tidak pernah lepas dari monitor Allah. He is the owner of the best plan ever!

Saya mengakui bahwa perihal dalam hidup yang paling bisa menggoncangkan hati dan pikiran hanyalah persoalan spiritual. Perjalanan Agustus 2011-Juli 2012 adalah perjalanan mencari alasan tentang perintah-perintahNya, mencari kolerasi dari segala perbedaan yang teramat beragam, dan mencari cara untuk menjadi manusia yang utuh.

AFS Exchange Year Switzerland 2011-2012 is one of life-changing experiences!

Nikmati saja ma…

Nikmati saja masa kamu menyendiri, menarik diri dari kerumunan, fokus kedalam, dan hanya menonton mereka yang ‘rempong sendiri’. Satu, dua, atau tiga orang akan sadar tentang kepasifan kamu, dan merekalah orang yang benar-benar peduli denganmu.

Di kamar yang dingin, di rumah sendiri.