Para pendahulu kita mengerti untuk bisa merdeka dari penjajahan, Indonesia harus bersatu. Perbedaan bukanlah penghambat, tetapi katalis pemersatu bangsa. 92 tahun kita memelihara semangat ini, jangan sampai semangat ini luntur pada saat sedang dikawal oleh generasi kita.
The value of identity, of course, is that so often with it comes purpose.
Heritage is part of our identity. But it doesn’t stop there. What will really define us is the hard choices we make in the worst of times.
In a day as taxing as today, where everyone is on the edge, we can often see our true self and the true selves of people around us. Do we exhibit hope or despair, strength or defeat, life or disappointment?
As the new year begins, let us pray that it will be a year of peace, delight, and health. And that on the path there, in any trials may we be strengthened, in tribulations redeemed, and in sorrows gladdened.
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We are definitely a greatly-sized nation. With greatly-sized islands and greatly-sized mountains and greatly-sized lakes and greatly-sized everything. But are we a great nation?
The great nation is the nation that honors its heroes.
– Ir. Soekarno, Indonesia Founding Father
To each his own. But this post, uploaded on a day where we celebrated our nation’s greatest and most glorious day, is dedicated to our heroes, most of them unsung and unheard of, in the front line of Covid-19 pandemic countermeasure. We may celebrate differently this year, but the spirit of fighting for freedom and independence was never out of date.
We are lucky to still have heroes. Superheroes, even. And not all superheroes wore capes. Some of them are medical, some civil, some military. Some are called while some volunteered. But they all have sacrificed. Most lost their precious time, part of them lost their health and wealth fighting this pandemic, and a certain number even lost their lives.
So all kinds of supply profiteering, cheap talks about conspiracy, and attention seeking tricks, swiveling around everywhere, are demeaning, outright petty, and simply cruel. Any negligence to keep our own health and the health of those around us is reckless and endangering.
For anyone who read this, I urge you to do right by your nation and do right by your forefathers. We (can) be great.