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 We may celebrate differently this year, but the spirit of fighting for freedom and independence was never out of date.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.
I remembered reading a book titled The 100: A Ranking of The Most Influential Persons in History back when I was still a child. Written in 1978 by Michael Hart, the book was controversial at that time and it was a wonder that it was even translated into Indonesian and found its way to my grandfather’s library.
Thomas Alva Edison was undoubtedly a genius. But it wasn’t
his brain that earned him the spot (35th to be exact) in the list.
It was his approach to solving the problems of his time and thus providing the
future a certain bright comfort, pun intended.
He once described his invention methods as involving a lot
of hard work and repeated trial and error until a method was successful. Rumor
had it that to finally get the first light bulb that changed the world work
took 1,000 tries.
I have not failed. I’ve just found 1,000 ways that won’t work.
– Thomas Alva Edison, inventor of light bulb and apparently master of positivity
His protégé, Nicola Tesla, shared the same view. Tesla’s namesake adopter, Elon Musk went through the same trials. Abraham Lincoln, Henry Ford, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, even Colonel Sanders go through failures and rejections in large numbers. But eventually, there’s only a limited number of failures and/or rejection you could experience. Eventually, the bulb would light up or someone would say yes. That’s when it all counted.