There have been some events that are happening in our country lately that I just couldn’t understand. Last week a college student burned himself in front of our state court at a demonstration event. It was supposed to be a form of protest and disappointment towards our government and our country leader.
I do respect his choice. There’s must be a reason. But a question keep nagging my conscience. Are we really that desperate? Is there really no other way?
Similar situation happened at Tunisia not so long ago. A merchant burned himself as a desperate action because all of the injustice that was happening in his life. People become angry and lead to a mass anarchy, the situation end up in a fall of a regime.
But this guy. Sondang his name was. It’s not something personal. It’s a form of deep concerns with what’s happening in our country. And maybe his attempt was to create a dramatic events in hope that it will trigger mass movement towards a revolution or a reformation. Alas, it didn’t work out.
He is gone now. His name become widely known. But that was it. What’s the point of become famous when you’re dead? There’s no effect at all. He’s burned and gone with the wind.
Sondang has a family. A Mother, a Father. How would they feel?
The odds of making a change, a revolution, by a mass movement is one in a million. It will only occur if all of the probabilities present. What happened in 1966 & 1998? At that time all supportive probabilities present, and succeed to generate an extreme change in our country.
In my humble opinion. If we want to make a change, then we have to do something real. Not just by demonstrating. Example : college student should finish their study as best as they can. Then open a business that could create employment or if they want to change how our government work then enter and infiltrate. Create a systemic change from the inside. Hold strong in what they believe, make a difference and don’t get carried in the current. Do not turn in to just another corrupt politician like some of 1966 and 1998 activist.
No matter how ruined our country is right now. Everybody could make a right difference in their own surroundings. I still believe that there’s still people with a sense of right and wrong, people with conscience. If those people hold strong in what they believe and willing to actually create a difference in their own workplace, in their own environment. Then maybe there is still a hope.
Do not dream to change a country if we couldn’t make a change in our self.
To keep doing the hard right against the easy wrong.
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