Eyeglasses: Between Jokowi and Prabowo

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“Shaun get your sister her glasses. She looks naked without them. It's creeping me out.” ― Mira Grant, Feed

A man is accompanying his wife shopping at a traditional market. Quite a tedious task for a husband. After circling around buying the kitchen needs, his wife stopped by at chicken slaughter shop. Though it was crowded, his wife couldn't get satisfied choosing the right chicken. She kept flipping those chickens there, took, observed, and returned back. She did it repeatedly. Not only her husband is getting at his nerve, the seller too.

"Which one are you going to pick, Mam?" asked the seller impatiently.

"I'm looking for a fresh chicken" she replied.

That answer triggered the anger of the seller. "Do you even know anything about fresh chicken?" fired the seller.

"Of course I know!" she fought back "The fresh are those pinkish white colored skin ones"

"Aren't all my chickens like that?" the seller started to lose his head.

"No, these look slightly greenish like ones from the yesterday!"

The seller bulged his eyes fiercely. Having to read the raised temper situation, her husband whispered, "Honey, take off your Ray-bans."

She shocked and just realized she wore a greenish sunglasses.


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Just A Mere Carter Debate

That was the story that poked up to my brain as I was reading the debates in the social media concerning the Jokowi-JK's 3-years government. On one national newspaper, the debates were not only involving people who were pro-Jokowi but also who were pro-Prabowo.

The two important figures were requested to write a column with the same equal portion. Jokowi in his writing surely expressed many result of his works and every thing that has been contributed to the development of Indonesia. One of the most stand-out thoughts which took the most portion of his writing was the infrastructure developments that indeed was intensively paid attention to during his 3-year administration. What is visible by our naked eyes are the highway constructions and roads within many islands of the country, especially those outside of the Java island.

On the other side--Prabowo who was Jokowi's former rival in the presidential election--highlighted on the country's weakness in defending the people of minority groups. This chairman of Gerindra party definitely showed huge number of figures to support his writing. Unfortunately there were no points to counterweight.

Read also: Jaketnya, Pak Jokowi. Indonesia Terpecah Dua Kok Malah Dipamerkan? Kebangetan!

Jokowi showed his work performances. Prabowo criticized. As the administer who still has a governing responsibility, it is normal for Jokowi to show off his actual works. Meanwhile as the opposing party, Prabowo sees only the weaknesses of the Solo-originated present president and is mentioning the existing wide gap between the Haves and the Have Nots.

My question is: What do we expect? People are getting smarter to decide the best candidate to govern this country and its regions. Yet, there are people who do not follow "the show" but they are only busy attacking the opponents. Their concern is just to get rid of the oppositions.

Carter debate is indeed an never ending effort. We should have discussed on finding the solution for the better of this NKRI (National Unity of Indonesian Republic), rather than keeping on debating. Finding solution is supposed to be the asserted main agenda.

If we each put on different eyeglasses with different perspectives, how could we achieve a state of unity?


Seeing Ghost in the Grass

One afternoon I had a chat with a certain important religion figure . Our conversation led us into a discussion about some recent movie genre that sold well in the market: Horror film.

"If we look for ghost in the grass, we will find it," answered that friend of mine. We do see what we wish to see.

A white skin cowboy and his American Indian friend were walking in the country side. All of sudden, the Indian stopped for a moment, walking towards the grass area, turned over a stone and found a grasshopper.

"Great!", said the cowboy, "How could you find a grasshopper so easily? You have a very sharp ear!"

They kept walking and reached downtown that was busy with heavy traffic. Suddenly the Indian dropped a coin purposely on the paved sidewalk. Yet, the cowboy instantly bent down to pick up that coin.

"You hear what you wish to hear!" said the Indian smiling.


Antenna and Horror Film

The story of that cowboy and Indian remind me of a story about a grandfather who just bought a new television set. Gladfuly he tried every channel available. To his wonder, all the channels were showing similar entertainments: horror film.

"Grandson, please go up to the roof and check the antenna", he ordered his grandson.

Once he were up there, he shouted, "Grandfather, I know now why the tv shows all the horror film. Because it is facing the cemetery."


Antenna and Horse Blinders

The story of the cemetery facing antenna can be used as our reflection to highlight the frenetic of the last Jakarta governor candidate issues. The new governor and the vice governor received some sharp attention. All the pros definitely give positive valuation to newly elected governor performances. Anies well mannered and rethoric language does sound beautifully on the ears of his supporters. On the contrary, the contras look deeply into any Anies' drawbacks. His well manners are used against himself.

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I do not dare to say that each party should wear horse blinders and to only see what it wishes to see and hear.

Horse is given the blinders so that it won't look to the left and right, or even make a stop on the sides of the road for the grass, but just to focus straightly at the front.

When I was in Egypt riding camel with my wife, there were two camels from our group that stopped and ceased following other camels. The first camel laid down in the middle of the way due to the exhaustion. The second was chasing a female camel that came up from another direction.

The owner had to forcefully persuade the camels to carry on their tasks and went to their right tracks.

Read also: Pelajaran dari Jaket Jokowi: 3 Hal Sederhana dalam Hidup yang Berdampak Luar Biasa

Do we have to be like those off-track camels?

In fact, I would like to invite all children of this nation to direct our antenna to tune in to positive programs. Let us appreciate our nation administrators who run Indonesia and carry people's mandate on their shoulders: Jokowi as the president and Anies as the governor.

If we look -once again only look- at their weaknesses only, we might eventually find any. Hence, if we are willing to be patient and to see the real works of their performances, we would surely find some positive things happened.


Constructive suggestions and inputs are really important.

The pros and cons can both guide the work of the country leaders. What if some feel themselves are better and more capable than their leadesr? Prove it in the next president and regional leader election campaign with a good manner. Don't let down our mother earth by letting her witnessing the children of this nation keep fighting against each other! Don't let our beloved country to always be looked as a developing country as when there is a will to go forth, there will always be a party who wants to fail and go back. Would we just then only going forth-and-backs?

The prediction of Indonesia disperse in 2030 is still much talked about and become polemic as I write this article. If we each use our own eyeglasses, there would never be a meeting point. Indonesia could really disperse if this nation keep coming to fight against one another. On the contrary, if we unite and together building this beloved nation, Indonesia could become more prosperous.

Let us clear up our own glasses. As I write this part, my eyeglasses turned dewy from my own breathing too. Then I have to clean them up so I can write clearly.


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