Pantaskah kita disebut Orang Indonesia?

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For my English-speaking fellows, sorry to write in Bahasa here due to some certain expressions that i cannot express in English ūüôā

Sudah beberapa minggu belakangan ini saya menahan diri untuk tidak menulis dan berkomentar apapun tentang isu-isu yang ada Indonesia. Bukan karena saya tidak cinta lagi atau tidak peduli lagi, tapi simply karena saya speechless setiap kali melihat timeline di facebook. Hampir semua berita mengenai Indonesia yang saya lihat menebarkan kebencian, makian, ataupun semua hal yang berbau negatif. Lalu saya bertanya dalam hati, apa yang ada di benak orang-orang ini? Prioritas apa yang dimiliki Indonesia sekarang? Saya memilih untuk bungkam.

Sudah hampir dua tahun saya tidak pulang ke Indonesia karena masa studi saya di negeri orang yang belum berakhir. Saya rindu dengan negara ini. Rindu dengan keberagaman masakannya yang bisa saya temui di setiap pojokan jalan. Rindu dengan abang-abang dan mba-mba warung tempat saya dulu jajan. Namun pertanyaan yang sekarang muncul di kepala saya, apakah nanti ketika saya pulang saya akan mendengar hal yang sama dari mulut mereka dengan yang saya lihat di timeline facebook saya?

Hampir setiap orang Indonesia di timeline Facebook saya membahas isu-isu yang katanya lagi hot di tanah air. Dari mulai LGBT, sensor tayangan di tv, hingga radikalisme yang membawa-bawa agama. Ada yang membela mati-matian, ada pula yang super-anti dengan isu yang berkaitan. Tapi hanya sedikit yang bisa membawa rasionalisme ke dalam argumen-argumennya, ini yang saya acungkan hormat kepada mereka karena bisa memberi saya harapan bahwa masih ada orang-orang yang masuk akal.

Orang-orang yang Mendidik, bukan memaki. Mengingatkan, bukan menghakimi. Mengajak, bukan mengecam.

Tipis bedanya dari seluruh kata-kata di atas. Ya, paling tidak untuk sebagian orang. Kita kadang merasa benar dan percaya akan kebenaran pendapat kita, sampai-sampai lupa akan akal sehat dan rasional.

Betul, bahwa agama adalah prioritas utama orang yang beriman. Tapi apakah semua agama memiliki aturan, cara, dan toleransi beribadah yang sama hingga kita bisa menghakimi orang lain yang memiliki perbedaan? Apakah pantas kita memaki orang lain dengan keyakinan yang berbeda, padahal kita yakin bahwa kita adalah orang yang beragama? Jika setiap agama dianjurkan untuk menyebarkan kebaikan, lantas kenapa kita, umatnya menyebarkan kebencian?

Mendidik, bukan memaki. Mengingatkan, bukan menghakimi. Mengajak, bukan mengecam.

Indeed, kita sekarang memilih untuk tinggal, menjunjung, dan mencintai negara kita, Indonesia. Kita bersumpah atas nama Pancasila dan berteriak Bhinneka Tunggal Ika setiap hari sewaktu masa sekolah. Paling tidak sembilan tahun lamanya kita belajar tentang pendidikan kewarganegaraan dan keadilan sosial. Namun sekarang, apakah kita mengamalkan apa yang kita pelajari selama sembilan tahun tersebut? Kita dulu diajarkan untuk memiliki toleransi yang tinggi antar umat beragama dan menghargai perbedaan sekecil apapun. Pantaskah kita sekarang berkoar-koar mendeskriminasi beberapa golongan minoritas dengan mengatasnamakan rasa cinta dan pembelaan kita terhadap Indonesia?

Jujur, saya sudah lelah ditanya teman-teman asing saya di kelas dan di kantor mengenai isu-isu di Indonesia. Kaget. Ya, kaget karena yang ditanyakan hanyalah berita-berita negatif tentang Indonesia. Ya, mungkin kalian bisa bilang karena media hanya mem-blow up berita-berita jelek saja. Nope! Sayangnya bukan perkara membesar-besarkan berita jelek saja. Tapi memang hanya berita buruk itu saja yang ada di luar tentang Indonesia, negara yang ‚Äėkatanya‚Äô kita banggakan. Sekalinya ada berita baik, itupun hoax. Sedih. Baru berita mengenai Joey Alexander saja yang membuat saya semangat akhir-akhir ini. Sisanya nihil.

Pantaskah kita bilang kalau kita bangga dan harus membela Indonesia, padahal tanpa sadar, kitalah yang menjelekkan nama Indonesia di mata dunia? Dunia ini bukan hanya sebatas dari Sabang sampai Merauke lho..

Kita yang katanya orang terdidik, berbudaya, dan ber-Bhinneka Tunggal Ika, masih saja memaki orang-orang yang satu negara dengan kita, satu budaya dengan kita, satu darah dengan kita. Kita yang katanya bangga dengan keberagaman, pun dengan bangganya mengolok orang-orang yang memiliki perbedaan dengan kita. Indonesia yang merupakan negara paling kaya akan keberagaman dengan ratusan adat, suku, dan bahasa, pun negara yang paling takut dengan pluralisme.

Sekarang ini kita nampaknya bingung dengan prioritas negara. Isu pentingnya menghilangkan korupsi pun terbenam dengan ribetnya kita yang minta tayangan Doraemon disensor. Isu pentingnya kemajuan ekonomi pun terlupakan dengan pentingnya masalah sosial kejiwaan dan LGBT.

Siapkah kita mendidik generasi muda nanti kalau kita saja masih susah membedakan antara mendidik dan menghakimi?

Pantaskah kita disebut orang Indonesia kalau nilai-nilai dasar ke-Pancasilaan yang kita pelajari bertahun-tahun saja tidak pernah dilakukan?

Pantaskah kita disebut orang-orang beragama kalau yang kita lakukan hanyalah menyebarkan kebencian terhadap orang lain?

Ingat,

Mendidik, bukan memaki. Mengingatkan, bukan menghakimi. Mengajak, bukan mengecam.

We need more scholarship for internationals

 

I heard right now there are many universities limit the amount of scholarship that they are giving for students. Heartbreaking. I know.

For some students like me that rely on scholarship in order to get an education, this situation is sad. I know many smart-ass students that are still in high school hope to get scholarship for continuing their education. Cause, really, going to school is NOT a privilege for some of us.

Going to school means you have to pay, like a LOT, and compete with many brainiac people of course. But at the end, the school only accept kids that have money to pay for tuition.

SAD.

But think about it, if you give scholarship or funds to kids that deserve this opportunity, it will change their life, forever.

At least i will not be here right now if i did not get a scholarship to go to the US nine years ago.

I will not be here if i don’t get scholarship from my universities.¬†In fact, i probably would be sitting at home, staring at the wall, try to pretend that i’m useful. Seriously.

Scholarship is changing people’s life, including mine. It gives us a whole new perspective to see the world, meet many people from different backgrounds and nationality, and i would not be able to share my knowledge to the others.

The power of sharing is extremely IMPORTANT. By offering scholarship, you offer the others to receive the knowledge, and it goes on and on. Like a chain.

That’s how important it is.

What i miss from Indonesia? FOOD specials!

Being abroad means you experienced so many different things. Starting from food, life, friends, culture, and many things!

For me, the thing that i miss the most is FOOD! Right, who does not love food?

Living in Denmark can be really tough for an Asian like me, who didn’t really cook before. But hey! now i’m very proud of myself that i am able to cook and feed myself. As you know, eating out is super expensive here!

Why Denmark?

Since the first time i came to Denmark and introduced myself as an International student coming from Indonesia, a lot of people have been asking me why did i choose Denmark as my study destination. Most of my friends wonder why didn’t i choose to study to the countries nearby? Well, i have my own reasons to answer.

To be honest, a lot of Indonesians don’t really know Denmark. At least i didn’t. I even just found out just before my departure¬†that Lego and Little Mermaid are originally from Denmark. Excuse my ignorance. But then, at at time i got information about scholarship to Aarhus University in Denmark, I googled everything. Well, the information were pretty much general. The happiest nation in the world, Viking, and high education quality are all i got from google. I asked my family and my friends if they know anything about Denmark, and the answer was they had little or no idea.

So why do i risk all the uncertainties that i had, and still applied for university in Denmark?

Because I want to be the person who’ve been to a¬†country that not many Indonesian know about. Yup, anti mainstream! How cool is that when most people went to many famous country such as USA, UK, or Australia (which are still ¬†awesome destinations to study, btw) and you tell them that you have been in Denmark? Nothing is cooler than that.

Just think about it, not only Denmark has been one of the highest ranking in their education, but it also has that famous Scandinavian and Viking lifestyle that many people are always wondering about. Plus, Denmark is attached to Europe (as a land) where you can travel to many European countries by train. And travelling in Europe is cheaper compare to travelling in Indonesia (sad).

Yes, my motto is travelling while studying. Not vice versa.

There are still many things that can express my reasons why I chose Denmark at the very first place. And i never regret my decision. In fact, i’m in love in this country. Despite the never-ending cold weather and grey sky for months, i love the atmosphere that this country has and the smiles on people’s face¬†that sometimes makes you wonder, why did they¬†smile at me? I don’t know them. But that’s what Danes usually do. At least in Aarhus. Whenever i walked and unintentionally catch someone by eyes, they smile to you and say, “Hej!”

For those of you who want to study abroad, don’t limit yourself by one option. Go look beyond other people’s choices and don’t be scared! Sometimes the choice that no one ever think of would be the option that work best for you.

As in scholarship, there are plenty of scholarship out there. Don’t just rely on one scholarship, but do some research on what kind of scholarship out there. I have been living with full scholarship since i had my bachelor degree and now during my master, so I will never stop telling people that, Hey, it is totally possible! Never give up and trust yourself that, YES, you will get the scholarship abroad. Try harder, stop making excuses, and go explore the world out there!

HELLO

Hej!

After 8 years since i started wrote my first blog in 2007, i have been dreaming of having my own site. Umm, it’d be nice if i don’t have to put a free domain after my name such as blogspot that i had previously (Live, Life, Me). (dot) com seems nice huh?¬†But with help of a lovely friend that just randomly bought a domain from me, Voila! there it is! ghinafiliana.com. Sounds awesome for me.

Since i’m starting a new blog, in a completely new website, i will be writing a lot from now on.¬†Yeah, wish me luck with that. But i promise i will!

The topics could be life, my opinion about various topics, people’s life, or my own life which i consider would be the most of it. I might not be the best writer compare to any blogger, but my purpose is to get things and thoughts out of my mind, just in case i forgot it the day after, and write it down here so people could read it and maybe could have discussion later on. I really want to encourage many young people, including me, ¬†to speak up about their opinion.

I’m up for many things including crazy unusual discussions, or maybe videos ūüėČ So, if you have some¬†things for me to discuss or even to do, let me know. And i’ll make it happen.

Let’s create many stories and speak up!