Indonesia

by Reney Lendy Mosal

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I see Indonesia

in a pair of praying hands of a boy. He pray, naively, for this country : for the poor, homeless, and disadvantaged people all around Indonesia.

For being a high school student doesn’t stop him to care about others.

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I see Indonesia

in a smile of a someone who gave Rp. 5000 to an old man who came from nowhere, trying to get a little money to get back to his house.

For putting off every stereotype of a stranger, and decided to help him.

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I see Indonesia

in a photograph about disadvantaged people made by one of my lecturer. He post it in his blog.

For caring to minority group when he himself can be categorized as elite-majority group.

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I see Indonesia

in a bright young man who planned to be a teacher.

For choosing to care, while he has every choice in his hands.

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I see Indonesia

in a smile of a mother whose her son got imprisoned because of drug abuse

For the strength to face the problem, while others leave her.

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I see Indonesia

in my mother’s eyes

For raising a son, with help from no one.

And for nothing that can make her bitter. Not storm. Not riot. Not disappointment.

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Thats what Indonesia means to me.

For every 1000 things to hate, there 1001 things to love about this land.

One response to “Indonesia

  1. suatu hari saya dengar argumen panas tentang cinta indonesia dari dua temen saya yang mantan2an
    keren banget, si temen saya ini ampe berapi2, bilang betapa mantannya ini seorang snob yang ignorant, krn kelas sosialnya dia cuma sempat menjajal jakarta dan bali, terus dengan bangganya membanggakan jerman tempat dia sekolah, padahal ia masuk sekolahnya itu karena ga diterima di universitas unggulan di indonesia..
    detailnya tanya sama teman saya

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