Saturday, November 19, 2016

Wrong by Doing Right

the topic that has been bothering me lately..

On the recent news in Indonesia, we have been feeded with a stream of news about Basuki Tjahaja Purnama or known as Ahok who is Jakarta's current Governor being "accused" for mocking a religion by "falsely quoting" a verse in Muslim Qur'an.

In a short summary, the majority Muslim who felt offended would like him to be trial as how the law should be ruled, and this has been major headlines not only locally but also in foreign news.

It is understandable why this happens. Ahok had made a statement in the past, to disband one of the radical Muslim community for their radical actions. This community has been denying the appointed Governor to rule Jakarta, as he is not Muslim, and in fact, he took a serious and radical action to make a better Jakarta, though he has to go through the corrupted political situation which also not quite supporting his role. For some people, would say he is doing the right thing, but for some others who are bothered by his action, would say he is doing it wrong.

I won't discuss about the political situation on this post, but I just feel something is funny with the society these days, reflecting to the story above..
We often find a situation of the story above. We thought that we are doing things RIGHT, but some others would say it is WRONG, just because we are doing it differently. But, does that really true?

It is kind of hard to check WHAT IS RIGHT, and WHAT IS WRONG, as each of us would have different perspective of one case, depends on how we see the case. The thing is, just because majority think it is RIGHT, does it mean it is REALLY RIGHT? and vice versa.

And later, we will seek for more information to prove it is RIGHT, just for the sake of clarity to our standpoint, but we fail to seek for more information that prove it is actually WRONG.. Simply because, we don't want to be in the position that we are on the wrong side. And again, is it actually wrong? Really?

On a checkpoint, why terrorists feel that they are doing it right? Simply because they have their standpoint, proving that the other side is wrong or harming their position. And on the other side, why we have to eliminate the terrorists? Simply because they harm our lives. In fact, BOTH SIDES are harming each other..

Same case as Ahok.. He is trying to create a "clean" bureaucracy within the Government, but it also means that his action is harming those who have been crooked within the Government, for the sake of their personal advantages. Corruption within the Government is not an untold sin, it does happens everywhere, not just in Indonesia I believe. Yet, Ahok stands firm with his belief, that it is not impossible to create the clean bureaucracy, that would bring good result in the future.

For us to reflect, what will you do when you are in that sort of situation?
Will you stand firm in what you believe RIGHT? 
Or will you follow the stream for everyone is doing WRONG, and believe that it is RIGHT?

Then again, the big questions are:
Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field. I'll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase "each other" doesn't make any sense.
- mevlana jelaluddin rumi - 13th century