Once I knew a young guy
who learned philosophy and education
who read education, anthropology, and sociology
and who also read a Bell Hook's book about critical thinking
Now the young guy starts to think about his country: Indonesia.
Indonesia is a rich country with natural resources
Indonesia is the biggest island country in the world
Indonesia is a piece of heaven that fell from the sky.
But this is just an image….
It is only a cover hiding the true reality.
People never know the truth
People never know that conflict is part of reality
In Indonesia, people can kill each other
because of the differences in religion, race, and caste.
Where is the young guy who thinks about Indonesia?
He now reads Bell Hook’s books
He imagines about black people
He can feel the dark side of society.
He sees a candle in the darkness
He only looks at himself in a mirror.
Like Bell Hook, he starts to believe
Education is a kind of liberation
helping society to find their way to freedom
Education is the pedagogy of hope
Which leads people to more wisdom.
He thinks about action
He believes about the importance of love and spirituality
He believes about sharing experiences and learning from the past
He knows that everything is not simple.
He will try to be a falling star
always give the light,
but disappears into the middle of the universe
Athens, March 13, 2012