People always say, “don’t judge the book by its cover”
I say, fuck that ..
I mean come on dude, will you not judge a book with a cover of two dolphins humping each other’s brains out ? You wouldn’t read it would you ? It was just a few weeks ago that i bought a completely incomplete sherlock book while i already have the complete version on my iPad just because its cover was made by a nice brown leather. It is our nature, we are professionally trained by our nature and culture to judge and make perceptions. And yet we live by this hypocricy that we mustn’t judge. While at the same time judging.
It is really tiring looking at how people tried to make protests and racial equality moves. In my mind, they are like a bunch of mouses trying to protest their way to be accepted by a colony of possums. I cannot understand that after living for horribly long time, human being still cannot see that they are indeed different. And instead of accepting it, they tried to fix it. How crazy is that?
Its interesting how now in Indonesia, Jakarta especially, we have our first “Chinese” vice governor. Yes i put the “Chinese” in the most satirical way possible, he spent his entire life as Indonesian after all. While around my family there are many positive responses, apparently people don’t really like it in general. I guess thats because my family are also “Chinese”. Probably if i live with only indigenous Indonesian, i would probably be one of the people who send the blackmailing letters to Chinese Indonesians.
We human, are aggressively obsessed by these physical differences that they create wars between each other, but at the same time trying to get the most of the other race for their benefits. I mean Javanese people may hate Chinese-Indonesian, but they do like their money. Or the food that they make at the very least.
I have heard lots and lots of discussions on these physical fucking differences. How some people are not ready for leaders from different race, how people are afraid of Chinese businessmen taking over their land, how Chinese people feel that they are now accepted in Indonesia (you are never been more wrong my friend), how peace is so close and so on and so forth. To be fair, i grant you that the daily behaviour in between these races are normal, they can even operate with each other’s presence around, they can work together and stuff. But whether it is with an open heart or with hatred, i wouldn’t know.
It was only a few weeks ago that a picture of a nun holding hands with a muslim trying to cross the street goes viral in Indonesian social network. As if these kind of things is like a miracle, like a unicorn pooping gold on your backyard and puking chocolate rainbow with diamond sprinkles. And don’t get me started on how people will talk and talk and talk about a Catholic Chinese Indonesian marrying a Muslim Javanese. Judging eyes and mouths will follow them wherever they go (around Indonesia at least). I still can’t believe how naive people are, thinking that we already achieve equality when we still see the differences and highlighting it when the two colour meets.
It is for me the case of looking at a half full or half empty glass (although technically the glass was always full, most of the time with air …… i guess). We are trained to look things, especially regarding racial matter, from one perspective. People don’t understand that they can look at the similarities instead of the differences. Well i guess its human nature, or animalistic nature, i don’t know. Some kind of innate defence mechanism that after all these million years has apparently still differentiate between one and another. Even if when we are looking at the similarities, the differences will start highlighting themselves and the hatred will be nurtured. I guess this is why racial issue has always been a “sensitive” issue. I think at the very truth, people don’t really like each other, they don’t feel safe when they find someone different.
some people will say, hey no, this writer is shit, i don’t do that, i sit beside a Chinese guy at a lecture the other night and i don’t even hate him. Well for the people who say that, i’ll say good on you. let’s see what you think when that guy become your prime minister.
at the very least, i just wanna say that hey, don’t you all feel tired of this equal race movement? is it even worth it? do you really want to have the same job as those Chinese businessmen? I assure you that numbers aren’t that exciting dude. Why don’t we just embrace the differences and do what we do best? Chinese with numbers, Javanese with arts, and other race (that i won’t want to mention since i don’t represent their race and i might offend them) with their own stuff that they are good at. After all Indonesia was a way better place in the Majapahit era, when people only farm and harvest instead of trying to be westerners and work at the office.
After all, a horse can always carry stuff and run fast but they can’t fly to decorate the sky. It’s just not their role. And damn the sky will look ugly.