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Diversity is destiny

Competition between pair Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (known as Ahok) - Djarot Saiful Hidayat and Anis Baswedan - Sandiaga Uno in the Jakarta gubernatorial election has ended. Although the scale of this election is only for Jakarta, this political contestation has a wide influence in Indonesia and gained international attention.

I do not want to talk at length about the first paragraph in this post because I'm sure everyone in Indonesia already knows about the political tension behind it and how its influence to the national unity. I am only interested in conveying the philosophical message to you all in relation to that matter.

Diversity is destiny. So that's destiny if in Indonesia there are Chinese, Balinese, Javanese, Sundanese, Acehnese, Irian, etc. More globally there are white, yellow, black. We can not choose to be born as what tribe or nation as we want. We can not choose to be born in a Muslim, Christian, or Buddhist family. We can not choose to be born in rich family. It is God's choice !!! So diversity is the grace from God. The biggest problem is not everyone realizes that it is God's choice.

Fortunately Indonesia has the four pillars of nationality to unite thousands of islands, tribes, cultures, customs, and languages in it, namely :
  1. Pancasila as the foundation of the country.
  2. Undang-Undang Dasar 1945 (in English : 1945 Constitution) as the state constitution.
  3. Negara Kesatuan Republik Indonesia (in English: The Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia) as the form of the country.
  4. Bhinneka Tunggal Ika (in English : Unity In Diversity) as the motto of the country.
I hope the fourth pillar, Unity In Diversity, can be adopted by the United Nations as the universal view point to our earth.

Happy Eid al-Fitr to all of you.

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  1. The problem is that many Indonesians have forgotten about the fourth pillar. They think diversity is a problem and must be eliminated.

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    1. Well, just one word: "ego".
      Correct?

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    2. Many? Agree but not majority.

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