I am often asked to show my teeth in public when some friends know I have a high pride of being an Indonesian. They say if I love my country I have to show it to the world. In their opinions, It is by joining an Indonesian traditional dance club here in Germany. It makes me recall the time when I was in a senior high school and followed an Art subject in which I had to choose either Playing Gamelan (a set of Javanese traditional instrument) or Dancing. I was confident enough to choose Gamelan over dancing. Frankly speaking, my movement will always look akward when I dance. I cannot give a soul to it. Dancing should have a soul to make it alive to send audiences messages through dancing. Even when one plays gamelan, there is a message in there. I am just not the right person to convey messages through dancing even with some practices.
Patriotism does not necessarily mean that I myself have to be seen physically by people, there ON THE STAGE for example. People have different ways of showing their paths to patriotism. Today is 28th of October 2015 marks 87 years after the youth solemn pledge or Sumpah Pemuda was declared by the youth congress to public, to the whole world telling them that we even though at that time were still under the Netherlands colonialism, would not be parted whatsoever. The pledge shall never be forgotten by us (Indonesians), and here are the pledge written in the original spelling rule that applied at that time:
Kami poetra dan poetri Indonesia,
Kami poetra dan poetri Indonesia, mengakoe bertoempah darah jang satoe, tanah air Indonesia.
Kami poetra dan poetri Indonesia, mengakoe berbangsa jang satoe, bangsa Indonesia.
Kami poetra dan poetri Indonesia, mendjoendjoeng bahasa persatoean, bahasa Indonesia.
We the sons and daughters of Indonesia, acknowledge one motherland, Indonesia.
We the sons and daughters of Indonesia, acknowledge one nation, the nation of Indonesia.
We the sons and daughters of Indonesia, respect the language of unity, Indonesia
These pledges were very suitable that era when we even were still struggling to be an Independent country. THEY ARE still suitable to this day, the time when I am blogging this since many of us have begun to show some ignorance to our own country. The nationalism is depletting. If I may be allowed to whisper some wishes, I wish there would be another youth congress done by ‘Putra-putri Indonesia ‘ ( The sons and the daughters of Indonesia) to add more solemn pledges that go along with the modern era.
When friends mention patriotism to me, I have a different path on how to show it. The path I have been doing since almost 10 years ago. I do not need to be BIG to get the attention of people, at least being BIG and SEEN are not on target when it comes to my patriotism. Only few people do understand that writing through blogs can mean something. I do write to convey messages to people outside my own homeland, Indonesia. You see, I deal with positive and negative people all the time. I take it as a source of a pretty life. Those negative people will question me about how I manage to show my country to the whole world to be noticed by blogging. ‘You’ve got to be big to be noticed’ NO! a simple good deed will do! I see blogging is a way to connect to people. I write about Indonesia in which my writting has been searched by people around the world. Those positive people will never fail to see the light in the gap, meaning they are always seeing things positively, digging out the positive sides of everything. If they can dance to convey messages to the whole world about Indonesia, I can write to share people what they might miss about Indonesia. Should we not actually complete each other?
I have a pledge to declare that is simply to write about my country Indonesia even if I reside in Germany. I do not promise a constant writing about it since I dare say I am a citizen of the world who put great interests in knowing other countries as well. You are free to find more about Indonesia here through my blog. For the time being, a pledge will do.