Indonesia is an archipelago comprising approximately 17.508 islands. It has 34 provinces with over 238 million people and it is the forth most populous country in the world. Indonesia has about 300 ethnic groups. Indeed Indonesia can not be separated from the conflict of the ethnic, religion, etc. The most conflict Indonesia is caused by the inter-religion. When people feel irritated in the differences or even accept the differences in the society life. Let me give a simple example in our daily life, sometimes we feel unsatisfied or even mad with the people’s opinion or point of view if their idea is opposite ours. Unsatisfied means unhappy, unsatisfied means disagree. Actually it is equal but we never aware that. It means we still have the lack of accepting the differences.
The most sensitive conflict that often happens in Indonesia is caused by the inter-religion. There are so many varieties cause of that conflict such as the house of worship-banned, some people thought/claimed that any astray leaning existed and they claimed that it was the despising of the religion. When some people claimed that they knew the truth, they could appraise whether it was wrong or not as if they had been a judge. When they thought that they were the most perfect person in this whole world. When some groups did something radically in the name of religion. They did anything they wanted without feeling guilty. The government couldn’t handle them anymore. when the right of people to live safely has been ignored. What does this nation look like?. When they lost control because they wanted to prove that they were right by doing something radically in the name of religion even in the name of god. There were so many people died because of that conflict. I am not even sure that they actually worship God when they did it. I still do not have idea what they are looking for, in this live actually. We knew better, we always know that the journey to the truth is endless quest.
I’m so proud of my country, when the symbol of Indonesia “Bhineka Tunggal Ika”. Bhineka Tunggal Ika means “Unity in Diversity”, it means although we are different in the skin color, eyes color, body, food, culture, religion. We have to be tolerance to each other as fellow. There will be beautiful if we can be alive in plurality, without feeling scared. I felt surprised, when I watched the news in England, when the catholic church let Moslem people to use their church to pray. How beautiful the different is, when we can love and help each other, but some people still misunderstand with the term of “Pluralism”. They thought that the pluralism was we could move from one religion to another religion. It such when we take off our clothes and we wear another clothes. It was not like that. The pluralism means when we can be alive tolerantly with fellow. I don’t have the capacity to claim anything big, but I believe that religions shall never be seen as black boxes of sacred, unquestionable teachings but rather a peaceful room for discussions where, under heaven’s blessings, people contend ideas and get ready for counter-arguments. If we believe in God, why do we hostile each other ?, Doesn’t every religion teach us to be a good people, and do the right things ?, so what we are looking for in this world is to do the positive things, and establish this country together to be better.
Actually what the people want and i are not complicated. We just want to be alive peacefully. We just need to complete each other. I never think and I don’t want to imagine it if we live in the same kind (physically, characteristic, language, culture, etc) what will it look like ? It will be creepy, I think. Maybe, we will kill each other if I and all people in this world are bad people. That is why God creates us in different initial position, stories, and etc. after all we’re looking for the same light, we believe that there is something else, something big, beyond what is physically seen.