This post is about the first book that I finished this year. I started reading it at the end of 2012. It took a pretty long time I know. I haven’t really read many books lately. This is exactly why I made the book list.
So I finally finished a book. A good one too. It titled “Berani Mengubah” (dare to change) by Pandji Pragiwaksono. The book basically tells about how we should be doing something to create change instead of only demand it to happen. To be more specific, how we can change Indonesia.
The book reminds me of one of my favorite quotes:
“Be the change you want to see in the world” -Mahatma Gandhi
I do think that proactivity is one of the most important mentality anyone should have. Being proactive means taking a full responsibility of your life. Believe that you can make things happen, not just blaming everyone or everything else for what happened to or around you. It means taking control of yourself and all the potential in it to create some action towards change rather then just complaining or waiting for the change to happen.
Proactivity is one thing that you should have to be able to create change. Once you believe that you have the power, the next thing you need to know is how to use the power. What could we actually do for Indonesia? This is what the book then try to answer.
To change something, we first of all have to understand about its condition. First four chapters of the book mentioning the area of knowledge that we have to learn in order to change Indonesia, from politics, law, economy, to the history, characteristic, and the development of the country so far.
All those knowledge will open our eyes, help us understand what is really going on in Indonesia, the reason behind events and decisions our government makes, how things works and influence other things. Then we can see what kind of problems Indonesia are dealing with, how we could help solving them, and which part we could change to be better.
One thing you should know about Indonesia is its wide diversity. It is the biggest archipelago in the world with ten of thousands of islands spread between Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean. There are around 240 millions people in Indonesia with all kind of differences in culture, religions, believes, educations, views and way of thinking. The problem is, most Indonesian people still having a hard time to accept and appreciate those differences. Some to the level of hurting their fellow Indonesian. Just because they’re different.
To be more open to new and different things. To understand before hate. To not see differences as threats but more as a natural thing in life that we can even make a good use out of. To live side by side and work together in harmony despite of any differences. Those are things that Indonesia have to learn to be able to move forward. To create unity in diversity not to force an uniformity. That’s what the book talk about in its next chapter.
Of course we can’t do everything. That is why, by showing examples of some Indonesian heroes, those who are already out there doing amazing things and creating changes, it said that we better focus on the thing our heart lean into the most. Our calling. Our passion. That way we can create more change. Consistently generating a significant impact.
The book also mentions about being known internationally. Because, by then we could bring greater impact to more people. We could give and contribute more as the part of the world community. Indonesia would also be acknowledged by the world.
“Berani Mengubah” gave me basic insights and knowledge to start creating changes. It contains so much in 198 pages. The words Pandji used in the book are easy to understand. But like what he said in the last part of it, it’s time to act upon what you read. It’s not easy to create change. It takes courage. And that’s what the title of the book is all about.
I also like to quoted a poem from W.S. Rendra that are written in the last page of the book:
Kesadaran adalah matahari
Kesabaran adalah bumi
Keberanian menjadi cakrawala
Adalah pelaksanaan kata-kata.