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Life Is Tough, Kids!

I was so busy lately and have missed two important news: (1) Death of Jon Bon Jovi, and (2) Punk kids got arrested in Aceh by the Sharia police. The first news was a hoax (Thank God!), but the second one isn’t. I didn’t get a clear understanding of what’s happening with those (so called “Punk” kids) in Aceh, until my friend Fika wrote it on Blog IMO.

Turns out they were labelled as “punk” because they have this mohawk hair-style, wore dirty clothes, and were attending punk-rock music concert. A very shallow interpretation of punk indeed, to my snobby opinion. I’m not an expert,  but as a former musician who played in several indie bands myself, I tend to believe that:

The term “Punk” itself have a deeper and more valuable meaning beyond what-you-wear and what-music you listen to.

You must start from the inside, use it as a way of life, it directs you on how to think, how to be independent, and how to survive. Keep doing the things you like, but never forget your responsibility. I never adore the idea of showing-off a particular style to state a certain identity, I’d rather show myself on stage playing with my band. Doing the things I like, instead of following what others like.

I just hope that all those kids who got arrested were not just a “punk outside but a coward inside.” But I wouldn’t bet either that those kids truly understands what the punk ideology really means. More likely, they’re just following what their friends are doing. And while other kids are trying to compete with each other in a positive way, showing off their achievements, making their parents proud, these kids were letting the days passes by without actually received anything valuable. Again, it’s just my super-snobby opinion, pardon me. I feel bad for the parents, who struggle to create a future for these kids!

Life is tough, kids. You got your hair shaved off, your body immersed to the river, and detained for days. You know now religion has nothing to do with making people nice, kind, and fair. If you’re trying to figure out which part of “looking like a punk” is contradictory to Islamic laws, well, I have the same question myself. But life isn’t fair (and will never be) and that’s why we have to fight. And you don’t just fight by wearing punk-style clothing, you fight with your work, your creations. Make songs, be a lawyer, study politics and be the next president if your dare!

In the mean time, try to stay out of Aceh.

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A Rise Against Ignorance

Now that Abubakar Ba’asyir was sentenced to 15 years in jail, will the act of terrorism and bombings no longer exists in Indonesia? According to some experts, considering the nature of the ‘jihadi virus‘ which is resilient and mutates, we will still see more of attacks, because the virus is passed from friends to friends, families to families. Worse, using religious doctrines and taking advantages of the low-educated society, this virus has found a suitable place to grow.

When it comes to God, religion, and faith, somehow our people are easily indoctrinated without further questioning, because they fear the doubts will make them sinful, for have been disbelieving God’s rules. It is sinful to be critical.

But if the ‘jihadi virus’ can be passed easily, why can’t the virus of ‘peace, tolerance, and respect‘ also spreads to our society, dominating their beliefs and take over the violent ones?

Why did my 6 year-old nephew once asks, “Auntie, the woman hosting this TV show is a Christian. She shouldn’t be allowed to live in Indonesia.” I delivered this question to his parents and they easily replied, “He went to this Islam kindergarten, and perhaps his teacher taught him about other religion. It’s not a big deal.”

Not a big deal?

Living in big cities cause depression for some people. Hatred is something that can easily be injected to young generations, who are having peer pressures and struggling with their own identity. And in small villages, without access to adequate information, the condition is worse. No one dare to have any questions about their faith, no one have the courage to be critical, and this fear is transferred from parents to their children, grandchildren, and so on. Some of them even have the motto of “In Islam boarding schools we trust,” or “In mystical practitioner (a.k.a Dukun) we trust!

So basically I agree with the plan to NOT only fight against terrorism, but also to prevent the virus from spreading to our young generations at the first place. And when we speak about the young people, we are talking about low-educated parents who are already ‘infected‘ by an even dangerous virus of ignorance.

We still have a complicated homework to finish.

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Film “?” Haram, So What…?!!!

Gonjang-ganjing MUI akan mengharamkan film “?” karya Hanung Bramantyo mendapat kecaman keras dari penduduk timeline twitter saya. Walaupun keputusan tersebut belum final, banyak pihak menyayangkan dan mengkhawatirkan dampak fatwa MUI tersebut terhadap kemajuan perfilman, budaya dan tentu saja pola pikir masyarakat luas terhadap keragaman agama di Indonesia.

Saya memang belum menonton film tersebut, tetapi setelah membaca wawancara antara Filmoo dengan Mas Hanung, saya bisa memahami (walaupun sulit untuk menerima) alasan  MUI, yang salah satunya (menurut saya) adalah adegan pindah agama yang dilakukan oleh karakter di film tersebut. Seperti yang saya sendiri alami sejak kecil, di setiap pelajaran agama Islam, perbuatan tersebut dianggap sebagai perbuatan tidak terpuji (walaupun belum tentu haram, tolong koreksi jika ada yang bisa menjelaskan?).

Satu hal yang perlu kita ingat adalah asumsi MUI akan haram tidaknya film “?” berangkat dari sudut pandang ajaran agama Islam, bukan dari sudut pandang kebebasan individu.

Jika kita menuntut kebebasan individu untuk menyaring sendiri makna film “?” sesuai persepsi kita, maka seharusnya kita juga membiarkan MUI berteriak sesuai keyakinan mereka bahwa menonton film tersebut adalah haram.

Menurut saya itulah bentuk keadilan yang sesungguhnya. Inilah bentuk keragaman yang sebenarnya. Siapa yang memaksa kita untuk punya pola pikir sama dengan MUI? Tidak ada. Lalu kenapa MUI harus punya pemikiran yang sama seperti kita?

Saya pikir kita tidak perlu takut dengan fatwa haram yang dikeluarkan oleh MUI. Tanpa perlu fatwa, perbuatan mencuri jelas-jelas haram hukumnya, tapi toh tiap hari ada saja sepeda motor hilang. Kalau ada yang merasa fatwa MUI mengharamkan film “?” ditunggangi oleh kepentingan politik, saya malah mau tanya, berapa banyak diantara kalian yang mengolok MUI sebagai kesempatan untuk memperolok ajaran agama Islam yang tidak kalian sukai?

Hanung Bramantya sendiri, melalui film “?” ingin menyampaikan pesan: “Saya ingin mengajak semua memaknai lagi masih pentingkah kita berbeda. Terus yang kedua masih pentingkah kita beragama.

1) Tidak penting untuk berbeda, semua orang berhak punya pendapatnya masing-masing, biarpun berbeda, kita masih bisa saling menghormati.

2) Beragama adalah kebebasan tiap individu. Jika Mas Hanung merasa tidak penting untuk beragama, silakan saja. Tapi jika Mas Hanung menghargai perbedaan, maka menurut saya Mas Hanung harus menghargai orang-orang yang menganggap penting agama.

Sementara mulai pagi ini beberapa orang di timeline saya habis-habisan menghujat MUI. Dan mereka mengaku sebagai orang yang berpola-pikir modern, bebas, menghargai perbedaan? Apa nggak salah nih.. Yakin?

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