Celebration of Compassion
26 July - 26 August 2019
Written by Suwarno Wisetrotomo
“If one’s feelings of humanity are offended, everyone with feeling will also be offended, except for people who are mad and those with truly criminal mentalities, even though they may be university graduates.”
– Pramoedya Ananta Toer
This piece of phrase from the novel Child of All Nations by Pram revives our conscience. Entering the era of post-truth marked by the widespread of disrupted information, maintaining sanity and humanity is a substantial thing to hold on to. Humanitarian issues are an everyday problem. Such events involve our selves, our families, and communities throughout the world.
Humanitarian issues are a common issue, closely related to human rights. The issue of war and refugees, environmental or ecological problems, inter-human conflict, inter-community conflict, economic and social injustice, discrimination on minority groups and marginal people are part of our reality.
In the Indonesian context, the differences in choices which seemed fine on the beginning started to heat up and become increasingly tense prior to the celebration of democracy a few moments ago. We begin to segregate in groups. Friends are throwing issues in the communication group channel. One and another spread news, photos and videos which they believed to be the most genuine. To verify the truth, we often confirm with "no picture = hoax". Yet lately what happened is probably “the picture might be a hoax”. Our beliefs could be shaken, or we could even become a fanatic.
The disputes of the dissent defect the friendship, the brotherhood, and the sympathy. We no longer care about the place, the time, or the person we are facing. What are we really fighting for if we have to hurt others’ feelings?