Being The People of Tomorrow (A Personal Confession to You)

(Disclaimer: This post is not full of political-oh-My-God-What-Are-We-Talking-About thing, it mainly consists of my personal feeling and thought ―and also appreciation for our country, of course,  about our next event, Asia-Africa Commemoration 2015.)

Being the pioneer of Non-Aligned Movement, Asia-Africa Conference did make a big surprise on how the Third World countries could really give some contributions to make a better world. Despite the lack of power, technology, and even money, Bandung Declaration 1955 which has been made by the twenty-nine countries was indicating how enthusiasm for being part of the freedom world—from any fear, hunger, discrimination, and either colonialism or imperialism—was being cheerfully celebrated. I do believe that what we have done before was more than just a declaration and agreement, more than what we have chosen—for being Left, Right, or none of them―, yet it was also about to create a better understanding and to empower others. Making an understatement that every country and every independence person has the right to choose and to take part as the citizen of the world in any sector.

On April 1955, twenty-nine leaders across Asia and Africa gathered to propose a declaration about their idealism and the option they chose. When the world forced them to choose between the Left and Right, these newcomers of ‘freedom country circle’ proposing a new option. They dealt with the option for becoming Non-Aligned countries. Hence, Asia-Africa Conference was being the moment of how they wanted to give meaning in their independence. These countries used their right to choose and to speak up their mind about the ‘ideal world’ they expected it to become. Our Founding Fathers gloriously arranged Bandung Declaration and strived beyond the border. They were not only talking about discrimination and poverty, more than recognition and justice, but also about the right of every person to have their own decision. Bandung Declaration clearly opened other countries eyes that people do have the right to overcome their own fear to express their passion and dream to the society.

Yet, after more than half a century goes by, the biggest question is where are we standing right now? Are we, Asia-Africa countries which once took the role, still trapped by the gloriously romantic history of our Founding Fathers? And furthermore, what will we do and become in the future of our multidimensional world? These questions actually lead me to explore and learn about what we, especially as young leaders of Indonesia, could do to give the right solution and to actualize ourselves by helping others and being the people who of tomorrow.

In 2005, a conference has been held in Jakarta which had a conclusion to make the New Asian–African Strategic Partnership (NAASP). NAASP has three pillars as their main basics, there are political solidarity, economic cooperation, and socio-cultural relations, and thus there will be a better interaction between Asia and Africa. However, are those three points strong enough to make a better relation and give beneficial impact not only for both regions but also for the society across the globe and as Soekarno has said before, to literally fulfill our independence? To actualize our self by looking around us it is that what we really need to do as the main actor of Asia-Africa country. The notion of being the person of tomorrow was being introduced by Carl Rogers back there. This has the meaning to become a fully functioning person. Yet, is it possible to use our Bandung Declaration as one of facilities―not merely as history―to make the nation and people of tomorrow exist in our world? The following paragraphs I would like to share are the further explanation about the fundamental ways to become the nation of tomorrow in this globalization era after the Asia-Africa Conference.

I. To Speak Up and Re-embrace the Declaration Which Once Has Been Forgotten

As Jakarta Post has ever posted, Bandung Conference gave Indonesia particular meanings. It revived the ‘bebas aktif’ foreign policy, and it is becoming a national heritage in the gallery of Indonesian as well as Bandung history. [1] Yet, in my opinion, is it merely ended as history? Or, is it not even starting yet? Bandung Declaration did teach us to speak our mind and ideas even other voices are trying to get us down. Asia-Africa Conference has opened our mind to wisely use our right and to solve the problem about various aspects and problems. What about now and in the future? What are we doing right now? Have forgotten the content of the declaration? Isn’t it actually the right time to speak up and to decide our action we are going to take in order to help society out there? In our globalization era it is, where space and time are easily to reach, to speak our ideas in international community is something we should do more. How could we help others and express our idea if we don’t dare our self to share it with others? How could we take a wise decision if we reluctantly re-embrace the precious knowledge we have?

II. To Make Evaluation and Act like an Independence Country Should Be

The phrase of ‘the older we get, the more challenging life becomes’ vividly shows its appearance in our social life. In our globalization world, culture and the rhythm of environment are gradually changing. Yet, the problems across the globe seem still having the same patterns. Poverty, the lack of education, discrimination, and human right violation are still in every corner of our life. Why do they still appear while we have fought against it for centuries? When Bandung Declaration have been written down, we, Asia and Africa countries declared that we had the same goal to try to erase all of the problems above. However, it seems none of us have already overcome it. Evaluation and act like an independence country by share the education is one of the ways to reduce the problem.

III. To Solve the Problem, not Blame the People

We are being conditioned to talk, but not to listen. Being a human human is listening to other voices. What the role of our freedom Asia-Africa countries are to start to listen other voices and not only quantitative and all about graphic side. Now, we should find out the problem rather than blaming other people because we could not find the proper solution. Being the people of tomorrow it is that actually the time to spread our network and knowledge to learn more and read more to try to solve the problem of our society’s life.

In 2015, countries are committing with the new era of globalization. It needs more than declaration and commitment to make a real change and to become the people of tomorrow. The commitment and the willing to try to spread out our knowledge and ability could be another aspect for completing any requirement to help the world become a better house for better people and make the exact role we can play in our world.

1] Mulyana, Y,G. (2011, April 29).  The 1955 Bandung Conference and Its Present Significance. The Jakarta Post. Retrieved from


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