On Your Behalf

If we ever feel wonder what does play a fundamental thing on someone’s life, religion would be the answer and would really take it deeply. Religion has vividly not only become identity for some, but also determined on how society behaved. The notion of religious pluralism has been developed across centuries in human history. Our descendants have gone through―each drop of blood of every soldier in Crusade War and every tears which women and children have given for― for reaching the point of understanding that the differences do exist in our society. Yet, in our multidimensional lives today, where democracy and human rights are being declared worldwide, it seems that no one could deny that we need more that blood and tears to have a crystal clear understanding to what each of us actually stands for.

As one of the countries who has the highest number of population, Indonesia definitely has tons of things to fix on. Every problem that might occur in more than 200 billion people we have, faith and religion sometimes become the taboo one for being discussed in an open stage. We prefer to make it as a private thing while on the other hand, we still keep for having prejudice in what others actually do and have, without any proof, dialogue and further understanding.

Deep down, I always believe that everything and even every difference has its own pattern which we sometimes take it for granted in our daily life. The following phrases I want to give are actually the proposal for what we might have been missed in our religious pluralism life.

I. To Know That This Is Never Right To Give Any Label by Your Own

When our founding fathers―including Gadjah Mada I might say― tried to have a bigger picture of our nation, they have already known that made Indonesia standing under one flag was nothing but not being the egoistic one. Yet, it is way more dangerous than being egoist when we start to love to give any label upon what someone believes in. The label it is that makes people brutally figuring their own types of map of others while they don’t know what the destination is. This is the reason why in our pluralism, the dialogue is a kind of method we could actually know the true road and the destination others have. Not that I try to assume which destination is the right one but to get the more clearly way that it is okay for being different, it is okay for having the different map. Because the thing which more important is what actually you can do for others along the road while you are actually trying to reach the truth your heart believes.

II. Because Our Religious Pluralism Deserves To Stand Out of The Stereotype

Stereotype comes up when most of people think if they know something―and amazingly think in a one way. But, is it impossible that our religious pluralism finally finds the way to stand out of any stereotype that people may give? Yes, the stereotype that this is actually not the right thing to do to get to know what others believe in and think, that people should act like the stereotype we have for them. The history has proved that this is actually our ego made us hard to see that not every stereotype in our society is the right one. Time changes and so do the people. We are no more living in the time when the majority is the one who has the right. All we can do now is to reflect to our self and see the traces that it is actually worth to know the environment around us by learning other perspectives.

III. It Is Simply Because We Come From Different Initial

The different initial it is that we sometimes forget to remember when we keep to debate and give the arguments who is the right one. The different initial does matters because it will give us different way of what kind of religion we finally stands for. Some people feel that they are the right one because they do follow the track on their map. But, honestly, when we keep arguing, nothing we get because actually we are talking the different map and different way! The war starts at here and there, terrorism is being something we see every day, and lots of things that make us confused about what actually happens. And here too, we should have finally realized that sometimes the different initial will lead us to nothing but the peace and love.

Society might think and behave on their own. Stereotype might have its place in our brain. Yet, if we have some encouragement to think out of the box, to act fairly toward anyone, to look at them as truly human not merely give them a label because something that they wear or believe, our religious pluralism life will be no more a myth.