Hmmm…this is also an old post…
ASEAN LOGICS…an event where 44 students from all over ASEAN gathered in Indonesia and shared so many stories…well…
In fact, we have four kind of topics to be discussed in ASEAN Logics (AUgust 2nd- 15th). The first topic was : Bridging the differences in Cultures and beliefs. This was my topics. We also went to BAli for the site visit. We discussed how the differences in this world ( specifically in ASEAN) should not be the barriers to make peace and make this world a better place for living. We discuss how the differences in cultures and beliefs in own countries. How Indonesia have had a problem ( such as Maluku riots), how Singapore dealt with all the pluralism. And the last but not least, how we have to respect all the differences.
Something cool happened when our group visited Bali. We stayed at Klungkung Village, at AShram Gandhi Puri. It was a kind of Hindu dormitory. Everybody prays in Hindu ways. As guests, however, we have to respect them. But in return, they also respected us by serving us a clean place to do our prayers (shalat).
At the end of the visit, we all together sang some different songs from different religions to be performed in front of the Head of Klungkung village. The funny thing was that the Hindhu guy there knew how to sing sing Salawat BAdar (Muslim Song) …pyuuuh….i wasnt even very good at it !!!
So….it all opened my eyes that hello….differences could not be that bad…
why bother with differences?
it is never wrong to be different….
So…the next topic in Asean Logics wah :
1. HIV and Epidemic disease. Site visit : PApua
2. Ecosystem and wildlife conservation. Site visit : Malang
3. Poverty and Globalization . Site Visit : Gorontalo
This event really opened my eyes that as a citizen of ASEAN community…we have to gather all along…hand in hand..make this place a better place for living…