When You Choose Another Path

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Choosing another path somehow can be seen as an act of cowardice. When that path is quiet, hidden, anti-mainstream, people can say that you are fainthearted. You cannot compete fair and square with the crowd in that mainstream path. They are better, stronger, and more experienced. Thus you are not cut out for it. You avoided that path and find another which is more suited for yourself. There, you could shine by yourself, glimmering below the flickering light. A little amount of people will admire you. You are the head of the worm. But still, your stage is not big enough.

However, choosing another path also could be seen as an act of courage. You are not going to choose the mainstream path, so you try your best to find another. You crack the stone, shovel the snow, clean the mud, and make your own path to be safe to walk on. You think there is no point to fit yourself in that tight competition, which is not always fair and square. You may not cut for that path, but you are suitable for this path. Here, in blood, sweat and tears, you are finally smiling. You find your crown, a little crown. You are the head, even though not a head of a dragon. Some people will recognize you and love you. You are their inspiration. And that is more than enough.

Why (Just) Being A Good Citizen Is Not Enough

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I just scrolled over my Twitter timeline two days ago and found that some people talked about an Facebook status written by a high school girl (which turned out to be viral). She talked about current phenomena in Indonesia. To put it short, the political situation in this country is quite heated up, and she expressed her opinion addressing that issue, while making a clever comparison of a government and a family. She also stressed the importance of making ourselves better before asking too much and (only) relying on the government. I agreed with several points which she had elaborated in her status, yet I disagreed in other points. One of them is the importance of a good government in a country (without belittling the role of good citizens). These points below is written based on my thoughts and observations only, so please correct me if I made a mistake.

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