Thursday, March 24, 2011


March 24th Dawn in Sanaa City - Yemen
Amid the raging of conflicts and wars in the Middle East countries, finally I left Middle East to return  to my home country. Flew by Emirates Airlines from Sana’a, Yemen (which since last couple days was told on the verge of Civil War) to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and then after stay overnight will be leaving Middle East toward Jakarta….... A quite long journey, but it is quite short when I again reflect on the present conflicts, and realize what an infirm and frail world we live in…….  Started from a small country such as Tunisia, the "wind of change" or “reformation spirit” has been so fast infected to other neighboring Middle East and Arab countries, and it has been rolling bigger and bigger like a snow ball,  Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Libya, Bahrain, Yemen, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Syria, and… where else….
Regardless of “who is wrong and who is right: and “who oppresses whom”, every conflict should be reviewed with clarity in mind. I remembered what C.S Lewis says: “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience, and then also the legendary Russian writer/novelist, Leo Tolstoy: “War is so unjust and ugly that all who wage it must try to stifle the voice of conscience within themselves”. These two quotes referred a same word: “conscience”. And I think, maybe those present conflicts and tensions occurred due to conscience problems. Should every conflicted party again tries to let the purest consciences speak to their own heart, and acknowledges the shortcomings and weaknesses of themselves and others, without demanding each other. And again, Leo Tolstoy is true, while he said: “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself”. Pondering all these things, ultimately I have been illuminated by Tolstoy’s wisdom says:”Joy can be real only if people look upon their life as a service, and have a definite object in life outside themselves and their personal happiness”. What a quality life we'll have with such mindset!

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