Not So Random Thoughts

1) Jealousy

Some people in this world were born luckier than some other. Some of you might be lucky enough to be born in a rich American family, able to get your AB from Harvard and subsequently work in the Wall Street and become even filthily richer. Some of you might be lucky enough to be bright-minded, getting an instant scholarship to Oxford but unfortunately decided to waste your life on drugs and end up as a whore in Amsterdam. Meanwhile, some kids must raise their AKs very early in their lives to protect their and their mothers’ lives, and some people are just unlucky to die at the electrically-powered bordering fence while trying to go across it from North Korea to South Korea, in hope for a better life. And a person can just be mediocre enough to have to spend too much time earning money, only trying to fulfill his dream of getting out of his island. And at the end of the day there is a chance that he cannot make it.

Paolo Maldini

Paolo Maldini

This guy has only ever played for one club in his life, becoming a living legend to his ex-club, and his name is closely associated to this club (and also his national football team, of course), and he has his ex-jersey-number retired until one of his sons plays at the same club. Now, if his ex-colleague,

George Weah

George Weah

wants to have the same achievement, the most possible way is to play at a Liberian club from his youth time until his retirement, and without losing my respect, his skill might have just been wasted had he decided to stay there. Well, Young Survivors Clareton is no match to AC Milan, right?

Up to this point, you might ask, of what importance is getting this kind of achievement? Well, none, really. But some people might want to have it, and it can’t be helped I guess. So, let’s continue.

You see, some of us are just lucky enough to be able to get much more life path possibilities (well if you are rich you can always go to Waziristan and fight against the US), while to most of the population these paths are just non-existent. There are many factors affecting it, one of which is your nationality. If you were born as a citizen of a third world country, f*ck the political correctness, the highest probability is that you will live at your home country, belonging to a low-to-mid class family, and being such means you don’t meet international standard of prosperity, and are not rich enough to attend Cambridge. And they don’t care. Well, not their obligation anyway, I understand. But a person having the same talent as yours has a higher probability to attend it if she is lucky enough to be an English. Can you accept the fact?

Lucky bastards.ย This world is not fair.

And we all know it has never been so.

PS: I am not saying that everyone must take the same life path. It’s just that there should be infinitely the same number of options everyone can choose from.

PS2: And you don’t need to tell me that I am merely a dreamer. I have realised that.


2) A woman’s important decision

Anonymity to the concerning person.

So I was chatting with this woman, a friend of mine, whom I haven’t talked to for several weeks or month. Well I think she had been enjoying the summer, outside Indonesia. Then I saw her profile photo and was surprised. There was something new. She didn’t wear her jilbab!

FYI, since the first time I got acquainted to her, she had been wearing jilbab.

So I asked for her confirmation, and she told me that it was true. She basically said that she didn’t believe that a woman has to wear it all the time. Moreover, she added, the men in the country where she was at were “more polite” and didn’t care about how she looked or what she wore. However, she felt worried about how she would face criticisms, preaches, curses possibly, when she goes back to Indo, which she had actually received.

My general response was that, why should she care?

So I gave her this song.

I thought at first she misinterpreted me for supporting her decision to take off her jilbab, or at least that is my impression. No. It’s not about wearing and not wearing; it’s about standing up for your right and not giving up the fight! Whether you decide to wear or not wear your jilbab, whenever you face threats, you must defend your right!

BTW, this is the same logic as why I support LGBT. As long as no other person is harmed, I support their rights to express it.

PS: I am not radical enough to give her a quote from Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

“Whoever lays his hand on me to govern me is a usurper and tyrant, and I declare him my enemy.”



12 Responses to “Not So Random Thoughts”

  1. 1 lambrtz 17/01/2010 at 2:25 PM


  2. 2 Grace 17/01/2010 at 3:04 PM

    perhatian, komentar ditulis dalam keadaan tidak fokus sepenuhnya.


    Lucky bastards. This world is not fair.

    Tau tak ape!
    But yah…selalu melihat ke atas dan iri pun akhirnya tidak ada habisnya. *shrugs*

    2. For me, hijab is your personal choice, whether you want to take it off, or whether you want to wear it still, is your own decision, none can interfere. I dont like those who force someone for something personal like this, as well as force his/her to abandon/stop doing it.
    I myself, honestly kind of think the same way as her. But that would be another story for now. ๐Ÿ˜€
    hey you, get something to eat lah. More nasi ayam, perhaps? *ninja*

  3. 3 bima 17/01/2010 at 5:52 PM

    mrene wae.. mengko tak suguhke spaghetti nganggo kacang polong :-”


  4. 4 Ando-kun 18/01/2010 at 3:06 PM


    This world is not fair.

    This world is one of God’s creation. God (if you believe) is perfect, but creations are not. ๐Ÿ˜

    PS2: And you donโ€™t need to tell me that I am merely a dreamer.

    I know that, you’re just a jealous guy


    Itโ€™s not about wearing and not wearing

    I am a male (usually only female wearing hijab) and my knowledge about sharia isn’t sufficient enough to give a reliable statement about hijab. Maybe you can rely on Grace or another hijab wearer’s answers.
    But IMHO, wearing hijab is not only about abide the sharia rule, but more than that. Privacy, expression to be proud as a muslimah, religion symbol, fashion, publicity, you name it…

    Whether you decide to wear or not wear your jilbab, whenever you face threats, you must defend your right!

    yawn ๐Ÿ˜†
    But I agree. You have to face any consequences for your decision. Right or wrong, it’s your decision and you must fight for it.
    You are the master of your fate :mrgreen:

    Tapi kalau saya cewek dan muslim, mungkin pandanganku bakalan beda 180 derajat kali ๐Ÿ™„ who knows?
    Kadang kala pendirian kita dipengaruhi kondisi pribadi, pengaruh lingkungan dan pengalaman hidup.

    the men in the country where she was at were โ€œmore politeโ€ and didnโ€™t care about how she looked or what she wore

    So, I guess that she wore her hijab in Indonesia just for her appearance and especially to please her men acquaintance?

    Saya respek terhadap muslimah tak berjilbab karena merasa belum layak memakainya tidak seperti para artis yg hanya pakai atribut agama menjelang hari raya. Tapi saya lebih respek lagi terhadap muslimah berjilbab dan konsekuen dengan pemakaiannya karena alasannya pribadi, bukan demi orang lain (termasuk cara pandang dan penilaian orang lain).

    “The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him/her a friend”


  5. 5 Zephyr 18/01/2010 at 10:18 PM

    1) everybody has their own way, their own story, one man one curriculum vitae, lucky or unlucky its depends on our perspectives, a subjectivity. jealousy… its a natural sense, its a normal thing in a human being’s life.




    The best weapon against an enemy is another enemy. — Nietzsche– ๐Ÿ˜†

  6. 6 Felicia 19/01/2010 at 9:22 AM

    This world is not fair.

    fairness is absurd, IMHO.
    One of my lecturer at campus also take off her jilbab which she wore at her younger day.
    I often hear my friends murmuring about her, as if it’s some kind of disgrace. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  7. 7 Ardianto 19/01/2010 at 10:53 AM

    Lucky bastards. This world is not fair.

    Saya suka kutipan yang ini. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. 8 itikkecil 19/01/2010 at 2:39 PM

    this world isn’t fair, indeed… but I still believe there’s always a tiny possibilities even if it seems impossible.
    and about hijab, yes i am a moslem and i don’t wear hijab with my own personal reasons and I think every woman has her own right to decide either to wear it or not.

  9. 9 dnial 19/01/2010 at 5:14 PM

    We have 31 definition for the word fair, which one we use in this post?


  10. 10 Frederick Mercury 19/01/2010 at 11:26 PM

    1) memang ada keadilan di kehidupan ini mbert? *skeptik mode: ON* seperti yang kita ketahui, kekayaan itu terkadang diturunkan lewat jalur genetis! sama dengan bentuk cuping telinga sama mata! :mrgreen:

    2) IMO, kalo konteks yang saya omongin, tentunya lepas dari regulasi keagamaan. intinya, kalo pake yaa pake lah, dan sebisa mungkin konsisten. tapi kalau nggak mau pake ya mending nggak usah pake sekalian *pernah beberapa kali kepincut sama yang berhijab dan yang rambutnya digerai* :mrgreen:

  11. 11 Pak Guru 26/01/2010 at 2:35 AM

    The world being unfair is rather a Life 101 material, and I did thought of the one-club-men phenomenon under a cynical light some time ago, but making a connection between the two is cool. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Without taking anything away from footballers mentioned from here to forth: I never took too seriously guys like Maldini or Raul or Totti when it comes to “loyalty.” Sure they’re gifted players with sizeable dedication, but people need to quit acting as though the Great Paolo Maldini must constantly repel the greatest of temptations to stay in one of the biggest clubs in football, as captain and eternal icon, and with loads of money.

    Jadi memang unfair. ๐Ÿ˜›

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