Dec 3, 2017 #1
Independence is form of freedom from colonialism toward a country from the other country. Actually, we should not articulate the meaning like that on this context for Indonesia. Regarding to the constitution, it is 72 years since independence. But as matter of fact, the new form of colonialism turn up and have been dominated. Such as colonialism of economy, social, ideology, and also culture. Maybe we are free from the colonialism of the other country, but what about of economy or some of our culture? It is significant that nowadays, as the young generation patriotic fervor is less compared to the previous.
In this case, the foreign importance of our natural resource sometimes cause political stage in Indonesia from the intervention of other country. The new form of this colonialism can be more dangerous that colonialism in the past. For instance, Dutch has colonized us during 350 years. Consequently, we lost our spices, oil soil, etc. We can see from wealth side, that is not big actually, moreover spices. Why? It is because of the characteristic of plants can grow again. But after independence since 1945, at present we lost all of them. Some of people cut the forest, exploitation of cross commodity, stealing the fish, damaged the environment, and also domination of energy by foreign nation. The colonialism in the past, all of people fight as long as they can. Whereas, in fact the colonialism at present, the government also support of colonialization practice. How could it be?
Another aspect, as the young generation we should keep our culture. Culture is inheritance of our ancestor, so that is why we should keep it. In fact, we have 33 of cultures which claimed by the other country during SBY's administration. One of them, Batic which was claimed by Malaysia. We have many cultures in our country. But, we do not defend what we have to keep. We should keep and also perpetuate our culture. The reason of that problem, our less curiosity, and also do not make our effort to keep and perpetuate become our necessity. So that is why, as citizen of Indonesia we must be introspect ourselves first.
In conclusion, what become our duties that we must keep it. Especially for the young generation we should think about the freedom fighters and the patriotism struggles not only in these days, but also in other days. Consequently if we do not keep our culture, we will lost them. Because we are still young, so exactly we have much time to create for our country. Such as what our president planning, we must have an obligation on Indonesian culture, develop the center of culture and also characteristic based on the culture.