What Do We Actually Want?

What Do We Actually Want?

Actually, what do you want? When traffic jam occurs everywhere, you complain and even emulate through social media. Blame on this party, that party and others. You’re accusing of this agency that does not work, the other agency does not respond to public complaints and so forth. Well, when the streets are empty and you

Actually, what do you want? When traffic jam occurs everywhere, you complain and even emulate through social media. Blame on this party, that party and others. You’re accusing of this agency that does not work, the other agency does not respond to public complaints and so forth.

Well, when the streets are empty and you can drive on highway so comfortably, free from congestion, no pain in ears hearing the honking horn sounded as others want to, you also complain. You still protest and expose it through social media.

On the contrary, when the streets are deserted, no tourists passing and tourist attractions are quiet just like on Nyepi (Day of Silence) and really silent, you also complain as no income obtained. Bali’s economy is fragile and we are threatened as you describe it. When congestion occurs, you protest. When the condition is quiet and peaceful, you remain to complain. Actually, what do you want?

It is an expression in social media responding to the flurry of opinion in various social media related to Mount Agung eruption and its impact on Bali tourism. Well, what do you want? Definitely, we cannot engineer all natural phenomena as we wish. It has been predestined by God Almighty. There are scenarios we do not suspect. However, please be confident, it surely empties out to goodness for mankind.

We are just given a moment for introspection, for contemplation about the essence of life. Have we done it well and correctly? Have we been grateful enough for all the blessings and endowments bestowed by the Almighty?

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When many flights are cancelled and the airport is closed due to Mount Agung eruption, almost all tourism people shout. It is noisy and very excited. Okay, we have suffered losses? Previously, we have acquired lot of profits, haven’t we?

Do not we too much demand and complain, we just complain and condemn circumstances when they do not side with us? Please be remembered, the eruption of Mount Agung in 1963 did leave many victims. But keep in mind, this volcanic phenomenon also makes fertile soil and materials such as sand and stone that can be used for building materials. From there, almost all the materials of infrastructure and hotel development in Bali today are obtained.

In Hinduism, there is a teaching known as Sad Ripu. Sad means’ six’ and Ripu means’ enemy.’ They are six enemies in human beings to be fought, namely kama means ‘lust’ or ‘desire’; lobha (greed), krodha (anger), moha (confusion), mada (drunk) and matsarya (envy).

Symbolically, these six enemies are eliminated in the tooth filing ceremony (metatah or mepandes). It is performed on children either men or women that physically have been entering their adolescence. At the ceremony, the six teeth are symbolically honed so that the six enemies within human being would get eliminated.

However, as the nature of human implies, the enemies do not necessarily vanish after the tooth filing ceremony is held. There are still many temptations faced in living this life among the society. Once again, what do we actually want? (Gde Palgunadi/gdepalgunadi@gmail.com)

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