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Same Thing Every Year: We are all cheaters, aren’t we?

As the years go passing by, we grasp the glimpse of the past of our memories. The certain thing that I realized as a human is that we all have the ability to learn anything. Thus, we have the very potential to become anything. And that is related to each of our dream that we want to pursue. I believe that every one of us has a dream. A good one.

But when our society is getting old, and became too lazy to move on, the reality is that we blindly follow our tradition. The core value became vague and all we are going to do is just cliché routine activity. Unnecessary and Unessential.

Furthermore, when it comes to politics, all the moral value sometimes tend to bias. Just take a look at our late presidential election in 2014. Everyone tend to have their own agenda, their own desire. It is about how to maintain power and controlling the people. And I said to myself, “We are all cheaters aren’t we?”

I remembered my final test in my high school. The test itself was prepared by the government. Every third-year student back then was studied very hard, desperately they want to graduate. Even the lazy one changed their behavior significantly.

The tension of all students and also the teachers were pumped out. The students want to graduate, and the teachers (institution) must elevate the graduation numbers. So, the pressure was on the both sides. Just for your information, there are several suicide cases happened because the students had failed the exam.

In the other hand, I think everybody knew, every year the test questions sheet leaked out. It was inside job clearly. Usually, the questions sheet spread out by the night and voila, nearly all the students knew. It is not so confidential anymore. –I’m not sure about now, though

In the last decades, there has been a huge shift in our technology and behavior, which resulted in a swift change in our social norms. “Cheating” and creating unfair advantage has become the only way to achieve a goal. Athletes used the drugs to enhance their performances, students taking advantage from the leaked test sheet, presidential or mayor election where every one of them gives the routine speech about corruption and justice, Friday speech for Muslim as the speaker speaks about the moral value of the Qur’an again and again, but the society remain unchanged. We are still the same one like we get used to before. Corrupts in all aspects. And don’t forget, EVERYONE is stealing music, movies, books and software and anything digital from the internet! Well, just admit it, we are all cheaters aren’t we?

I still remember one advertisement from one political party about the corruption which turns out that every single person who taking a role in that ad was arrested because of corruption. Such an irony to our nation.

There is old saying; it is much harder to turn the ship around the bigger it is. Well, the situation in our society is not only bigger, it was also quite complex. Thus, we can’t blame anyone directly. This is about the broken down society. We should admit it that this is our loss. Our value had been decayed. Rotten for years.

And every year we are doing the same thing, again and again. Well, in my opinion, this is a matter of commitment, integrity, and honesty. How we committed to change ourselves so that we can affect our own surroundings. Can we make it?

And for now, for every aspect that deteriorated inside, we must admit it that we have taken part in it. Every single one of us. Realize it or not, like it or not, we are responsible for all of that. Our silence affects our society.

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لِمَ تَقُولُونَ مَا لَا تَفْعَلُونَ

O you who have believed, why do you say what you do not do?

كَبُرَ مَقْتًا عِندَ اللَّهِ أَن تَقُولُوا مَا لَا تَفْعَلُونَ

Most hateful it is with Allah that you say that which you do not do.

If every speaker in Friday prayer have sufficient awareness about this two verses, and the way they speak is not boring enough, our society may have changed. At least, the people will listen and they have the commitment to change themselves. But we desperately choose to debates among us, and after that we lost our own consciousness, we forget our own goal, our society goal. It was fun to debates wasn’t it? So weird!

New year? Happy new year? Well, it seems not. Happy 5-year cheating on an election, happy cheating for illegal download, happy cheating for the student. happy cheating for all people!

*just my cynical thought about my surroundings. Politics, organizations and value of life. It is about our own characters, our greed, and desire which sacrifices a lot. Wish we have a better year in 2015 🙂

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