Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Great Speech from A Commedian

Well, two weeks ago, a confrence being held by my students organization. In the end of the session, that i know its about passion (damn, i'm commin' late so i'm not sure about what is the session on that time) the facilitators show us a videos. A videos of Charlie Chaplin, well, its so interesting that Charlie Chaplin dressed as Der Fuhrer and giving the patriotic speech. Its totally different from the image of Charlie Chaplin itself in the most of us, in the mute films, i guess so.

The videos actually comin' from his film named "THE GREAT DICTATOR" in 1940, where he is act as Dictator Hynkell, a fictional character that absolutely criticize Hitler, the Germany Dictator. Well, most of my friends on the session just watch the videos and i guess most of them are not clearly understand what is actually the Dictator Hynkell says as he giving his speech with the style as German accent, as Hitler do in his speech. For me this videos are so inspiring and important for everyone watch then giving reflection about the humankind.

I watch this videos, almost a years ago from my Senior, Dimas Suryo posts in his twitter accounts, so let me share it together with the script. Enjoyed mates, and let us unite! ;)

courtesy: youtube.com

The Script of Speech:


I'm sorry, but I don't want to be an Emperor - that's not my business. I don't want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone, if possible -- Jew, gentile, black man, white. We all want to help one another; human beings are like that. We want to live by each other's happiness, not by each other's misery. We don't want to hate and despise one another. In this world there's room for everyone and the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone.

The way of life can be free and beautiful.

But we have lost the way.

Greed has poisoned men's souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical, our cleverness hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost.

The aeroplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men, cries out for universal brotherhood for the unity of us all. Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world, millions of despairing men, women, and little children, victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people.

To those who can hear me I say, "Do not despair." The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed, the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass and dictators die; and the power they took from the people will return to the people and so long as men die, liberty will never perish.

Soldiers... Don't give yourselves to brutes, men who despise you, enslave you, who regiment your lives, tell you what to do, what to think and what to feel; who drill you, diet you, treat you like cattle, use you as cannon fodder. Don't give yourselves to these unnatural men, machine men, with machine minds and machine hearts! You are not machines! You are not cattle! You are men! You have the love of humanity in your hearts. You don't hate; only the unloved hate, the unloved and the unnatural.

Soldiers... Don't fight for slavery! Fight for liberty!

In the seventeenth chapter of Saint Luke it is written, "the kingdom of God is within man" -- not one man, nor a group of men, but in all men, in you, you the people have the power, the power to create machines, the power to create happiness. You the people have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure.

Then, in the name of democracy, let us use that power! Let us all unite!! Let us fight for a new world, a decent world that will give men a chance to work, that will give you the future and old age a security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power, but they lie! They do not fulfill their promise; they never will. Dictators free themselves, but they enslave the people!! Now, let us fight to fulfill that promise!! Let us fight to free the world, to do away with national barriers, to do away with greed, with hate and intolerance. Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men's happiness.

Soldiers... In the name of democracy, let us all unite!!!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012


An old abandoned road sign in "Kota Lama"
Every palce has a name, but do you know, that every name is have a background? Well, lets we know more about the kampoong names background in Semarang city.

 Sendangmulyo: Formerly there was a spring with a small lake ( spring, Javanese: Sendang)
 Mrican : Formerly, there was a lot of Dutch spice warehouse situated here (Spice, Bahasa: merica)
 Jomblang : Formerly, a lot of Jamblang(Syzygium cumin) trees here
 Pandean : Formerly, a lot of blacksmith, stay here (blacksmith, javanese: pande besi)
 Bustaman : Formerly, there was a religious leader named Kyai Bustam, settled here. Kyai Bustam is one's of the important leader of VOC(Veerenidge Oost Compagnie) mercenaries corps during the Geger Pacinan (Chinese Uprising) on 1740
 Petolongan : Formerly, the people who live here, most of them are gutter crafstman (gutter, javanese: talang=tolong)
 Ligu : Formerly, a lot of rent house owned by Mr. Lie Goe ( In the colonial era, there’s a lot of rent house in the Mlatten district )
► Sebandaran : Formerly there was Syahbandar (eng: Harbour Master) housing complex.
 Gergaji : Formerly, there was a lumber mill complete wuth the workers camp ( Gergaji, eng: Saw)
 Batterman : It taken from the words waterman, means the water sellers, its possible considering the location is near from Kali Semarang.
 Jagalan : Formerly there was a slaughterhouses situated here (Slaught, Javanese: jagal)
 Depok : Formerly, there was a lot of padepokan( pesantren, eng: monastery)
 Gendhingan : Formerly there was a lot of gamelan(Javanese trational music instrument) craftsman residence here.
 Ngaliyan : Formerly there was a monastery, built by Na Lie Ang, in the middle of his trail to Boja, a land in the southwest of Semarang.
 Plampitan : Formerly, there was a lot of lampit(eng: carpet) craftsman lived here.
 Jurnatan : In this place, the first time founder of Semarang, Prince Pandan Arang II, opened the forestall area and built settlement. Formerly this area still situated in the shoreline. Then, people called him Jurunata (eng: the builders).
 Wotgandul : Formerly there was a hanging bridge situated here. (Bridge, Javanese: wot; hanging, Javanese: Gandul)
 Pekojan : The settlement in this region was a people from West India, known as Koja.
 Kelengan : Formerly, there was owned by an ambtenaar (landlord) named Klein.
 Pendrikan : Formerly, there was a street named Prins Hendrik Laan. Prins Hendrik is the Husband of Queen Willhelmina, the Queen of the Netherlands in the early 20th century.
 Bongsari : Formerly, there was a chinese cemetery situated here (Chinese cemetery, javanese: bong)

There’s Nothing More Fun than Being at The Top

Greeted at the end of the long holiday weekend, it's time to realize a new experience, yap its called Climb a mountain! Yes, I really never felt such pleasure in the highest peak and enjoy the beauty of nature, admiring the creation of the Almighty, the creator of the Universe . Then, it was decided, early April the Easter long weekend, I’ll realized this new experiences.

Then, team assembled, initially there were 15 people planned to participating, but on the D-Day, only 13 people who bravely encourage they self to conquer the peak of Ungaran Mountain. Preparations are made, all gears are prepared, and this time the team was led by my friend who is a Mapala(Mahasiswa Pecinta Alam) members, Arsono Sugiharto. Arsono, managed everything related to the what is need to do and need to prepared of.

Maghreeb time coming over, athan was greet, but we were still not set, the preparation has not been completed yet, we still lack the motornikes, as a vehicle to take us to the Pos Mawar, one of the starting point for climb the Ungaran Mountain. Finally after all is clear, we start the trail struggling with a jammed flow on the main road of Semarang-Jogja highway through the cold night, with one detination Pos Mawar, Tirto Umbul , Bandungan District. Unlucky at the start of the trip, one of his motorbikes tire is leaking, the motorbike is forced to be left in nearby resident house near there. Because of its happened on the middle of the trip, in the middle of woods and its in the nite, pretty dark there, damn it, well, is it a bad sign? Could be, but life must go on right? ;)

At 9.17 pm, we arrived in Pos Mawar and then suddenly we met another group, which is no others they were our own friends, Dani, together with another 4 mens . Yap, we are now consist of 18 people. After lil introduction, filling the data for administrative purposes, then continued to check the gear, and the last one, a little briefing from they who experienced climb the Ungaran Mountain, then yap! The journey begins!

Firstly we walking through the pine forest, and walked slowly towards the west, into the forest and the narrows roads. Very bright the moonlight that nite, and it is wonderful to look east, flickering lights of Semarang, Ungaran, Kendal, and Salatiga City in the distance seems so beautiful. After exploring the pine woods for nearly two and a half hours, we arrived at the coffee plantation, a sign that we have been close to the Dusun Promasan, a transit point before climbing the Ungaran Mountain. Here we separated with Dani and his company, who decided to immediately climb to the top without transit. Finally, at around 11.30 pm, we reached the Promasan, and stayed in the house of one of the resident there. After got our dinner and our Isha prayers, soon we’re asleep, because at exactly in the 3:00 am in the morning we'll have to start to climb, so we could enjoy the sunrise from the peak of Mountain.

The alarms rang! some of my friends who have been awakened, wake the others, this time only nine people who decided to climb. Approximately at 3:45 am, the trail is begin, back through the coffee plantations, and we arrived at the foothill of the Ungaran Mountain. in the middle of the trail, there’s a debate about the climbing lane, about whats supposed to be the right lane, since its still dark so its difficult to see clearly. High shrubs obstruct our view,more high, it’ll find the higher bushes and steeper road. There was visible a flashlight from a distant, it seems from other climbers, we must be on the right track, I though. But then, the flashlight was getting closer to us and finally we also met with them, unfortunately, they said that, this way is a wrong path, they decided to give up because it has been since 03:00 am, tracing this path and a ended with the dead end! We have no choice, we ought to go down again.

Some of team member started to be pessimistic, including me. At the bottom, at the starting point, we take a break, its already 5:31 am, the sun has been rise from the east horizon. Fortunately, we still have a team member who still energic , they encouraged the other, giving spirit that we couldn’t give up, because we already in this place. Then we continue our trail.

The lane still bushes, but this tme is not as many as in the first lane. Through the slippery and steppy lane accompanied by birdsong in the morning, this trail was so great, and of course this atmosphere added spirit to get to the peak, as soon as possible. There is a natural sign that indicates whether we are close to the peak or not, that is a giant rock. When we were passed that giant rock, we felt so happy because it means that the peak is already near. Finally, after going through an extensive savanna, we reached the peak of the Ungaran mountain. Praise and gratitude spoken, and soon the beautiful scenery greet us, in the height of 2050 amsl(above mean sea level) . So its right that, there’s nothing more fun than being at the top.