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Jakarta Post

Pancasila, school and social learning

  • Khairil Azhar


Jakarta   /   Fri, June 21, 2019   /  09:17 am
Pancasila, school and social learning Pancasila illustration (JP/Budhi Button)

On a cool morning in a Greater Jakarta suburb, the sounds of birdsong and a clucking flock of chickens — which have their own worth — were under siege by the loudspeakers of several houses of worship. On such a presumably pleasant morning, the benefits of loudspeakers are diminished. They become machines that usurp the people’s right to peace, especially babies, children, mothers and the tired who need some rest. The cool air and the sounds of various animals at dawn are nature’s blessings and provide physical and spiritual relief. Loudspeakers were created to help humans. When the two encounter each other, however, the voices of nature lose to the noise produced through a collusion of modernity and religious absurdity. It is an “absurdity”, because I’m sure it is the result of shallow minds rather than God’s command. The use...

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