It’s the day after the night before. Time to wonder whether this new year really can be a year of hope, revival and positive developments. Or is despair much more likely ?
To be factual one has to admit that though the year 2012 has hardly started the 2011 heritage has spoiled it already.
There of course is this burden of economic and financial gloom and doom. But that’s not all.
Last Friday the Wahid Institute reported religious freedom in Indonesia is at an all-time low. Ahmadiyah, Christian, Shiite, actually any religious minority faced cases of intimidation, arson and even killings last year. Almost 200. That’s not the kind of Pancasila I’ve been told about.
On New Year’s Eve President Obama signed ( though reluctantly) a Defense Bill implicating arresting and holding suspected terrorists if necessary indefinitely without trial. Which is not the kind of Western state of law I’ve been told about.
Hungary’s Prime minister Viktor Orbán, has provided the country with a new constitution limiting the freedom of the press and the independence of the national bank as off today. And only last Friday, December the 30th, Hungary’s parliament reduced the number of officially recognized religions. Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam are not included. Which is not the kind of European Union I’ve been told about.
What can we do?
Or shall I follow the Biblical advice “Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart…enjoy life with your wife” (Ecclesiastes 9)?
Well, as for me I will now make a slow start by going to the cinema and watch that much commended movie “The Artist“. And perhaps afterwards I will cry out and become a wrinkled, balding, overweight, very senior but angry activist the rest of my life >:\.