The moral of the story is “banyak baca banyak tau” (“the more you read, the wiser you are”)
The result of DKI Jakarta Governor Election shown that my favorite candidate lost.
Unlike before which I always get angry everytime my favorite one lost in the election, now I feel more calm.
The result shows that Jokowi-Ahok takes the first place and Fauzi Bowo-Nachrowi Ramli takes the second place. Therefore, they will continue to the second round of election for the final decision of who will rule Jakarta Next.
Why am I so calm? Because according to Julia Suryakusuma (author of “Agama, Seks, dan Kekuasaan” / “Religion, Seks, and Power”) the leader is the reflection of its people. You will get corrupt leader if the society is corrupt to begin with. Like in my uni, the leader of student body is always people with shallow-mind. Now I know it’s just because the students there are shallow-minded too: apathetic and selfish, and so on…
Second reason why I am calm because it’s at least Joko Widodo who gets the most votes. I told you in my previous writing, that I adore his simplicity and mindful action. Proof of his success was when all informal traders in Solo can move voluntarily to new market without open conflict with SATPOL PP. The people there are also really orderly (proven when there is OVJ live show there). I don’t know whether they are orderly because they have good role-model like their leader, or their leader is a good role-model because he was born and raised in an orderly society like them.
So then, whatever the result will be, it’s the real reflection of what kind of people we are. If he’s corrupt, it means the society is corrupt too to begin with. If he’s evil, it means the society is evil too. If he’s stupid, it means the society is stupid too. And I can’t be mad about that. If we want a good leader, we need to change ourselves.
If I haven’t read Julia Suryakusuma’s book, I wouldn’t have this wisdom in my mind. And this is proof that the people who read more are wiser. They are of course more mature when facing personal and social life problems. Because knowledge could change you.