I am scared. The end of my time here at the University of Indonesia is already visible in the future, and it has hardly begun. Is this what life is all about, running out of time before you ever really feel like you can accomplish everything that you are capable of accomplishing or that is important to do?
Anyway, the Islamic holy month, Ramadan, starts this weekend. It is the month of fasting, both in terms of eating and in terms of your soul (well, depending on who you talk to…). It is definitely felt on campus.
So many of the organizations and groups on campus are based upon religion; actually, that is the case with many of the organizations and even the political parties of Indonesia.
I went to an awesome lecture today. It was a panel discussion about the role that the militiary, the TNI ought to play in Indonesia. There was a researcher, a student, a government official from high up in Jakarta, and General Wiranto. And plenty of fireworks, including antogonistic questions from isnspired students in the crowd. I felt right at home.
General Wiranto was a general in the army during the war with East Timor, and is still charged with committing human rights violations there. His position was pro-military, to say the least. (not that I really understood everything that was said, of course…)