Sunday, August 17, 2008


Below is a part of President Soekarno's speech on the Independence Day 17 August 1966.
…Makin kita bertambah dewasa, makin besar, dan makin beratlah tugas-tugas dan tanggungan-tanggungan yang kita pikul di pundak kita.

Karena itu, maka pagi-pagi kita harus memperbesar dan memperdalam rasa tanggung jawab kita, baik sebagai manusia maupun sebagai bangsa.

Tanggung jawab kepada siapa ? Sudah tentu tanggung jawab terhadap kepada bangsa kita sendiri. Tetapi juga tanggung jawab terhadap kepada kemanusiaan. Dan tanggung jawab terhadap kepada Allah Robbulalamin.

Maka justru karena tanggung jawab itulah kita harus bekerja terus dan berjuang terus. Berjuang terus, kalau perlu mati-matian, ya berjuang terus—ever onward, never retreat (Maju terus pantang mundur).

Pada tiap-tiap 17 Agustus saya kembali berhadapan muka dengan Saudara-saudara yang berada di Jakarta ini.

Dan melalui corong radio saya juga berhadapan suara dengan sekalian Saudara di seluruh tanah air dan di luar tanah air. Berhadapan suara dengan rakyat di Jawa Barat, rakyat Jawa Tengah, rakyat Jawa Timur, rakyat Bali, rakyat Kalimantan, rakyat Sulawesi, rakyat Maluku, rakyat Sumatra, rakyat Irian, dan lain-lain. Berhadapan suara dengan semua buruh dan tani, semua prajurit-prajurit daripada angkatan bersenjata, arek-arekku yang memanggul bedil. Berhadapan suara dengan semua Putera Revolusi! Berhadapan suara dengan seluruh rakyat Indonesia antara Sabang dan Merauke, dan rakyat Indonesia di perantauan! Dan saya yakin bahwa saya bukan berhadapan suara saja. Lebih daripada itu. Saya juga berhadapan semangat dengan Saudara-saudara, terlebih-lebih dengan Saudara-saudara yang benar-benar revolusioner, de echte revolutionnairen, yang benar-benar progresif revolusioner dan bukan retrogresif revolusioner. Dan karena berhadapan semangat, maka kita mencapai persatuan semangat, persatuan batin, persatuan rasa, persatuan kesadaran, persatuan tekad.

Untuk apa ? Untuk mengabdi kepada kemerdekaan, untuk mengabdi kepada tanah air dan bangsa dan negara! ...

Quoted from "Revolusi Belum Selesai: Kumpulan Pidato Presiden Soekarno 30 September 1965-Pelengkap Nawaksara" [p.519-520]
Let's reflect.. Do we have that strong passion ? just at least as strong as our ancestors had during 17 August 1966.
If we do already have the passion, do we breath it ? do we live it ? and moreover, do we share this passion ?
Some of us do, some of us will... Ever onward, Never retreat! Merdeka !


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