Almost every weeknight I watch “Smallville”, a TV series about Clark Kent a.k.a. Superman. I guess people are still longing for superheroes, even nowadays.
Last weekend, on Saturday, June 21st, 2008, I attended a one day seminar on patriotism, held as a centennial commemoration of our nation awakening (a hundred years ago, almost forty year before my country got its independence, Dr. Sutomo founded a national movement called Boedi Oetomo).
A few speakers talked about patriotism (of course), politics, bureaucracy, and laws, while some other spoke about culture and education.
Among the speakers, there is this young woman, Butet Manurung, who spoke about her experience in education “jungle people” or Orang Rimba in Jambi, in the Central Sumatra forest. She founded “Sokola” (meaning school) there, after several years becoming involved closely with the people.
I was touched by her story, and I think that she’s a real hero, not a fictional one like Superman.
Visit http://www.sokola.org for more information about her activities and the jungle people.
H. Gunawan, 24-06-2008