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Sunshine knocking on my window
Couldn’t wake me from this dream
anywhere the wind blows
I will follow you
That in my life
I still believe in dreams
We all know what happened on the 5th of November 2008. It is the day when the world found out that Barack Hussein Obama was announced as the USA President Elect. Her first African-American one. Some media deliberately ignored this fact for various reasons. Some may opted to do so because they’d like to keep a pretentious front that racial tension doesn’t happen anymore in USA. On the other hand, others did the same thing because they honestly were trying to pinpoint us to what they feel to be bigger problems like the looming global financial crises. I am not in an adequate position to comment on such motives, thus I refrained from doing so.
Yet the victory of Obama begs an answer for this question : what does it signify for us ? There are many approaches one can adopt to tackle this issue. As I imagine, there are several levels on our life to which this question may apply. National politic is the most obvious one. Yet Indonesian political dynamics are most of the times so ridiculous as proven by the recently-passed Anti-Porn Bill. It may well take many years until we can try to apply the significance of Obama’s victory to Indonesia politics.
What I think we can talk about right now is what it means for us on a personal level. It seems to me that his victory is a victory of dream. In this sense, it is an embodiment of Rev. Martin Luther King‘s famous address “I Have A Dream”. One particular line rang eerily true to what happened last night,
“I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.“
For me it forever would mean that I shall not give up for one moment to build what matters most for me. “Brick by brick, a callous hand by a callous hand“. Fifty years ago, a black man still had no right to vote in USA. If America is able to outgrow her own prejudice and recognize the equality of mankind, then I, too, should be able to dismiss my own doubts and realize that I have everything I need to chase my dream.
My dream is being a published writer. Not terribly difficult, but not plain simple either. Today, I got reminded of a very fundamental truth. That if we strive to chase our dream, if we refused to budge to whatever setbacks we may experience; one day we will get there. Thus Mr. Barack Obama, I salute you. For me, today will go down in a history where not only democracy won. It is the day when mankind conquer its own wounds and overcome.