Kamis, 04 Juni 2020

Obama’s Powerful Remarks to 2020’s High Graduates

Dengan alasan bahwa pidato/kata-kata ini sangat menyentuh hati dan sangat berguna bukan hanya  buat anak muda Amerika saja tetapi all around the world sebenarnya.  Maka saya menuliskan ulang teks nya dan ingin menyimpannya di sini .  Dan sejujurnya  video ini membangkitkan semangat saya sebagai yang tidak muda lagi untuk belajar banyak dari  kaum muda.  Di tengah kondisi yang serba tidak jelas, kemungkinan banyak dan pastinya perubahan sangat cepat sehingga butuh respon cepat juga sehingga saya sebagai manusia setengah abad benar-benar merasa ingin melihat anak-anak muda berpacu dan berproses dalam kondisi sekarang ini.  Saya yakin anak-anak muda Indonesia bisa memperlihatkan ketangguhan nya  sehingga kita semua bisa melampaui krisis ini dengan hasil yang baik dan bisa banyak belajar jika hal seperti ini terjadi kembali.   Menggunakan 21st century skills of communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity kita pasti bisa Aamiin YRA  

Thanks  Obama for your inspiration for us 

This pandemic has fully finnaly torn back the curtain on the idea that so many of the folks in charge know what they’re doing.  You’re going to have to grow up faster than some generations  this pandemic has shaken up the status quo and laid bare a lot of our country’s deep-seated problems,  from massive economic inequality to ongoing racial disparities to a lack of basic health care for people who need it.  It’s woken a lot of young people up to the fact, the old ways of doing things just don’t work that it doesn’t matter how much money you can make If everyone around you hungry and sick and that our society and our democracy only work when we think not just about ourselves, but about  each other. It’s also pulled the curtain back on another hard truth , something that we all have to eventually accept once our childhood comes to and end. All those adults that you used to think were in charge and knew what they were doing? Turns out that they  don’t have all the answers.  A lot of them aren’t even asking the right questions.

 So, if the world’s gonna get better, it’s gonna be up to you. That realization may be kind of intimidating, but I hope it’s also inspiring. With all the challenges this country faces right now, no body can tell ya, “No, you’re too young to understand” or “this is how it’s always been done” because with so much uncertainty, with everything suddenly up for grabs, this is your generation’s world to shape. Since I’m one the old guys, I won’t tell you what to do with this power that rests in your hands.  But I’ll leave you with three quick pieces od advice

First, don’t be afraid. America’s gone through tough times before: slavery and civil war, famine, disease, the Great Depression and 9/11. And each time we came out stronger, usually because a new generation, young people like you learned from past mistakes and figured out how to make things better.  Second, do what you think is right. Doing what feels good, what’s convenient, what’s easy that’s how little kids think. Unfortunately, a lot of so-called grown-ups, including some with fancy titles and important jobs, still think that way.  Which is why things are so screwed up. I hope that instead, you decide to ground yourself in values that last, like honesty, hard work, responsibility, fairness, generosity, respect for others. You won’t get it right every time, you’ll make mistakes like we all do.  But if you listen to the truth that’s inside yourself, even when it’s hard, even when it’s inconvenient, people will notice.  They’ll gravitate towards you. And you’ll be part of the solution instead of part of problem.  And finally, build a community. No one does big things by themselves. Right now, when people are scared, it’s easy to be cynical and say, let me just look out for myself, or my family, or people who look or think or pray like me. But if we’re going to get through these difficult times, if we’re gonna create a world where everybody has opportunity to finf a job and afford college, if we’re gonna save the environment and defeat future pandemic, then we’re gonna have to do it together. So be alive to one another’s struggles. Stand up for one another’s rights. Leave behind all the old ways of thinking that divide us sexism, racial prejudice, status, greed and set the world on a different path. 
Di tuliskan kembali oleh Tini Martini Tapran
Ketua Yayasan Generasi Semangat Selalu Ikhlas (GSSI)

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