inner thoughts

For You, Scholar Men

"The society that separates scholars from its warriors will have it thinking done by cowards and its fighting done by fools." -Thucydides

Buat kamu kamu yang lagi bosen sekolah atau kuliah, menurut saya itu hal yang wajar. Rasanya tuh rutinitas belajar gak ada hentinya, pagi pagi harus bangun, tugas selesai 1 eh malah dateng 2 tugas baru. Kalo udah begini pasti males sekolah atau ngampus, dateng ditelat telatin, dll yang biasanya kamu lakuin disaat rasa males kamu kumat. Hehe.

Nah, ini ada kalimat kalimat yang semoga aja bikin kamu semua ngerti kenapa kamu sekarang menjalani pendidikan. Kamu tau, pendidikan itu penting. Awalnya pait karena kamu seperti dipaksa melakukan hal hal yang kamu gak suka, kedisiplinan yang kamu gak mengerti kenapa suka atau gak suka harus kamu jalani. Tapi setelah semuanya dilalui (apalagi dilalui dengan baik) maka kamu akan bersyukur sendiri nantinya karena banyak hal menyenangkan yang bisa kamu lakukan.

Ini buat kamu, buat saya, buat kita. 🙂

kutipan dari salah satu buku favorit saya, The Catcher In The Rye. Sengaja gak saya translate ke bahasa Indonesia supaya kata katanya lebih murni dan lebih menyerap di hati (halahh):

“And I hate to tell you,” he said, “but I think that once you have a fair idea where you want to go, your first move will be to apply yourself in school. You’ll have to. You’re a student — whether the idea appeals to you or not. You’re in love in knowledge. And I think you’ll find, once you get past all, you’re going to start getting closer and closer — that is, if you want to, and if you look for it and wait for it — to the kind of information that will be very, very dear to your heart.”

“Among other things, you’ll find that you’re not the first person who was ever confused and frigthened and even sickened by human behavior. You’re by no means alone on that score, you’ll be excited and stiulated to know. Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now. Happily, some of them kept records of their troubles. You’ll learn from them — if you want to. Just as someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It’s a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. And it isn’t education. It’s history. It’s poetry.”

“I’m not trying to tell you, that only educated and scholary men are able to contribute something valuable to the world. It’s not so. But I do say that educated and scholary men, if they’re brilliant and creative to begin with — which, unfortunately, is rarely the case tend to leave infinitely more valuable records behind them than men do who are merely brilliant and creative. They tend to express themselves more clearly, and they usually have a passion for following their thoughts through to the end. And — most important — nine times out of ten they have more humility than the unscholary thinker.”

“Something else an acdemic education will do for you. If you go along with it any considerable distance, it’ll begin to give you an idea what size mind you have. What it’ll fit and, maybe, what it won’t. After a while, you’ll have an idea what kind of thoughts your particular size mind should be wearing. For one thing, it may save you an extraordinary amount of time trying on ideas that don’t suit you, aren’t becoming to you. You’ll begin to know your true measurements and dress your mind accordingly.”

Sama ada satu lagi, motivasi dari sahabat saya supaya saya selalu inget tujuan saya kuliah. Emang deh, sahabat saya yang satu ini.. tekad, kemurahan hati, dan kerelijiusannya patut dicontoh. 🙂

for you my scholar men


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