FAITH IN INDONESIA

FAITH IN INDONESIA
The shape of the world a generation from now will be influenced far more by how we communicate the values of our society to others than by military or diplomatic superiority. William Fulbright, 1964

Sunday, March 12, 2006

ANTI-PORNOGRAPHY LAWS

YONDER COMES THE GOLDEN DAWN –
A HAPPY FUTURE FREE OF PORN © Duncan Graham 2006

Observers say that if the anti-pornography bill becomes law it’s going to have a major impact on society. Too right.

There’ll be change aplenty – and all positive! Balinese painters, film flunkies, alleged artists and other self-promoting naysayers should just butt out.

The benefits will outweigh the negatives. In the future we’ll applaud the far-sighted visionaries who thought up this most essential legislation.

Think positive. Look ahead to the New Indonesia:

· No more skin cancer, but extra aid. The thousands of young Australians who’ve flopped on Sanur’s sands in monokinis are now quivering on dermatologist’s examination couches. Our big neighbor is the carcinoma centre of the known world. But no more. Keeping clothed in Kuta will save generations to come from a nasty disease. A grateful Australia will reward us with even more aid to milk.

· Productivity will soar. Statistics show Indonesian workers are far less efficient than their counterparts in the region. This is because they’re regularly distracted by the sight of female flesh. It’s widely known that Indonesian men never think of sex unless reminded by women, so they’ll now be able to keep their minds on the job.

· Meetings will have real outcomes. In the past much round table discussion has been involved with navel gazing. With belly-buttons banned important gatherings will make clear decisions with follow-throughs leading to measurable results.

· The young will become more articulate. Sinetron scripts have been largely wordless as actors rely on body language to show emotions. No more panting cleavage to exhibit desire. Instead she’ll say: “I think you’re a personable young man. I’d like my parents to meet your parents to check whether you’d make a suitable life partner.” Inevitably high school kids will follow suit and we’ll understand what they’re talking about.

· Boost to tourism. Globalisation is a bore. Everywhere is the same – novelty’s dead. But not in the New Indonesia. Come to the lush and lovely tropics and share the locals’ experience. Go fully clothed to the beach – it really is great fun and you’ll sweat away kilos! Try doing that in Penang or Phuket – they’ll laugh you off the foreshore.

· The fashion industry will bloom. Let’s face it – there’s not much to designing swimwear. How many variations are there on a theme of three triangles? But our smart young things now in technical colleges will turn their skills to top-to-toe outfits – outdoor wear the modern liberated woman must have to express her personality.

· Advertising will go cerebral. Layout artists won’t be able to drape cheeky bottle-blondes over the bonnet to sell a car. Copywriters will have to provide the vehicle’s statistics, not hers: “This model has two nicely rounded D size headlamps and a smooth 120 centimetre big end.”

· Getting stability back into marriage. Why is the divorce rate so high? Because couples get bored. They’ve seen it all long before the betrothals. But imagine a wedding night of real discovery and the start of lifetime learning. “Darling, what on earth is that? Is it some sort of growth – are you all right?”

· Investors will return in Airbusses packed like bemo. Travel warnings will cease. Armed with the certainty that there’ll be no more demonstrations because there’ll be nothing left to complain about, overseas cash will flow in a torrent. Labourers will stay at their lathes, seamstresses at their spindles. A placid workforce makes for a happy factory and profits to repatriate. Expect more Saudi riyals – and not just to erect minarets.

· Jobs for all. It took decades to build Borobudur – and it’ll take just as long to demolish all those obscene carvings. In its place the State will commission magnificent bas-reliefs from our most imaginative stonemasons. These carvings will celebrate modern Indonesia through the everyday lives of its citizens striving for a better future. The poor denied entry to schools. Workers in feudal sweatshops. The sick dying for want of care. Men hewing timber from protected forests. Women drawing water from polluted wells. Future generations viewing this monumental tribute will marvel at our industry and ask each other: “How did such a society get its priorities so right?”

(First published in The Sunday Post 12 March 2006)
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Frans Simanungkal said...

I love your support on anti-porn bill! You are my idol!

Aneh memang UU APP ini, anjing bersenggama di jalan saja tidak ada yang melarang, kok orang mau berciuman di tempat publik dilarang.

Dulu (waktu masih jaman Belanda) saya sering diajak Oma ke pulau Bali dan waktu itu wanita Bali bertelanjang dada. Waktu itu Bali dikenal sebagai the last paradise on earth. Tidak heran bila pelukis-pelukis Bali sangat produktif seperti Le Majeur dan membuat Bali sangat terkenal ke seluruh dunia karena keindahan lukisan-lukisan wanita Bali yang sangat polos tersebut. Waktu itu Bali sungguh makmur dan tidak ada orang miskin di Bali. Sekarang wanita Bali takut bertelanjang dada karena takut dianggap tidak berbudaya, padahal itulah kebudayaan Bali yang sangat adiluhur itu. Itulah puncak keindahan di Bali yang sekarang sudah tidak bisa ditunjukkan kepada masyarakat dunia. Justru kita yang harus melihat kemajuan negara lain.

Demikian pula orang Papua. Mereka sekarang terpaksa pakai celana supaya dianggap orang yang berbudaya, padahal justru dengan bercelana mereka sangat repot dengan aktivitas mereka sehari-hari.

Begitulah kalau urusan dada dan celana menjadi ukuran kemajuan. Coba lihat di Belanda, Denmark, Amerika Serikat dan Australia, semua orang bebas tidak berpakaian apa pun kalau mereka mau. Tidak ada orang yang melarang untuk telanjang bulat, bersetubuh di taman, atau melakukan masturbasi di tempat umum. Akibatnya negara mereka maju dan kaya-kaya, tidak punya utang, dan tidak seperti negara kita. Bayangkan apa yang terjadi kalau mereka pakai gamis, alangkah repotnya mereka melakukan semua itu.

Frans Simanungkal said...

Wahai para domba yang tersesat yang mendukung RUU APP, sadarlah...

Terimalah kabar gembira karena sudah datang kerajaan kita! Tolak RUU APP karena jelas-jelas tidak sesuai dengan iman kita. Maukah kita diatur untuk kebebasan yang sudah kita punya selama ini. Sadarlah dan sadarlah...

Kalau RUU APP disetujui maka kita tidak akan bebas menafsirkan cinta sesuai dengan kehendak kita. Kita tidak bebas lagi menggunakan tubuh kita sesuai dengan keinginan kita. Padahal my body, my rights.

FF said...

Saudara Frans, dangkal sekali
kesimpulan yang anda ambil dengan membandingkan keadaan di negeri ini dengan nagri.
dan keadaan saat ini dengan keadaan nenek moyang dulu:

"Demikian pula orang Papua. Mereka sekarang terpaksa pakai celana supaya dianggap orang yang berbudaya, padahal justru dengan bercelana mereka sangat repot dengan aktivitas mereka sehari-hari".


Jujur saja secara logis saya TIDAK SETUJU RUU APP, tapi juga TIDAK SETUJU melihat (bahkan membayangkannya saja tidak) teman-teman saya bersenggama dengan santainya di pinggir jalan, dan berkata "hai!!" pada saya yang kebetulan sedang lewat.

"Tidak ada orang yang melarang untuk telanjang bulat, bersetubuh di taman, atau melakukan masturbasi di tempat umum. Akibatnya negara mereka maju dan kaya-kaya, tidak punya utang, dan tidak seperti negara kita."

kalo bener cuma dengan masturbasi di tempat umum, atau bersetubuh di jalan bisa bikin sebuah negara kaya, maka semua negara sudah kaya raya saat ini.

jadi mengapa tidak langsung saja anda buktikan dengan masturbasi di tempat umum atau bersetubuh di jalan, bukankah sesaat setelahnya anda bisa kaya raya ??

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