Honesty, Where are You Recently?

Lila Bangsawan By Lila Bangsawan, 15th Jun 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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I fed up with this condition. Honesty is being an expensive stuff in our society. How come?

In the Name of Honesty

I woke up in the morning, prepared and served my family's needs for their daily activities, and then read news from a local newspaper. I saw a headline from the 10th page of the newspaper "A blurred picture of an honesty". It told readers about a family in Surabaya - East Java, Indonesia, that had to move from their house because their neighbors were mad to them. Their house was shot with stones by their neighbors. This family was thrown away from their own village. What's up?

It was started when a National Final Examination conducted in April 2011. Our government has been trying hard to raise up the national education quality within Indonesia for years. The National Final Examination is defined as a system to see how is the quality of schools in Indonesia. It will also improve schools and their teachers quality.

There are three to five lessons will be examined amongst students at all levels of formal schools during the National Examination. Using this National Final Examination, Indonesia people can see the ranks of their schools in their regions. There are favorite schools, second rank schools, third rank and so on. It seems that, National Final Examination will define the image of each school then.

When the National Final Examination was conducted in April 2011, an elementary school student (a girl) was asked by her teacher to distribute a list of answers of certain lesson. The young girl felt that, it was not a good manner although at that time she followed her teacher's order. At home, she told about it to her parents. An then her parents went to the School Head Master, but there was no response. Finally, the young girl's parents went to the related local government institution to protest about the case.

The Local Government Institution then responded the protest of the young girl's parents. There after the School Head Master was invited by the Local Government Institution and was interrogated. This incident then blew up to the media. All neighbors of that young girl, whose children are the young girl's friends, were very mad to the young girl's family. They felt ashamed. These community saw those family as a threaten. The young girl's family finally was thrown away from their village by their own neighbors.

It was tragic. Honesty, where are you recently? Is the above case a mirror of our community's mental illness? How come a young girl being a victim of her own neighborhood just because she wanted to be an honest person?

I fed up seeing different cases happened almost every day in my society. Honesty is being an expensive stuff recently. Corrupt people are there at all levels of society. They are sick people mentally. Where this nation will be brought if their teachers and politicians are so corrupt. Would we heritage corruption behavior to our children through the hands of corrupt teachers? Should we? I don't think so.

In the name of honesty, I always speak to my students how to behave if they grow up some day. In the name of honesty, teachers should stress their lessons honestly. Because, students will follow their teachers. People will follow their politicians. I still believe, the truth can not loose. God will show the way. I only pray the best luck for the young girl and her family.

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Children, Difficult, Heritage, Honest, Honesty, Mental Illness, Mentally, Religion, Society, Student

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author avatar Lila Bangsawan
I am a teacher of an elementary school. I live in Bandung-Indonesia and have 2 sons. I will write on travel as my writing focus because I was a traveler around Indonesia areas when I was young.

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author avatar satan fury
15th Jun 2011 (#)

A very thought-provoking story with a message for everyone to reflect on.
I'm a very sincere person and treat everyone cordially and yet have come across a lot of people who try to tear me down. For some reason, honesty is seen as a weakness in today's society, but regardless people should always do what is right.

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author avatar Lila Bangsawan
15th Jun 2011 (#)

Thank you for commenting it, cutiepie. God bless you for your sincerity. Thanks a lot.

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author avatar Prasul Surendran
15th Jun 2011 (#)

It always happens to the sincere and honest work you do. Somehow the world fails to recognize the honest part of one's life

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author avatar Lila Bangsawan
15th Jun 2011 (#)

Hi, Prasul. It's a nice comment. Thanks.

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author avatar jak2010
15th Jun 2011 (#)

honesty, just another word in the English language. I am not surprized, Lisa, it happens everywhere, your country, my country , everywhere.

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author avatar Lila Bangsawan
15th Jun 2011 (#)

I'm afraid so, jak. Let's do our best honestly. Thank you for visiting me.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
15th Jun 2011 (#)

A reflection of today, that is something we all need to contemplate the reasoning behind, well done Lila

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author avatar Lila Bangsawan
15th Jun 2011 (#)

Yes, it is a reflection of today, I'm afraid. Thank you for your nice comment.

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
15th Jun 2011 (#)

Though honesty has become rare, there are some good directions the dishonest will choose in the course of their life when they realize their bad characters.

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author avatar Lila Bangsawan
15th Jun 2011 (#)

Ya, you are right, Rathnashikamani. Thanks for visiting

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author avatar Lila Bangsawan
15th Jun 2011 (#)

Yes, you are right, Rathnashikamani. I'm afraid, honesty has become rare and rare. Thanks for sharing your opinion.

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author avatar saurik
15th Jun 2011 (#)

very sad story.

"Indeed, mankind is in loss, Except for those who have believed and done righteous deeds and advised each other to truth and advised each other to patience."

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author avatar Lila Bangsawan
15th Jun 2011 (#)

What you've said is absolutely right, saurik. I'm sure amongst people, there are still some who have honesty. God will never sleep and will guide them. Thank you.

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author avatar Lila Bangsawan
15th Jun 2011 (#)

By the way, this morning, I've read on local newspaper, the School Head Master and the teacher have been arrested by policemen. They have been suspected doing similar things last year. But, the Young Girl and her family still can not go back to their house because of their neighbors' threatening.

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author avatar saurik
16th Jun 2011 (#)

that's because those neighbors are ignorants. I think it's the government's responsability to protect them.

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author avatar Lila Bangsawan
17th Jun 2011 (#)

Unfortunately, I don't see it yet, saurik. Let's see.

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author avatar jayababy
16th Jun 2011 (#)

Honesty is rare but essential. Thought provoking article, Lila.

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author avatar Lila Bangsawan
17th Jun 2011 (#)

Thank you, jayababy

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author avatar D in The Darling
17th Jun 2011 (#)

Realistically, honesty is one of the endangered species the world over.

Nice article, thanks for sharing.

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author avatar Lila Bangsawan
17th Jun 2011 (#)

Thank you for your nice comment, D in the darling

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author avatar Denise O
18th Jun 2011 (#)

Of course we run into fools like this but, I still feel most people are honest by nature. That is one of my have to have things when it comes to people in my life. Honesty. Nice read. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Lila Bangsawan
19th Jun 2011 (#)

I believe, deep in their heart, dishonest people still admit their dishonesty. Because God will never sleep, whispering people to being honest. Thank you, Denise

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