Thursday, 7 January 2016

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بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

They say, technology connects people. They also say, world nowadays is at your fingertips. They also add, world has no more border (actually world had never had borders, post-world war I that created the borders). Everyhting seems to be very close. News from very isolated places can be reached easily, even complete profiles of people we never met can be found.

Before all those technologies, did people being apart?

Our ancestors were actually really close to each other. So many traditional practices inherited from our predecessors like amalan ziarah, balik kampung and rewang clearly showed how intimate they were. Even without television, smartphone and social media, the relationship and brotherhood between them seemed very good.

Since they were not busy with technologies, they tended to interact with nature. To describe something, they needed to do it in words. There was no cameras to show the actual pictures. So then we hear a lot of proverbs or peribahasa derived from the condition they were living in.

'Tak lapuk dek hujan, tak lekang dek panas' means something that will not lost and will always present regardless what happened.

'Lintah darat' is a description of a trader which sells things with high prices.

'Bagai aur dengan tebing'. A manifestation of good teamwork and brotherhood.

And so many other peribahasa that are so beautiful showing the high level of wisdom of our predecessors. On the contrary, what is happening in our generation today is everbody focuses on theirselves, filling their time describing themselves. Selfie, welfie, love status, sharing all personal problems, and all these stuffs explain the fact. Our youths are not really interested to interact with what surrounds them, instead prefer to stay in the world of social media.

As a result modern Malay proverbs do not show a high level of wisdom. They are just for fun.

'Di mana bumi dipijak di situlah ada kesan kena pijak'.

'Sedikit-sedikit lama-lama tinggal sedikit'.

'Diam-diam ubi, berisi, diam-diam orang, bisu'.

That is our generation. If we keep following the mainstream, the cycle will repeat. Let's have a better future for a better generation. If our time is not filled with knowledge and beneficial things, it will eventually occupied with sins and wastes.

I believe we are better than this. :D



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