“Nothing exists except atoms and empty space.”

Democritus, or fondly called the Laughing Professor, was the first person to theorize the existence of atoms 400 years before Jesus Christ and a millennia before the invention of algebra: Nothing exists except atoms and empty space; everything else is opinion. A thousand years before the invention of telescope and microscope, Democritus vividly imagined that… Continue reading “Nothing exists except atoms and empty space.”

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Whatever happen to formal Indonesian language?

#Tanah&Air Visit any hip (or hipster) spots in your town and you'll likely to eavesdrop on a young Indonesian mixing Indonesian and English in a sentence. Many people do it so casually, effortlessly, and fluently, often times switching Indonesian and English back and forth without thinking, giving some people a bugging question what’s behind this… Continue reading Whatever happen to formal Indonesian language?

Why are we so close yet so far?

#Tanah&Air As I'm writing this, we are (or were) just 2 days after the Independence Day. On Facebook, for what seemingly miles of newsfeed sit various amount of videos reminding us of our diversity, the abundance of talents and natural resources, and the dizzying variance of people, skin color, cultures, and religions, and a message… Continue reading Why are we so close yet so far?

Why Burung Garuda as National Symbol?

#Tanah&Air My whole confidence, courage and passion collapse upon learning that Burung Garuda was just...a myth. What could be worse than figuring out that this majestic national symbol is a mere drawing and name on a stone, done hundreds of years ago? Not to mention that plenty of Indonesians weren't Hindus and Buddhists who might… Continue reading Why Burung Garuda as National Symbol?

Tanah&Air: An Introduction

One of the most heartbreaking things growing up in Indonesia is that we are habituated to not understanding our own history. Yes - we had history classes in school. Yes - we know what happened here and there. But we are satisfied to mere knowing than to comprehending our history as a tool of reflection… Continue reading Tanah&Air: An Introduction