This is what I call the balance of nature. If in childhood and youth one only seeks comfort, old age will be filled with suffering, and vice versa. #aminkanIndonesia
VEN though Gibran is Jokowi’s biological son, there are fundamental differences between these children in terms of life experiences, challenges and the implications of these differences for their leadership styles and potential.
Many people perceive that Gibran is just like Jokowi. Maybe Prabowo perceives the same. This is a big mistake.
Leading a country is related to destiny or fate. Although we can only know destiny after it happens, we can learn from the signs before it unfolds.
Whether acknowledged or not, Jokowi became president because he belongs to the category of a miracle child. How can we read the signs of his miracle? The answer lies in his long struggles during childhood, tempered by nature, shaping a personality quite different from ordinary people.
Look at his childhood; for 32 years during the Orba era, he lived in very difficult circumstances. As reported by [lamam berita.99.co/kisah-masa-kecil-jokowi/](https://lamam berita.99.co/kisah-masa-kecil-jokowi/), Jokowi was born into a humble family often facing economic difficulties. Reportedly, Jokowi often moved houses because the ones he lived in were evicted up to three times.
From a young age, Jokowi was known as a hard worker. Despite his tender age, he was willing to do anything for money, such as trading, being an umbrella taxi, becoming a porter, and a carpenter. He had to do this to meet his and his family’s needs. His miserable childhood made Jokowi’s life different from his peers. While his friends rode bikes to school, Jokowi chose to walk.
Life hardships, economic struggles, difficulties in getting an education, he fought through all of it, emerging as a person with strong character and mental toughness compared to ordinary people.
Twice winning the Surakarta mayoral election, then the Jakarta gubernatorial election, and finally winning the highest contest in Indonesia, the Presidential Election, twice. Why wasn’t he born in Cendana, or Menteng, Pondok Indah, or the DPR/MPR complex? This is what we call a miracle child.
Does Gibran have a similar story? Oh no.
Gibran was born into an era of prosperity; his parents were already well-off, far from life’s hardships, economic struggles, or difficulties in getting an education. Even Gibran could study abroad, not on a scholarship, indicating that he had well-established parents.
Gibran didn’t struggle like his parents; he had everything prepared, whether for business or running for mayor, easily replacing the previously prepared candidate from the supporting party, even entering vice-presidential candidacy with ease, helped by his parents, uncle, colleagues, even disrupting the constitution.
A Javanese philosophy states, “Javanese work hard for success, aiming for their children to live comfortably.” Let the parents struggle so that the children don’t have to suffer as they did. This philosophy is akin to leading a child to the edge of a cliff. Without the parents, the child falls into the abyss.
The universe has a system of the balance of nature, where the earth can rotate because of balance, just as a car’s wheel needs balancing. Pleasure and displeasure, beauty and ugliness, delight and discomfort, all return to this balance system. If we continually consume delicious, savory, salty, sweet food, obesity and various diseases will follow.
Similarly, if we live leisurely, refusing even to open car doors, relying on air conditioning at home, in cars, and at work, without sweating but sweating while eating, such a life won’t last long.
The universe will reclaim our lifespan through various diseases. Conversely, if we consume unpleasant food, like bitter herbal medicine, and willingly engage in physical activity, our body and mind will remain healthy.
This is what I refer to as the balance of nature. It’s consistent with Rhoma Irama’s song, “Berakit rakit ke hulu, berenang ketepian” (Toil first, enjoy later). If one seeks only comfort in childhood and youth, old age will bring suffering, and vice versa.
It’s very wrong to equate Gibran with Jokowi. But the public sometimes doesn’t think that far, not even someone like Prabowo.
It’s highly unlikely that the future leader of the country spends their days playing games, hanging out in cafes and discos, and dancing around. Unless the majority of Indonesians have regressed to the age of ignorance.
It’s very likely that the future leader of the country is currently studying in a religious school or even living under a bridge, but busy with learning, reciting scriptures, worshiping, and schooling while earning a living.
* Abu Thio, Columnist