I'll be there
And I know when I need it I can count on you like 4 3 2
And you'll be there
Cause that's what friends are supposed to do"
"Mom, why is dad in jail? Did he murdered someone? Is he a terrorist,Mom?"
Drops of tears formed at the horizon of the mother's eyes, but she wiped them away. There's no reason to cry.
She didn't answer that question, no, she didn't know what to answer.
What is the perfect answer for a child who lost his father, without a reason?
" Haziq told me that Dad is a bad criminal, and that is why he's in jail, isn't it , Mom? "
Mother stopped doing laundry, her hands cupped at her face. She couldn't stop herself from crying anymore. However hard was it , the dilemma she had to endure, she was still a woman, with a heart. She had the rights to cry as much as she wanted.
It was really pointless to silence her kids forever, they will still ask, again and again. Where's father? Why is he in the news, why is he in jail?
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it"
The wise words of George Santayana, well, it is wise. Those who cannot remember the past, will somehow repeat the past. Although it was not defined which 'past' is meant. Is it if, you forget a victory in the past, somehow, someday, you will succeed? Seriously? If it is that way I want to forget every kind of achievements I did, then I'll be the most successful person ever. Mr Santayana probably meant that those who cannot remember their wrongdoings, failure in the past will probably do it again.
In a simpler way, we, the new generation will again sell the country to neo-imperialists if we ever forget the events of The Pangkor Treaty, or the occupation of Penang. No, that's rather hard. A person may fall into a hole on the road again, if he forgets that there is a hole.
But , there is a catch over there, Mr Santayana's words are deeper than that. Remembering the past, seriously , is not enough. You have to 'understand' the past. Remembering , as said by Mr Santayana, really does mean 'to recall and seriously understand'! Take an example, a car dealer and a customer. The car dealer might cheat the customer, by selling the badly shaped car at a high price. The car dealer discloses the real information of the car, while the happy customer buys the car without hesitation. If, that customer is a good man, he'll remember being cheated, he remembers how was he cheated, and he'll probably buy a better car in the future. But, if he is the opposite guy, things are not the same. He remembers losing money, after being cheated by the car dealer, but, if he doesnt know how was he cheated, then does it make a difference? He will be cheated like; forever.
I'm trying to express my anxiety; about our history, history itself, and probably history as a subject in schools.
The first law of nature states that something that should happen, will happen, and something that will not happen, won't happen, unless an unbalanced external entity acts on it.
"Us? Getting married? You gotta be kidding me. Why so sudden, after all?"
"But, everyone here does that . And I do feel lonely, deprieved and I need you. The Islamic society here supports early marriages, as to prevent social problems among students, and they even funded it. I've been waiting for ages.."