My sister had bought me a book from the U.S. and my aunt was kind enough to bring it back home. The book is written by a prominent biologist who is also an atheist. My aunt, who is a devout Christian, was quick in informing my mom and dad about the book I bought. Then, on Sunday morning last week, she and I had a rather one-sided discussion on God (the Christian one, of course).

She initiated the conversation by saying that I had better not believe that God does not exist. Then, some kind of wisdom followed. She said that no matter how smart people are, they can lose everything to a mysterious disease that can strike them lame from the neck downwards. My mother then attempted to provide proof by telling me that the wife of a doctor who was as pretty as an actress got struck by an illness that gave her some kind of a stroke.

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Kevin Hendrawan (
(Jum’at, 25 April 2008 / 03:53:24)
Pertanyaan :
Dear Pak Jimly, Pertanyaan ini berdasarkan keprihatinan saya terhadap penderitaan umat Jamaah Ahmadiyah. Saya menafsirkan perilaku perseorangan dan badan hukum yang menentang eksistensi Ahmadiyah sebagai pelanggaran hak asasi manusia yang didefinisikan di dalam UUD ’45 pasal 28E ayat 2. Pertanyaan saya adalah:

1) Bukankah tindakan sepihak dari perseorangan dan badan hukum yang menentang eksistensi agama Jamaah Ahmadiyah dan umatnya adalah pelanggaran hak asasi manusia di Indonesia? Saya rasa keputusan sepihak untuk membubarkan Ahmadiyah adalah sebuah contoh tirani kaum mayoritas.

2) Menurut konstitusi Indonesia, seberapa jauh seseorang dapat mengeksekusi haknya sebagaimana tertera di dalam UUD ’45 pasal 28E ayat 2? apakah melanggar konstitusi bila seseorang mendefinisikan kepercayaannya sebagai pecahan dari agama yang sudah ada, betapa aneh atau menyeleweng definisi orang tersebut?

3) Mengingat keanekaragaman budaya dan kepercayaan di Indonesia, apa sajakah upaya-upaya Mahkamah Konstitusi dalam menjamin hak-hak warga negara Indonesia dalam beragama? Terima kasih atas perhatian Bapak. Semoga sukses selalu!

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I went to the Travelers’ hotel in Jln. Pangeran Jayakarta yesterday afternoon, the place was only a little further than my old school. At three p.m., the show should have started but we had to wait for another hour because, it was not so crowded and one of the main speakers had not arrived yet.

I spent the hour watching some nice fights that are displayed through the OHP and saying hi to new people. I had met Andre and Elson, who was just 16 years old but seemed to have mastered quite an array of techniques! I also said hello to Max, one of the main trainers there.

When one of the main speakers had come, his presence had stirred some noise in the handful of people in the room. It was no surprise, the person who had just come was Ade Rai. His great body and overall charisma AND the fact that he really was a nice guy just made the already warm atmosphere more lively. And of course I took a picture with him!

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  1. Marry the right person. This one decision will determine 90% of your happiness or misery

  2. Work at something you enjoy and that’s worthy of your time and talent

  3. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully

  4. Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know

  5. Be forgiving of yourself and others

  6. Be generous

  7. Have a grateful heart

  8. Persistence, persistence, persistence

  9. Discipline yourself to save money on even the most modest salary

  10. Treat everyone you meet like you want to be treated

  11. Commit yourself to constant improvement

  12. Commit yourself to quality

  13. Understand that happiness is not based on possessions, power, or prestige, but on relationship with people you love and respect

  14. Be loyal

  15. Be honest

  16. Be a self-starter

  17. Be decisive even if it means you’ll sometimes be wrong

  18. Stop blaming others. Take responsibility for every area of your life

  19. Be bold and courageous. When you look back on your life, you’ll regret the things you didn’t do more than the ones you did.

  20. Take good care of those you love

  21. Don’t do anything that wouldn’t make your Mom proud

by: Anonymous

I found this list of rules stuck near the toilet entrance of a conference room. Surely somebody has thought quite a while to get it read!