Our Heritages Our Legacies

It has been almost two and a half years since I joined UNESCO’s World Heritage in 2008. I just found again the World Heritage’s map stuck in some place messed with my medical textbooks. And its bring a lot of memories back there.

I wasn’t an active member, just – you may say it – an enthusiast. I found many interesting things that left behind by our ancestors (our humanity form from the past), which is today become our heritages. One of the most famous heritage in Indonesia is Borobudur Temple. You must be know Borobudur, don’t you?

Its the spirit of heritage is what I looking for, learning the wisdoms that has been lined from generation to generation, and scattered all over the globe even maybe on the place that we never thought before, and never dare to think about it.

Wisdoms within the heritage is not something to be monopolized by certain people or association, and should be shared for the greater goods, for humanity as the part of path that open every chances of enlighten. For the same reason I (and some other people) disagree any campaign to vote which on of this heritage is better than others. Say like voting the World Wonder, and people of Indonesia were rushing them self to vote for Borobudur and got mad to others who didn’t vote; or say a vote for World Natural Wonder, now people everywhere in this country campaign to vote for Comodo Natural Park.

Did we ever thought, did you ever imagined, what would happens to the winner and what would be happen to those who didn’t?

Firstly, I would lets read lines from a very nice songs just before you answer the my question…

I see trees of green, red roses too
I see them bloom for me and you
And I think to myself, what a wonderful world

I see skies of blue and clouds of white
The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night
And I think to myself, what a wonderful world

The colours of the rainbow, so pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces of people going by
I see friends shakin’ hands, sayin’ "How do you do?"
They’re really saying "I love you"

I hear babies cryin’, I watch them grow
They’ll learn much more than I’ll ever know
And I think to myself, what a wonderful world
Yes, I think to myself, what a wonderful world

Oh yeah

Ah…, yes, sure our earth is a beautiful place, isn’t it? Lets say, we have so many competitions today, made people can give everything to win over it. Say we win the competition of World Wonder, we glad tourism that gave life to many people become better and better. But we lost, we became disappointed, even maybe some got frustrated. The same things could be happen all over the world when we talked about competition.

Then the world no longer a beautiful place…

There is no wisdom of legacy which only bring about anger. Because we sought only the material benefits inside the heritage concept, that we lost its wisdom. Do you think heritage for humanity is only a thing to bring about and to endorse our proud?  Or do you think our legacy is something that attest equality within humanity not just a group of people?

Don’t give a competition to our heritage our legacy, since its only the thing that we save from our corrupted world today, don’t give a race to our places where we can cite a lot of ancient wisdoms.

Our heritage is everywhere around the world, and we here took the legacy to preserve it, so the wisdom still could be learned for the next generation and the generations after.

Wonderful World’s lyrics by George Weiss / Bob Thiele

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