Pancasila and a Nation’s Survival


JAKARTA, – The history shows that the nations who survive through the ages so that their names come up from time to time are those who have the vision of divinity or spiritualism. That’s why the founders of the Indonesian nation put the Believe on the One and the Only God on the first principle of Pancasila.

The explanation above was remarked by Yudi Latif, Head of the Presidential Working Unit for Pancasila Ideology Dissemination. “Some people ask what the relevance of divinity vision to the development and survival of a nation. To answer that, let us wander on the earth to witness the signs of the falls and the rises of civilizations,” said Yudi.

He then quoted the famous historian Arnold J Toinbee in his book of A Study of History written after conducting a comprehensive study of more than 20 different civilizations. Arnold writes that a civilization is like layers of cultural radiation. The outermost layer is science and technology, the next inside is aesthetics, the next again is ethics and the deepest one is divinity or spirituality.

Arnold also draws the conclusion that the civilizations who survive the changing eras are those whose hearts are still sprinkling the vision of divinity or spirituality. No matter how strong the physical appearance of a civilization, if its heart no longer sprinkles the vision of spirituality then it will be on the wobbling verge.

“The situation reminds us of the way the founding fathers of this nation in giving the imagination of the divinity in Pancasila, on the symbol of our country, the eagle. We see on his chest there are two shields. The outer shield is the humanity, unity, social and justice. The deepest shield with the black color and the symbol of a star is the divinity. It means that no matter how difficult the challenges we face, if our nation’s heart is still sprinkling the vision of spirituality, we can be optimistic that this nation and this country will continue to survive,” said Yudi.

The question is what is the vision of spirituality? “If we wander to the different parts of the world, we can see there are countries where the houses of worship are full but at the same time the prisons are also full. On the other hand, there are countries whose houses of worship are empty but at the same time their prisons are also empty,” he explained.

According to Yudi, the meaning of the vision of divinity is more than just religious formalism and symbolism. “The most important thing in the vision of spirituality is how the divine values ​​can manifest in the social ethics and in the public morals in living the nation and state life.

That is what reminds us of Bung Karno’s speeches. In his description of Pancasila, he often said that the divinity meant by the Pancasila is a civilizing divinity. A divinity that is graceful and tolerant, a divinity that is cultivated, upholding the values ​​of cleanliness, honesty, trustworthy in carrying out the public pursuits,” he said.

Only with the divinity vision embodying the public ethics and morals that upholds the values ​​of truth and goodness, honest, trustworthy and clean, Indonesia can achieve its national goal of becoming a nation which is independent, unified, sovereign, just and prosperous, Yudi said. (TPP)