Togog Republic and Chu State

What happens if this nation is controlled by Togog? The Teater Koma performance titled "Republic of Togog" answered. This nation will be destroyed because corruption cannot be resisted and state wealth  destroyed because criticism is considered an enemy.

The performance, directed by N Riantiarno, tried to marry Moliere's Tartuffe play with the Sadewa Tumbal puppet story from the Mahabarata. This fictional play is quite accurate in describing how the real play in Indonesia's current social and political life. Tells about human hypocrites, who always view power as a god. They are in power not because they want to create people's welfare, but rather because they want to access more of the people's wealth. In other words, oppress it.

Is Togog disguised as Tejamantri Receipt in the middle of the kingdom of Amartapura which is in turmoil. King Samiaji lost his authority because his decrees were actually Togog's decrees, the spy of the Gilingwesi Kingdom who disguised himself as a fake cleric named Resi Tejamantri.

The fake Tejamantri wants to take control of Amartapura, and pretends to be a wise wise worshiper. His strategy succeeded in defeating Samiaji. Unconsciously Samiaji trusted Togog, even appointed him as royal adviser. Even Samiaji will also marry Togog with his adopted daughter, Parwita.

Togog has secretly finished off the wealth of the Kingdom of Amartapura. Samiaji only realized Togog's actions after he succeeded in mastering the Kalimasada talisman which became the Pandawa's heritage.

It reflects the behavior of our nation, or rather the behavior of our political elite in pursuing power. They ducked under pressure and played what I thought was always against their conscience.

In the present situation, togog is a metaphor for the faces of elites who lose their conscience. He does not treat politics for the welfare of the people, but politics for his own sake. They slave to power, and often act like chameleons. As a result, politicians are community leaders who are very difficult to be used as examples of people's lives.

Learning from schools, we see that our political elite seems very difficult to understand that power is not solely used to control other parties, but, more importantly, to create people's welfare. The policy of evicting in big cities for the beauty of the city, rising prices in difficult times like this are examples that can be referenced. The authorities see the impact of policy as a very ordinary and understandable justice, in situations where people really scream because of the impact of price increases as a very difficult step to understand on the other side.

This is where there is a big possibility there is a trick. People are given
understand that the policy is completely true and must be done for "the country's economy": Right now! The cry of the suffering of others is a personal matter and not a matter of the state. So we can justify the following Yu-li-Zi story, when power is in progress not for the prosperity of the population, but the immortality of the ruler. People are blackmailed by the authorities for interests that people cannot understand.

It is in the feudal country of Chu, there is an old man who defends his life by maintaining monkeys as slaves. He was called "Ju Gong" (Monkey Master). Like the master, every morning he ordered his monkeys to go to the mountains to pick fruit. The rule is that a monkey is required to deposit 10% of its earnings to "Ju Gong". Those who failed to be punished. All monkeys suffer, but none dare to fight.

A monkey asks others, "Did the old man plant this fruit? "The others answered," No, this tree grows on its own.
"The little monkey asked again," Can't we take it without his permission? "Another answer,"Yes, we can". So that's when automatic awareness grew that there was no reason to serve "Ju Gong". One night when "Ju Gong" was fast asleep, the monkeys dismantled the fence and locked it, they took the fruit stored in the warehouse and were taken away. They don't come back again. Finally "Ju Gong" starved to death.

This story is very interesting to tell because he tried to deconstruct the tendency of power (politics) which tends to be deceptive rather than using it with the right principle. In the Actonian saying, the tendency for power to be corrupt.

I believe the lesson of the story is very relevant reflecting the issue of power in the present in Indonesia. Orba is the best example to represent the story of Yu-li-Zi actually happening. Power is used to deceive the people, and when the people realize that they are deceived, they rebel. Power is formally carried out according to principle, but the practice that occurs is a matter of deception.

The lessons from the Chu State above are worthy of being a valuable record for the rulers not to exercise their power by deception, but in the right way. If power has been carried out correctly in accordance with moral principles, power will truly become an umbrella for the people.

Likewise, lessons from the country of origin, teach the ruler not to be hypocritical.

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