Bersama-sama Dalam Satu Delusi

“In reading the history of nations, we find that, like individuals, they  have their whims and their peculiarities; their seasons of excitement and recklessness, when they care  not what they do. We find that whole communities  suddenly fix their minds upon one object, and go mad in its pursuit; that millions of people become  simultaneously impressed with one delusion, and  run after it, till their attention was caught by some new folly more captivating than the first.”

Charles Mackay, Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds (1841).

Fenomena batu akik di Indonesia, walau terkesan sebagai sesuatu yang hanya khas terjadi di masyarakat kita, sesungguhnya umum terjadi di mana-mana.



Ini adalah foto kota Bern, di Swiss.

Berikut adalah komentar seorang yang pernah tinggal di sana:

I used to live in Bern in high school (my dad’s job moved our family there for a couple years — and yes, it’s actually that beautiful) and I can confirm, but it’s kind of more complicated.

It can be relaxing depending on your personality. If you don’t mind following rules, the fact that everyone else follows them is really nice. Trains are never late, bathrooms are always clean, and everyone always buys a ticket for the bus, even though the ticket checkers only come through one time out of ten.

But, the ONE TIME that you can’t buy a bus ticket because you lost your wallet or something, you are pretty much guaranteed to get checked, and the fine is outrageous and all the swiss people shake their heads at you and your parents get SO MAD (not that this ever happened to me, no way)

But that’s basically what switzerland is like.

Dua sisi mata uang.