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edgarhamas · a day ago
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Tentang Privilege
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Orang banyak bilang: kaya adalah privilege, okeh ada benarnya. Tapi ditakdirkan Allah menjadi orang yang tak terlalu kaya adalah privilege juga.
Gimana? Gini, sangat mungkin jika ada hamba yang dibuat kaya dia akan lupa sama Allah, maka Allah sayangi dia dengan hidup secukupnya.
Sudut pandang yang kaya begini akan sulit kita pahami kalau kita memakai kacamata hamba yang nganggep rejeki banyak tandanya Allah sayang dan rejeki seadanya disangka Allah murka.
Ya begitu kebanyakan manusia, Allah gambarkan dalam Al Fajr ayat 15-16. Mungkin kita salah satunya.
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"Ada, hamba-hamba Allah yang lebih baik bagi mereka jika ditakdirkan tak kaya", tulis Al Hafizh Ibnu Katsir dalam tafsir beliau, "sebab jika mereka dikayakan, maka itu malah merusak agamanya."
"Tapi juga ada hamba yang lebih baik ketika ditakdirkan kaya, sebab jika mereka dimiskinkan maka agamanya akan rusak", lanjut beliau.
Dari situ kita tahu bahwa bahwa privilege itu bisa ada dalam kaya, bisa ada juga dalam keadaan cukup sekadarnya.
Karena, kawan, semua lini kisah kehidupan kita itu pasti skenario terbaik dari Allah.
Maka jika kita dikayakan, mari memohon agar itu mendekatkan kita pada Allah. Jika suatu kali kita diuji dengan keadaan sekadarnya, mari berprasangka baik bahwa itu jalan yang Allah siapkan agar kita terjaga.
Sebab kaya dan ala kadarnya, dua-duanya juga bisa berpeluang membuat kita hilang dari peredaran, luruh dari rasa penghambaan. Ibnu Katsir melanjutkan,
وقد يكون الغنى في حق بعض الناس استدراجاً، والفقر عقوبةً. عياذاً بالله من هذا وهذا
"Kadang kala kekayaan diberi pada hamba sebagai bentuk istidraj* buatnya, dan kefakiran diberikan sebagai hukuman. Kita berlindung pada Allah dari kedua-duanya."
Perenungan ini akan semakin kuat setelah kita membaca Al Isra ayat 30, di sana Allah berfirman,
﴿ إِنَّ رَبَّكَ يَبْسُطُ ٱلرِّزْقَ لِمَن يَشَآءُ وَيَقْدِرُ ۚ إِنَّهُۥ كَانَ بِعِبَادِهِۦ خَبِيرًۢا بَصِيرًا ﴾
"Sungguh, Tuhanmu melapangkan rezeki bagi siapa yang Dia kehendaki dan membatasi (bagi siapa yang Dia kehendaki); sungguh, Dia Maha Mengetahui, Maha Melihat hamba-hamba-Nya."
*Istidraj : pembiaran dan pemberian kesenangan untuk orang-orang yang dimurkai Allah agar mereka terus menerus lalai.
Bekasi, 3 Desember 2021
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freelance-philosopher · 20 hours ago
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How strange it is that those who don’t bore themselves usually bore others, while those who do bore themselves amuse others. The people who do not bore themselves are generally those who are busy in the world in one way or another, but that is just why they are the most boring, the most insufferable, of all.
Søren Kierkegaard, Either/Or
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bookaddict24-7 · 2 days ago
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I had a couple of friends, but I was mostly the kid with his nose in a book.
George R.R. Martin
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darkacademiaestheticx · 2 days ago
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It happens to everyone as they grow up. You find out who you are and what you want, and then you realize that people you’ve known forever don’t see things the way you do. So you keep the wonderful memories, but find yourself moving on.
— Nicholas Sparks
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angelicbabydolll · 5 months ago
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Can we normalise ‘I’m willing to work on that’ instead of ‘that’s just how I am’
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introvert-unicorn · 6 months ago
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Unusual words with beautiful meanings
Peregrinate (verb) To travel or wander around from place to place.
Serendipity (noun) Finding something good without looking for it.
Nemophilist (noun) One who is fond of forest; A haunter of the woods.
Eudaimonia (noun) The contented happy state you feel when you travel.
Eleutheromania (noun) The intense desire for freedom.
Hireath (noun) A homesickness for a home to which you cannot return, a home which maybe never was.
Idyllic (adj.) Like an idyll; extremely happy, peaceful, or picturesque. 
Clinomania (noun) Excessive desire to stay in bed. 
Seatherny (noun) the serenity one feels when listening to the chirping birds.
Eunoia (noun) beautiful thinking a balanced mind.
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By Rob Bowyer
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lettersfromthelighthouse · 3 months ago
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In reading a novel, any novel, we have to know perfectly well that the whole thing is nonsense, and then, while reading, believe every word of it. Finally, when we’re done with it, we may find – if it’s a good novel – that we’re a bit different from what we were before we read it, that we have changed a little, as if by having met a new face, crossed a street we never crossed before. But it’s very hard to say just what we learned, how we were changed.
Ursula K. Le Guin, foreword to The Left Hand of Darkness (1969)
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memoryslandscape · 15 days ago
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Poetry is, above all, a singing art of natural and magical connection because, though it is born out of one's person's solitude, it has the ability to reach out and touch in a humane and warmly illuminating way the solitude, even the loneliness, of others. [. . .] It is a bridge between separated souls.
Brendan Kennelly, quoted by Garrison Keillor for The Writer’s Almanac (17 April 2009)
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introvert-unicorn · 21 days ago
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A list of useful synonyms
Argument: altercation, squabble
Chaos: disorder, confusion, pandemonium
Collect: assemble, cumulate, stock
Difficult: arduous, strenuous
Easy: effortless, painless
Effort: elbow grease, expenditure, labor
Happiness: contentement, cheerfulness, joy
Help: assist, aid, succor
Love: fondness, tenderness, adoration
Money: capital, finances, currency
Pain: affliction, agony, suffering
Power: ability, potential
Pleasure: delight, satisfaction, fulfilment
Prejudice: preconception
Pride: self-esteem, dignity, honour
Purpose: motive, cause, impetus
Reason: aim, objective, incentive
Rich: affluent, moneyed, wealthy
Strong: powerful, brawny, strapping
Useful: handy, nifty, convenient
Understand: comprehend, perceive
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