The Precious Lesson Taken From Laskar Pelangi
There Is No Give-Up in Searching Knowledge
We can count the whole books that are available in this wide world, but to find the good one is not as easy as read them all. In my own criteria, the good book does have something to be learn and gives us such an experience in reading. Laskar Pelangi, a novel written by Andrea Hirata, is able to show us how the power of words can affectedly change our concept about living in this temporal life. About taking our life wisely without wasting any chances that God have given to us.
Education is a fundamental thing in our life. Everyone has the right taking education freely. But there are still a lot of humans who are not aware with the advantages we can take from taking school. The opposite, there are some people who are still attending school although there are not many chances they can get easily. They are not having that satisfied breakfast before attending school, they are not wearing those fancy uniforms and they are still struggling with their sweat while they are hardly going to get into school; we can either call them an unlucky group or so, but they still have the enthusiasm of searching knowledge. So friends, don't ever give up to your fate in searching the knowledge.
The Lesson from Miss Muslimah
N.A Muslimah Hafsari Hamid binti K.A Abdul Hamid or shortly called as Miss Mus is a responsible teacher who teaches Ikal, Lintang and 9 others students. She is described as a fully dedicated teacher. She gets into school to enlighten her beloved student everyday without feeling tired. Even though she only gets paid with 15 kg of rice every single month, she doesn’t make any complaint. Without hoping any rewards and profits she keeps going and giving her students the best sincerely. She has a tenacious heart that is shown by her commitment as a teacher who always be there.
You can find immediately the lesson out after reading that short story about Miss Mus above, can’t you? It is about doing something useful for people around without hoping any rewards toward us. This is a kind of life skills that we have been ignoring for a long time.
The Poverty Circle Around Lintang
Lintang is a boy who has all of the criteria like I have mentioned in the first part (There Is No Give-up in Searching Knowledge). He has the biggest interest in taking education of all. He goes to school everyday moved by his little step through the muddy path. He has never made any complaints. Instead of complaining, he studies anywhere, even under the old thatched roof of palm leaves.
He is one of many inspiring kids in this world. He is strongly written by Andrea Hirata as a boy who is the genius one and fully interested in taking school. Living in poverty doesn’t take his enthusiasm off, he is studying about Einstein's Relatively, Newton Laws, Integral and so on enthusiastically. He doesn’t judge himself that he can’t take any lessons from school although he is very poor all the way. We can surely take the lesson from Lintang that everyone in this world can get himself/herself as equal as others, God are never unfair to us.
Mahar: Don’t Judge A Book by Its Cover
Andrea Hirata, the author of the book, wrote about Mahar as a creative and talented kid. He has been a worker in a small shop that sells various kinds of coconut since he was in elementary school because his father couldn’t work anymore due to the disease that he was seriously ailing. The artistic side of his soul has accidentally been found by Miss Mus when she asked him to perform in front of the class singing. The whole class has suddenly been silent for a while. He did it very well.
So friends, can you get any lessons from the story above? I got so many lessons exactly. First, it is about being a worker to patch the family’s situation up economically. It is very glorious for being a person like Mahar. Second, it is a well-known thought like “Don’t judge a book by its cover”. Mahar was so underestimated at first. Miss Mus and Mahar’s friends have never guessed that Mahar could sing a song that well. But their perceptions have drastically changed 180 degrees sudden after seeing Mahar performed.
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