jueves, 14 de enero de 2010

Gus Dur, in memoriam

La semana pasada murió el ex presidente de Indonesia Abdurrahman Wahid, mejor conocido en su país y el mundo como Gus Dur. Promovió la democracia, la tolerancia, el liberalismo y el pluralismo, razones por las que fue destituido por el nada tolerante y muy obtuso parlamento de su país. Más importante que todo esto, Gus tenía un impecable sentido del humor. Sabía que tener un buen sentido del humor era esencial para mantner una mente sana. He aquí una recopilacón de sus mejores chistes, publicados recientemente en la prensa de su país con motivo de su fallecimiento (las dejo en inglés, por huevón que soy):

"Sukarno was mad about sex, Suharto was mad about money, Habibie was mad about technology. But me? I'm just mad!

Suharto was a New Order president. Habibie was In Order and I am No Order.

The deep problem is that people use religion wrongly in pursuit of victory and triumph. This sad fact then leads to conflict with people who have different beliefs.

I was a forced politician, yes, but not a true politician..... in the sense that I never cared about public opinion, for example... No politician will do that.

You don’t realise that losing the presidency for me is nothing ... I regret more the fact that I lost 27 recordings of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.

I am not worried about minorities dominating us. That is born from our own insecurities. Muslims – possibly due to historical factors – are often haunted by feelings of defeat and weakness.

Why sweat it? (Gitu aja kok repot?) --Gus Dur frequently used this offhand remark to dismiss issues he considered unimportant.

Seventy percent of our nation is saltwater, so why do we import salt? It’s okay being stupid but why are we purposely being ignorant?

This is an ideal team. The president can't see and the vice president can't talk. --After becoming president alongside the famously taciturn Megawati Sukarnoputri

I need help to step up, let alone to step down. --On being asked to resign

If in the past I said that the House of Representatives was a kindergarten, now I say it is a playgroup.

1 comentario:

Anónimo Anónimo dijo...

Que cagado wey, increíble q haya sido político. Nunca había oído de él.