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I do not believe in war. I do not want to be burried under any flag. I want to be remembered for my dreams. When i died, i want Nelson Mandela's words on my tombstone "A winner is a dreamer who never gives up. Raditya Putranti Darningtyas. A WINNER"

Thursday, 3 April 2014

The Dark Side of Chocolate; Child Slavery Behind the Cocoa Industry

Slavery is not abolish in the Ivory Coast where children are used as labour to farm for the chocolate industry.
credit : mindthis.ca

Cocoa trees are grown on small, independent farms of fewer than 5 hectares. Small farm sizes in the cocoa industry mean that production is heavily decentralized among hundreds of thousands of farmers. It is estimated that there are over 4.5 million small scale cocoa producers worldwide. These producers are scattered about the globe, but are generally located within 20 degrees of the equator, where the climate is most suitable for the crop. Altogether, producers across the globe supply 4 million tons of cocoa beans annually, and Ghana and Cote D’Ivoire now produce 70% of the world’s cocoa supply.

Monday, 10 March 2014

Persuasive Essay : Ending Religious Discrimination in Indonesia

 by : Raditya Darningtyas
  Tohir, a 50 years old Shia Muslim, still remembers a mob of over hundred men stomping their feet at the ground, coming to his village. He still remembers rocks were being thrown at people, women rushing into their house, panic and fear spinning out of their eyes. He still remembers the mob burning down more than 30 houses, forcing villagers to run seeking refuge at the sports hall, all the while expressing their angry snarls with assailing remarks ‘Burn the Shias’ houses’ and ‘Kill the Shia’. He still remembers the mob was armed with swords and sickles and other objects they deemed decent as weapons. He still remembers the mob hacking his brother to death, after his fruitless effort to calm them down. The memories are still fresh breathing in his head. Alongside hundreds other villagers, nothing that they do could possibly erase the trauma from their painful retention. Shia is one of the two main branches of Islam (Sunni & Shia) that rejects the first three Sunni Caliph and regards Ali, the fourth Caliph, as Muhammad's first true successor. That day was a vile nightmare for Shia villagers in Sampang Regency on Madura Island, Province of East Java, Indonesia. The particular regency has been the home of hundreds Muslim Shia villagers for a long time. Despite the differences, both Sunni and Shia follower had lived peacefully until the August 2012 attack by a group of extremist Sunni. It was one of many other religious intolerance occurrences in Indonesia, and was indeed the worst. Indonesian Government needs to take serious actions in tackling this problem before it goes out of control, and removing article 64 of Indonesian Law No. 23 of 2006 on Civic Administration would be the best start-off.

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Literary Analysis The Catcher in the Rye : Holden Cauffield; Complete Failure in Reaching Maturity

by : Raditya Darningtyas

According to Wikipedia, maturity psychologically means the ability to respond to the environment in an appropriate manner. Since the term ‘appropriate’ is too subjective of a word, Dr. William Menninger established the progressive stages of emotional maturity as the criteria whether or not someone is a hundred percent matured. Menninger’s criteria are carefully listed with the intention that it has to be followed in order without skipping any step. According to Menninger, an emotionally immature person possesses the following characteristics:
Having the ability to deal constructively with reality; having the capacity to adapt to change; having a freedom from symptoms that are produced by tensions and anxieties; having the capacity to find more satisfaction in giving than receiving; having the capacity to relate to others in a consistent manner with mutual satisfaction and helpfulness; having the capacity to direct one’s instinctive hostile energy into creative constructive outlet; having the capacity to love; living for a cause rather than dying for it.
The concept of growing up and getting mature,  which involves fear of losing one’s innocence, confusion in dealing with the ambiguous adult world, and how to adapt ourselves are  intriguingly explored in the infamous The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger.  Using some of Menninger’s criteria, Salinger illustrates emotional immaturity through Holden Caulfield’s failure to deal with reality by having the capacity to adapt to change, his incapability to relate to other people with mutual satisfaction, and his desire to die for a cause rather than living for one. 

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Reserving Judgment Equals Complicity?

Its is almost 12 PM on Wednesday, i am supposed to write my paper for Psychology class instead of wandering around on my blog. Or start writing my Natural Resource journal instead of researching the life of Harvey Milk. Or studying evidence for my upcoming Michigan State debate tournament this week end instead of having my eyes glued to Tyler Oakley's youtube channel. I know i am natural procrastinator and i have no excuse for that, but i just cant get these stuff out of my mind. I will try my best to explain these 'stuff' i am talking about.

As you know i am living in United States at the moment because of my exchange student program. I realized that coming from a totally different society would surely trouble me at some points while living in this country. In every orientation programs i have attended, they've always subtly segues the idea of 'reserving judgement' as a coping mechanism to live in a totally different society. That it is not better or worse, it is just different and the difference is what makes our society special and everyone strives to be different and unique and so on.

For most of the cultural and daily life customs parts, i am totally fine tackling these differences using this 'reserving judgement' idea they've suggested. Since actually i have lived most of my life with this coping mechanism  myself. I avoid confrontation in general. I'd rather have a peaceful life than addressing the difference and create problems. Yet, how could i've been a passionate debater for last couple years remain a mystery for me. Perhaps i'll tell you my theory on the nest post.

Anyway, as Nick Carraway from the novel The Great Gatsby said; reserving judgement is a matter of infinite hope, i guess i was just born an optimist. I believe theres always reasons behind every person's behavior or every thing that happens in life. We human are just not smart enough to understand the reason therefore we are not supposed to be judgemental about anything. Just try to figure out every positive values hidden in every events.

YET, it is much HARDER when problems i encounter involves religion. I come from a quite religious Muslim family and i couldnt be happier about that fact. Let me just be to the point here, i've been troubled by internal conflict in both my head and heart regarding the issue of homosexuality. I SERIOUSLY am in a BIG DILEMMA right know. I mean, i perfectly understand that and why it is haram which means absolutely wrong and forbidden in Islam. But i think bashing gay people or (God Forbid) killing them in the names of state law is also a wrong thing to do. 

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

The Great Gatsby Comparison Contrast Final Exam Essay (American Lit Class)

by : Raditya Darningtyas


The Great Gatsby was written by F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1925. Taking place in a fictional town on the Long Island, Fitzgerald was trying to depict the reality of wealth communities behind their lavish parties and luxurious houses. This story focuses mostly on Jay Gatsby, a rich man who lives in a big mansion next to the house the narrator of this story.  Throughout the novel, Gatsby is trying to rekindle his love with a woman from his past. Unfortunately the woman he loves, Daisy, has married to another rich yet arrogant man named Tom Buchanan.  Both the men love Daisy and refuse to let her go. As the result, they make some bad decisions in term of morality to win Daisy.  But they also show some differences between them in the way they try to achieve their goals. That is Gatsby to win Daisy back, and Tom, to keep Daisy on his side.  While persistency in pursuing our dream is mostly perceived as a good thing, it could also lead people to an upsetting disillusionment when they choose to break the rules to achieve their dreams.

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

EXO - Open Arms (A Song for You)

I feel like now i know what happy and blissful means. I was completely amazed by their performance. If voices were food, then

D.O = Green Tea Cake with Vanilla Cream
Luhan = Strawberry Ice Cream Crepes
Chen = Butterscotch + Cinnamon Popcorns
Baekhyun = Nutella Cookies

D.O has this distinctive deep, gentle & manly voice, a bit RnB perhaps. He is indeed the perfect choice for the opening part (as expected from my favorite ballad singer!). What captures my attention the most is somehow Luhan's voice. He is my second favorite member after D.O. I've noticed Luhan's great singing skill since their debut but somehow he never gets the chance to really put it on display. I've been waiting for the moment when SM Entertainment will finally unleash his power and yeah here it is!

Saturday, 17 August 2013

Happy Independence Day, Indonesia!

August 17th is Indonesia Independence Day and i happened to be in US instead of joining balap karung in Indonesia. So, my hostsister and i decided to make Nasi Goreng or Indonesian fried rice to celebrate. You know how i am really bad in the kitchen but my hostsister is a really good chef. So we looked at the recipe online and she did most of the work though since i didn't want to ruin the taste.