The Right Side of Wrong and The Wrong Side of Right

There is a short story about writing. Plato and his teacher Socrates were alive when writing first swept through Greece. Using Socrates as a character in one of his Dialogues, Plato expressed his reservations about the changes in society that he believed writing would bring. His opposition was two-fold:

He believed that writing would destroy the memory of the people. About this he was quite correct. People in his day could memorize, on only a few hearings, tens of thousands of lines of poetry word perfect. Writing destroyed that ability in only a few generations.

He believed that it was dangerous to write because the ideas of the writer could be misunderstood by the reader. If people misunderstand a speaker, the speaker is present to correct the misunderstanding. He can also control who his listeners will be. Writing has always carried the danger that the wrong person might get hold of the wrong information or form the wrong impression.

From the perspective of thirty centuries later, most of us are willing to live with these disadvantages. Because we have writing: We notice differences over time. There was no history before people wrote things. We do not waste much brainpower merely remembering details; we can use those details in higher order reasoning. We are not limited to our own experiences in order to gain knowledge. We do not have to rediscover knowledge in every generation, nor do we have to have personal contact with people who have specialized knowledge that we need. We are capable of ruling ourselves in democracies now that knowledge is not entirely dependent on social class. We can build on the knowledge of others to create new technology, which revolutionizes our lifestyles in, much less than a generation.

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From that statement above, I will not wonder why was Holy Qur’an restricted to be made in written form by Prophet Muhammad. Also, Prophet Muhammad was not allowing everybody to write his words. Then, centuries later, it is unveiled that His words (Al Qur’an) and his words (Prophet Muhammad’s utterances) have been misused by every body who consider himself as mightier that The True Almighty! Correct me if I am wrong.

People in his day could memorize, on only a few hearings, tens of thousands of lines of poetry word perfect.

I do agree with this. Nowadays, people are remembering everything just a little; they do not like to memorize what they consider unimportant, and prefer to save it in book, dairy, and the ultimate is computerizing it. Brain using reduced.

However, we should consider

We do not have to rediscover knowledge in every generation, nor do we have to have personal contact with people who have specialized knowledge that we need.

Also teachers do not need to repeat the whole lesson everyday, just for making his pupils memorize the lesson.

What I feel about all of it is why do we keep fighting, and arguing for something that is absurd? Writing is just a product of human civilization. It is proven that writing has two sides: the right side of wrong and the wrong side of right. Can we just stop blaspheme each other? Can we stop claiming ourselves as the impeccable? Can we realize that we are just human, the place for mistake and error? And let us start to grow up the equality rather than keep the differences getting bigger and bigger. Or, when you, they and we have differences, let us all talk and discuss it with sophisticated expression rather than throwing rant. Can we do it?

I do not always express something beautifully; I still complaining and giving a rant statement, at least I will never stop trying to repair it. However, I do not close my ears, eyes, heart and brain from all criticism. Hopefully I will have better attitude.

13 Responses to “The Right Side of Wrong and The Wrong Side of Right”


  1. 1 Neo Forty-Nine 1 July 2007 at 23:13

    NO PERTAMAX ALLOWED!

  2. 2 isez 2 July 2007 at 10:58

    fuh,,, bingung,,
    yang remembering itu,, masuk akal juga ya.. ga nyadar lho, kalo selama ini jadi perlu ngecekin HP mulu bwt nginget2 jadwal.. jadi ketergantungan tinggi yaa…
    hmmm,,, pantesan.. mo ngapalin qur’an kok ya susaaaahhh bgt.. :p

    btw,,sebenernya pengen komentar lebih..
    tapi spicles..

  3. 3 itikkecil 2 July 2007 at 12:02

    Can we realize that we are just human, the place for mistake and error?
    Yeah, you realize that you are just human. But what if, somebody feel that she/he is always right? And always think that What I’ve learned must be right and the other must be wrong?
    And, speaking about history written, Like Dan Brown write in Da Vinci Code, History was written by the winner…….

  4. 4 Sezsy 2 July 2007 at 16:43

    (“,) itikkecil
    History was written by the winner…
    bener bangedh!!
    so, buat apa ada pelajaran sejarah???

  5. 5 Neo Forty-Nine 2 July 2007 at 16:47

    @isez : Yah. itulah manusia. tempatnya lupa dan salah

    @itikkecil :

    History was written by the winner…….

    Wow! I’ve jst read it from you. that is the thinga I”ve never met before.

    what if, somebody feel that she/he is always right? And always think that What I’ve learned must be right and the other must be wrong?

    That is fanatic

  6. 6 Neo Forty-Nine 2 July 2007 at 17:06

    @Sezsy : Buat. menghasilkan lapangan kerja untuk guru sejarah……..

  7. 7 Kopral Geddoe 17 July 2007 at 10:43

    Can we just stop blaspheme each other? Can we stop claiming ourselves as the impeccable?

    That would require us to stop and ponder.
    Ponder means thinking.
    And for some of us, thinking just won’t do — the alienated few listen to the mightier-than-the-Almighty clerics and ignore the thinking process.

    This. Is. Why. That. Would. Never. End.🙄

  8. 8 Neo Forty-Nine 17 July 2007 at 11:14

    I’ll never stop thingking. I just wonder of some people that claiming “Thinking” is juat an silly idea. Will us think about it?

    Yeah, this will never end……..

  9. 9 Kopral Geddoe 17 July 2007 at 11:55

    Kalau orangnya nggak mau mikir, ya pastinya keadaannya nggak bakal berubah. Bagus kalau bener, kalau salah gimana? Ya nggak bakalan jadi bener😆

  10. 10 Neo Forty-Nine 17 July 2007 at 12:04

    Jangan menuhankan akal ya akhiiii…

  11. 11 Kopral Geddoe 17 July 2007 at 12:25

    Bingo😆

  12. 12 Fortynine 17 July 2007 at 12:27

    =))


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