Rabu, Maret 24, 2010

a letter to creatures on Earth

Dear Human Being,

Put aside your axe, your hammer, or your rifle, and lend us your ear for a moment. God created us, humans and animals, to live together in harmony on our planet--Earth. He gave us trees, plants, rivers, mountains and many other things for our needs and enjoyment. In all our different forms and characters, we make up everything that sets us apart from other planets.

The only thing is that you, as a human being, were made a little superior to any of us. You were given a little more intelligence and more of just everything else so that you can do more. You, with all the skills given to you, are able to invent tools, erect buildings, and make works of art. In other words, you have the power the rule the word.

You do as you wish : you maim, you kill, you destroy, all in the name of development. But what do you really gain ? What about us animals and our habitats ? You ignore our needs, and are intentionally blind to our fate.

Unlike you, we don’t have the ability to create things. Aside from our instincts, we rely on our bodies alone: our fur, our feathers, our muscles. But just like you, we know the joys and sorrows of living: the taste of freedom and the glory of every new day: the pangs of hunger and the paints of death. We, like you, love our children, and cry when one of them dies.

But even if we are less than what you are, we, too, are creatures of God. We also have the right to live and to have our own place in this word. You can not deny us this right.

We know you need us to survive. Take what you need from us and our environment, but don’t take it all. If you take everything from us, in the end you will have nothing. If you destroy us, you will destroy yourselves. So please, let us be.


Your fellow creatures on Earth

a thank – you of letter

Situation : Ron and Lisa, who both come the U.S. live in Balikpapan. Lisa is going to have her first baby next month. In the U.S. it is customary for women friends of the mother-to-be to give a “baby shower” before the baby is born. Last week, Lisa’s American and Indonesian friends held a baby shower for her. Lisa was written each of her friends a thank-you note.

Dear Margo,

Thanks a lot for the wonderful baby shower and your gifts. I really enjoyed the party. Ron and I are very grateful for the baby carriage.

I hope you like the photos I’ve enclosed.



sympathy in a letter

Dear Joko,

I just got a call from Tina. She told me your father passed away a week ago. I’ sorry to hear such sad news. Please accept my condolences. I’m also sorry I couldn’t attend the funeral because I was already here in Padang. I know it must be hard for you and your family, but time heals all wounds. Just remember him the way he was caring, understanding, and so full of life.

Take good care of yourself, will you, and if you and your family need me for anything, just call me, okey ? I’ll be back next week.



a letter to give advice

Situation : Andy writes Ratna a letter, advising she to talk her problem over with her boss, and to tell her boss that she is ready for a new challenge.

Dear Ratna,

I agree with you. Being a receptionist for three years is no fun. Why don’t you talk it over with your boss ? You can tell him you’re ready for a new challenge. I bet he’ll listen, and maybe you’ll get another chance. Good luck !

Your friend,