The Warning

US warned its citizens for flying on Indonesian airlines, as the civil aviation authority did not meet minimum safety standards. “Americans traveling to and from Indonesia should fly directly to their destinations on international carriers,” the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta said.

Since I’m not an American, and there are no other better airlines for local destinations, I will still fly Garuda, also for international destinations. I believe there are Americans and other foreigners who are still flying Garuda. It’s not the best, but not a bad either.

On the positive side, the warning hopefully will motivate or expedite the improvements on the safety standards of the whole airlines in the country.

Whenever people are afraid of the death, it reminds me to the following sufi story titled Meeting at Samara:

There was a merchant in Baghdad who sent his servant to market to buy provisions and in a little while the servant came back, white and trembling, and said,

“Master, just now when I was in the marketplace I was jostled by a woman in the crowd and when I turned I saw it was Death that jostled me. She looked at me and made a threatening gesture; now, lend me your horse, and I will ride away from this city and avoid my fate. I will go to Samarra and there Death will not find me. ”

The merchant lent him his horse, and the servant mounted it, and he dug his spurs in its flanks and as fast as the horse could gallop he went.

Then the merchant went down to the marketplace and he saw the Death standing in the crowd and he came to her and said,

“Why did you make a threatening gesture to my servant when you saw him this morning? ”

“That was not a threatening gesture,” Death said, ” it was only a start of surprise. I was astonished to see him in Baghdad, for I had an appointment with him tonight in Samarra.

Moral: you can’t run away from your fate.

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Oleh Bambang Aroengbinang. BA lahir di Desa Mersi, Purwokerto, Jawa Tengah, sekarang tinggal di Jakarta. Seorang blogger dan pejalan musiman yang senang berkunjung ke situs, makam, dan tempat bersejarah. Menyukai pemandangan daratan subur dan pegunungan hijau ketimbang laut. Kontak BA. Subscribe via email untuk kabar tulisan terbaru. Diperbarui pada 23 Maret 2017.

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