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A Frog Story

gede-palgunadiA small frog is absorbed in playing alone in a beautiful pond. The water is crystal clear. Many lotus flowers at its surrounding are blooming. Amidst the stalks, some fish are swimming back and forth. Rushes of water add to the beauty of the pond. The frog is jumping and swimming around. Suddenly the silence is disturbed by noises caused by the coming of a group of frogs in a hurry. As a result, the situation becomes boisterous.

The little frog considering to have been disturbed even asks:”What is happening? Why do you come with such noises?” “Well, we just now came across with a buffalo. Its body was extremely huge,” says one of the frogs while attempting to conflate its body. Even, this little frog starts to be dissolved into the issue.

“Is the buffalo’s body as big as this size? The little frog asks while keeping on inflating its body. “Ah…, it’s impossible for your little body to equal its body!” observes another frog accompanied by the laughter of the other frogs. The tranquil atmosphere of the pond is even getting boisterous talk as discussing about the buffalo they have encountered on the way back to the pond.

The little frog is even getting more curious. It does not believe if there is a creature named buffalo indeed having a huge body. Its excessive curiosity makes its character look prominent. “Does the buffalo have this size?” The little frog asks once again. Again, the other frogs shake their head. “It’s much bigger and stronger,” says another.

“Can it equal this size?” says the little frog getting curious. Again, another frog shakes its head marking if the size does not match. It even makes the little frog more and more curious and the more it forces to inflate its body. As getting bigger and bigger, ultimately the little frog bursts. Small frog ends its life tragically and lies down in vain...

This is a folk tale frequently narrated by parents to lullaby their children before going to sleep. Moral messages contained in the story are that people may not be cocky. Do not be arrogant. Do not force the self into something much bigger than the existing ability.

Has this story been abandoned by the policy makers in Bali? When it happens, many problems related to nature and environment will afflict this paradise island. Apparently, it will be quite sagacious if the leaders re-consider the essence of the story about the arrogant little frog.

This Bali is a small island with all the limitations and potentials. If we analogize Bali to a little frog, then the condition can also end up tragically. Damage, miseries and death will be meaningless. Now, the future of Bali will thoroughly lie on the hand of policy makers. Will the legal decisions be capable of enhancing the dignity of Balinese human and the island or even plunging it?  

Like the story about the little frog above, Bali is progressively inflated. Therefore, it will be getting bigger and bigger and ultimately can burst and disappeared. (Gde Palgunadi/ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )


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