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Kahlil Gibran: Penjahat (The Criminal)

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Penjahat - Kahlil Gibran

PENJAHAT
Karya: Kahlil Gibran

Seorang laki-laki muda dengan tubuh yang kuat, lemah karena lapar, duduk di atas trotoar jalan dan menjulurkan tangannya kepada mereka yang lewat, mengemis dan mengulang lagu sedih dari kekalahan hidupnya, sementara menderita lapar dan rasa malu.

Ketika malam datang, bibir dan lidahnya pecah-pecah, sementara tangannya masih kosong seperti juga perutnya.

Ia bangkit dan keluar dari kota, kemudian duduk di bawah sebatang pohon dan menangis. Lalu ia menengadah untuk menatap langit, sementara rasa lapar menggerogoti tubuhnya, dan ia berkata, “Oh Tuhan, aku pergi ke seorang lelaki kaya dan meminta pekerjaan namun ia memalingkan muka karena kegembelanku; aku mengetuk sebuah pintu sekolah, namun dilarang masuk karena aku tidak punya apa-apa; aku mencari pekerjaan yang akan memberiku roti, tapi semuanya tidak berhasil. Dalam keputusasaan aku mengemis, namun mereka melihatku dan berkata, “Ia kuat dan malas, dan seharusnya ia tidak mengemis.”

“Oh, Tuhan, inikah kehendak-Mu saat ibuku melahirkanku, dan kini dunia telah menawarkanku kembali pada-Mu sebelum akhir.”

Ekspresi wajahnya lalu berubah. Ia bangkit dan matanya kini bersinar penuh kepastian. Ia mengambil tongkot berat dari ranting pohon, dan menunjuk ke arah kota, berteriak, “Aku minta roti dengan seluruh kekuatan suaraku dan ditolak. Kini aku akan mendapatkannya dengan kekuatan ototku! Aku minta roti atas nama berkah dan cinta, namun manusia tidak memedulikannya. Aku akan mengambilnya atas nama kejahatan!”

Tahun-tahun berlalu dan si pemuda itu menjadi perampok, pembunuh, dan penghancur jiwa; ia menginjak semua orang yang melawannya; ia mendapat harta yang berlimpah yang ia menangkan atas kekuatannya. Ia dikagumi oleh teman-temannya, diirikan oleh pencuri-pencuri lain, dan ditakuti oleh masyarakat.

Kekayaan dan kesalahannya membuatnya diangkat sebagai wakil Emir di kota itu –proses yang menyedihkan yang dilakukan oleh gubernur yang tidak bijaksana. Pencurian lalu dilegalisasikan; menginjak yang lemah menjadi hal biasa; kejahatan dilakukan dan dipuja.

Sentuhan pertama keegoisan manusia telah membuat penjahat dari yang sederhana, dan pembunuh dari putra kedamaian; ketamakan manusia telah tumbuh dan menyerang manusia dengan berlipat ganda!

Kahlil Gibran
Buku: Air Mata dan Tawa


THE CRIMINAL
By: Kahlil Gibran

A young man of strong body, weakened by hunger, sat on the walker’s portion of the street stretching his hand toward all who passed, begging and repeating his hand toward all who passed, begging and repeating the sad song of his defeat in life, while suffering from hunger and from humiliation.

When night came, his lips and tongue were parched, while his hand was still as empty as his stomach.

He gathered himself and went out from the city, where he sat under a tree and wept bitterly. Then he lifted his puzzled eyes to heaven while hunger was eating his inside, and he said, “Oh Lord, I went to the rich man and asked for employment, but he turned me away because of my shabbiness; I knocked at the school door, but was forbidden solace because I was empty- handed; I sought any occupation that would give me bread, but all to no avail. In desperation I asked alms, but They worshippers saw me and said “He is strong and lazy, and he should not beg.”

“Oh Lord, it is Thy will that my mother gave birth unto me, and now the earth offers me back to You before the Ending.”

His expression then changed. He arose and his eyes now glittered in determination. He fashioned a thick and heavy stick from the branch of the tree, and pointed it toward the city, shouting, “I asked for bread with all the strength of my voice, and was refused. Not I shall obtain it by the strength of my muscles! I asked for bread in the name of mercy and love, but humanity did not heed. I shall take it now in the name of evil!”

The passing years rendered the youth a robber, killer and destroyer of souls; he crushed all who opposed him; he amassed fabulous wealth with which he won himself over to those in power. He was admired by colleagues, envied by other thieves, and feared by the multitudes.

His riches and false position prevailed upon the Emir to appoint him deputy in that city – the sad process pursued by unwise governors. Thefts were then legalized; oppression was supported by authority; crushing of the weak became commonplace; the throngs curried and praised.

Thus does the first touch of humanity’s selfishness make criminals of the humble, and make killers of the sons of peace; thus does the early greed of humanity grow and strike back at humanity a thousand fold!

Kahlil Gibran
Book: Tears and Laughter

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