The birth of Pancasila on June 1st, 1945 is one of the important histories that the Indonesian people must remember. Pancasila itself consists of two words taken from Sanskrit, namely “pañca” which means five, and “śīla” which means principles or principles. Pancasila has five values which are the basic principles for the Indonesian nation. These five values are also listed in the fourth paragraph of the Preamble to the 1945 Constitution.  In the constitution of the Republic of Indonesia promulgated in 1945, the Five Principles were listed in a slightly different order and different words: the belief in one God, just and civilized humanity, Indonesian unity, democracy under the wise guidance of representative consultations, and social justice for all the peoples of Indonesia.

The five principles of Pancasila are visually represented in our countries’ national emblem, Garuda Pancasila. This emblem depicts a mythological bird, Garuda, with a shield on its chest and a scroll citing “Bhinneka Tunggal Ika” on its claws. Every part of Garuda Pancasila emblem represents a significant part of Indonesia’s identity, but more importantly is the quote that is inscribed on the scroll, which states Indonesia’s national motto.

Bhinneka Tunggal Ika is an old Javanese phrase that translates into “unity in diversity”. Originally quoted from a poem titled Kakawin Sutasoma from the Majapahit era, Bhinneka Tunggal Ika signifies the importance of living in unity amongst Indonesia’s diversity in culture, belief, and ethnicity. 

Living Diversity as AIESEC’s Value

Similar to Bhinneka Tunggal Ika, living diversity is one of AIESEC’s values. It refers to exploring diverse cultures, meeting and working with people from different backgrounds and belief systems. It also means being able to interact freely and comfortably with different people. Our differences complete us, and with diversity, we can achieve what we would otherwise not been able to.

In today’s day and age, we are more actively engaged as a global citizen, which exposes us to even more diversity in the world. Living in diversity should be seen as our power because it will widen our perspective in life and strengthen our tolerance to others. We will learn to understand each other and it will enrich our knowledge and experience.  Therefore, living in diversity is the key to peace, as we can all listen to ideas and ways of livings from different cultures and get to understand people more. Through it, you can live with people peacefully and happily.

Today’s commemoration of the birth of Pancasila plays as a reminder that our differences should be something that unites us even stronger, instead of tearing us apart. So, let’s celebrate this day by implementing the value of living diversity in our life!