Some bad apples exists, and actually some Javanese people nowadays don’t act like what the philosophy says (be honest, be respectful, be ashamed of wrong conducts). I would agree that the essential figures of politics and justice do not think for other people but themselves (again, another non Javanese conduct..do what matters for social welfare).
Most people don’t see the strength of Indonesia, and Javanese don’t see the strength in them. But if you really go and live in other culture, say Arab or US..we’re not so bad after all. We’re just so focused on what we cannot ever accomplish, which is wrong, because in Javanese we believe that God decides our destiny and that we should always work hard.
Someone can read a javanese phylosophy and turn it around to see the bad in it, such as mikul ndhuwur mendem jhero. I can give an example : US’s slogan “freedom of speech” leads to how the young generation talks trash to their parents, and has no respect to older people. The example is a bad apple..bad people, while the slogan can actually be interpreted as a good thing.
And, I want to say that I’m proud that Indonesia (and all the tribes in it including Javanese) still exists as a country consisting of natives (Indonesia = Indians of the Archipelago). Not like other natives which are wiped by foreigners (say our neighbor, Malaysia). And continue to survive through long colonialism, and even the most devastating tsunami in the whole world (didn’t we recall at that time the spirit of gotong royong phylosophy? I’m sure it’s the spirit that exists in other tribes too..but it doesn’t mean that Javanese phylosophy is wrong).
Not like other natives which are wiped by foreigners (say our neighbor, Malaysia)
Last time I looked seemed to plenty of bumiputra around in Malaysia and the nation seemed to doing very well in comparison to Indonesia.
And continue to survive through long colonialism
Plenty of folks in the provinces would say nothing much has changed, skin colour does not make an overlord, actions do.
Javanese culture Theiving and violence is all they know
No forethought before they act and no leagal conceqce for their actions
Be they Muslim or Be they christen,