Revitalizing the Indonesian National Values to Strengthen the Nation’s Character


National values are not present in a vacuum. They grow and develop from the interaction of history so as to form a civilization that characterizes a nation. The characteristic is then institutionalized and becomes an identity of a nation. National values are a set of values manifested in a collective consciousness of the society and eventually becomes the awareness of the nation state as a whole. During their development, national values are faced with an increasingly broad interaction with all the dynamics of a global culture. At a certain level the global culture shifts the national culture. The global culture even becomes a new identity so that the national culture becomes its subordinate. The impact of globalization has been eliminating patriotism, fading away nationalism, and increasing consumerism and individualism, all of which are away from the values of national culture. It is not surprising that in ten or twenty years down the road, the young generations no longer have an identity. The loss of identity will bring a nation into ruin. Pancasila is Indonesia's national identity that is extracted from the noble values espoused by the various ethnic groups in the archipelago. This is also an eclectic ideology of the nation. Strengthening and revitalizing national values, by bringing them back to the public and putting them into reality, become absolute terms and major tools in maintaining the existence of the nation and in facing various obstacles and challenges.

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Prima Roza, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia
Dicky R. Munaf, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia
Asep Wawan Jatnika, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia
Tri Sulistyaningtyas, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia
Yani Suryani, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia

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Conference: ACSS2016
Stream: Ethnicity, Difference, Identity

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