This is Part 26 of my philosophical series “Individualism between Moral and Virtues, Government and Religion”.
Pancasila is the Indonesian state philosophy and basis for the country’s political mentality. After World War II, Indonesia tried to become independent quickly, to avoid being possibly reclaimed as colony. Thus, the state reason was created in a very short time, and popular criticism points out that the political principle was more or less empty and later filled with content. As pointed out in previous parts of this series, North Korea’s state ideology – Juche Idea – was also introduced before the philosophical content was created, and so we might ask, is Indonesia’s Pancasila just another Juche Idea or an authentic state theory? Download the article below to find it out.