House – Khalil Gibran

Then a mason came forth and said, Speak to us of Houses.
And he answered and said:
Build of your imaginings a bower in the wilderness ere you build a house within the city walls.
For even as you have home-comings in your twilight, so has the wanderer in you, the ever-distant alone.

Your house is your larger body.
It grows in the sun and sleeps in the stillness of the night; and it is not dreamless. Does not your house dream, and dreaming, leave the city for grove or hilltop?
Would that i could gather your houses into my hand, and like a sower scatter them in forest and meadow.
Would the valleys were your streets, and the green paths your alleys, that you might seek one another through vineyard, and come with the fragrance of the earth in your garments.
But these things are not yet to be.
In their fear your forefather gathered you too near together. And that fear shall endure a little longer. A little longer shall your city walls separate your hearts from your fields.

And tell me, people of Orphalese, what have you in these house? And what is it you guard with fastened doors?
Have you peace, the quiet urge that reveals your power?
Have you remembrances, the glimmering arches that span the summits of the mind?
Have you beauty, that leads the heart from things fashioned of wood and stone to the holy mountain?

Tell me, have you these in your houses?
Or have you only commfort, and the lust for comfort, that stealthy things that enters the house a guest, and then become a host, and then a master?
Ay, and it becomes a tamer, and with hook and scourge makes puppets of your larges desires.
Though its hands are silken, its heart is of iron.
It lulls you to sleep only to stand by your bed and jeer at the dignity of the flesh.
It makes mock of your sound senses, and lays them in thistledown like fragile vessels.
Verily the lust for comfort murders the passion of the soul, and then walks grinning in the funeral.

But you, children of space, you restless in rest, you shall not be trapped nor tamed.
Your house shall be not an anchor but mast.
It shall not be a glistening film that covers a wound, but an eyelid that guards the eye.
You shall not fold your wings that you may pass through doors, nor bend your heads that they strike not againts a ceiling, nor fear to breathe lest walls should crack and fall  down.
You shall not dwell in tombs made by the dead for the living.
And though of magnificence and splendour, your house shall not hold your secret nor shelter your longing.
For that which is boundless in you abides in the mansion of the sky, whose door is the morning mist, and whose windows are the songs and the silences of night.

Khalil Gibran – Houses, taken from The Prophet


A note for my house #001

Pas lagi belajar untuk ujian Kesehatan Lingkungan tadi, mata sempet berhenti di topik yang menarik, tentang rumah.

Organisasi kesehatan sedunia mendefinisikan rumah sebagai berikut: “rumah adalah tempat untuk tumbuh dan berkembang, baik secara jasmani, rohani, dan sosial”. Definisi ini membawa banyak konsekuensi, yakni, bahwa selain kualitas rumah yang harus baik, diperlukan pula segala fasilitas yang dibutuhkan untuk tumbuh dan berkembang. (Slamet, Juli S. Kesehatan Lingkungan. Bandung: Gajah Mada University Press. 1994. hal 143.)

Hmm, ga bisa ngasal bikin rumah impiannya nih. Kualitas dan Fasilitas. Ini 2 hal yang mesti diperhatikan. Masih menurut buku tersebut, kualitas dapat dilihat dari segi:

  • Bahan bangunan serta konstruksinya
Faktor keamanan menjadi isu utama di segi ini. Bahan bangunan harus dipilih yang berkualitas, sesuai dengan lokasi pembangunan rumah. Jangan gunakan bahan yang beracun, mudah terbakar, mudah rusak, dsb. Konstruksi harus yang kuat, untuk daerah rawan gempa pondasi harus lebih kuat, dan sebagainya.
  • Denah rumah
Di segi ini, faktor psychosocial dari penghuni dalam bertumbuh dan berkembang menjadi isu penting. Apakah penghuni dapat tidur dengan nyaman? Lokasi rumah jangan di daerah bising, atau rumah yang soundproof, atau apalah. Apakah ada tempat untuk belajar? Apakah ada tempat untuk anak bermain? Tempat untuk bersosialisasi dengan keluarga atau tamu. Lokasi kamar mandi, dapur, dan sebagainya.