Many cities in Java name their streets over war heroes'. Jalan (literally mean: street) Sudirman1 or Jalan Diponegoro2, for instance. I find little uses of this convention. I mean, unless it helps us in finding our ways through town, it doesn't do anything but confuse people in different cities. To honor the heroes? How can we honor them if the streets are becoming more popular than the heroes' deeds? Nowadays, many people know by heart what buildings are located at Jalan Sudirman Jakarta. But these same people would think hard before answering what battles the General won.
It'd be a different story if the streets' names actually related to actual history.
A: Okay, where's this Jalan Sentot Prawirodirjo?That way, at least there's a reason for students to learn history. To avoid getting lost. And it's easy to study for tests. Just drive around town.
B: Wait, there's Jalan Diponegoro! We're going down this road now.
B: Sentot Prawirodirjo was Prince Diponegoro's right hand man!
A: Ah, I see. So we turn right...here! There it is!
1: A famous general in the War of Independence against the Dutch Agression
2: A Javanese prince who fought against the Dutch Occupation during 1825-1830 AD
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
We should make a word for "remembering that we forgot something, but we don't know what it is."