Bali, IO – Ever since a long time ago, the red carpet has been taken to symbolize high social status. According to Sonet Stanfill, a senior curator at the Victoria & Albert Museum, the color red has long been associated with prestige, royalty and aristocracy.
In ancient Greece, the “sanctity” of this color was on display on the streets covered with red carpets, where only the kings and their families could pass through.
Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto appears to have an in-depth understanding of the red carpet philosophy. At the just-concluded G20 summit in Bali, a keen observer would notice that Prabowo always walks on the side of the red carpet – not on it – when escorting heads of state.
Prabowo understood that he had to treat the state guests with courtesy and manners in every step of the way. No less importantly, he was maintaining the country’s reputation as the host of the G20, a global premier economic forum.
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Prabowo never hesitates to show humility, even though he is a minister, and chairman of an influential political party in the country. Prabowo understands his capacity, even though he is off camera.
Through this seemingly ‘trivial’ thing, Prabowo has shown what kind of leader this nation needs. (ra)