MUHAMMADIYAH.OR.ID, YOGYAKARTA—President of Muhammadiyah Haedar Nashir mentioned that the advent of social media marks the dawn of the fourth industrial revolution, in which Yuval Noah Harari observed the transformation of Homo sapiens into Homo deus. In the sapiens era, humans lived in symbiosis and interdependence with one another, while in the homo deus era, technology has become their excessive reliance.
This challenge extends beyond religious communities to include Muhammadiyah as a unique entity. A renowned sociologist Talcoot Parsons revealed reasons for the longevity of systems.
First, adaptability is crucial. Muhammadiyah must produce progressive works that shape the present reality, avoiding the trap of antiquated thinking that dismisses future ideas.
“The era has changed, and our way of thinking may not remain anchored in the past,” said Haedar Nashir at the national meeting of the Muhammadiyah Council for Library and Information at Universitas Ahmad Dahlan on Friday (July 14).
Second, goal attainment plays a vital role in this context. Muhammadiyah strives to establish an authentic Islamic society. In this new era, it is imperative to rejuvenate Muhammadiyah institutions.
“Our ability to leverage media in achieving these goals will determine our survival as a system,” said Haedar.
Third, the ability to integrate is essential. Given its vast organizational structure with diverse components, Muhammadiyah should be an integrative movement.
Last, maintaining patterns is vital. It aims to preserve Muhammadiyah identity. If the ways vanish, this movement will lose its identity.
“Integration is vital for the seamless functioning of all components, as it prevents an organization to be idle amidst challenges,” said Haedar.
Therefore, Haedar expected the Muhammadiyah Council for Library and Information to take a leading role in shaping Muhammadiyah’s future in the fourth industrial revolution era.
“In this context, I hope the Muhammadiyah Council for Library and Information becomes a dynamic leader in adapting to and capitalizing on the new processes of the information technology evolution era. I am confident in the ability of the Muhammadiyah Council for Library and Information to lead the way,” said Haedar.