It is OK for me to work in other people’s countries. It is different when they come to mine to do it.
I am innocent of history even though I am privileged by it.
Don’t let anyone else set your limits for what you can and cannot do. They are truly the ones to be pitied.
came across the wee shu min debacle from 2006 while surfing online. it really made me mad. she wrote:
“we are a tyranny of the capable and the clever, and the only other class is the complement… if you’re not good enough, life will kick you in the balls. that’s just how things go. there’s no point in lambasting the government for making our society one that is, i quote, “far too survival of fittest”. it’s the same everywhere. yes discrimination exists, and it is sad, but most of the time if people would prefer hiring other people over you, it’s because they’re better…
“the world is about winners and losers. it’s only sad when people who could be winners are marginalised and oppressed. is dear derek starving? has dear derek been denied an education? has dear derek been forced into child prostitution? has dear derek had his clan massacred by the government? i should think not. dear derek is one of many wretched, undermotivated, overassuming leeches in our country, and in this world. one of those who would prefer to be unemployed and wax lyrical about how his myriad talents are being abandoned for the foreigner’s, instead of earning a decent, stable living as a sales assistant. it’s not even about being a road sweeper. these shitbags don’t want anything without “manager” and a name card. please, get out of my elite uncaring face.”
made me so mad. the ‘apology’ from her dad, MP wee siew kim, response was hardly adequate either. in response, i quote from Chua Mui Hoong’s article “How meritocracy can breed intellectual elitism” published in the straits times in 2010:
“And then I finally understood that the two are inextricably linked: Singapore is such an elitist society precisely because of meritocracy. For meritocracy tells us that anyone can achieve, if they have the gumption, that wherewithal, the drive, the talent, the ability. In a meritocracy, success depends on your own efforts – on merit. And so we are led into the seduction of believeing the reverse: that if you don’t do well, if you drop out, there’s something, well, unmeritorious about you, and so you deserve your mediocrity… And so the emphasis on meritocracy and academic achievement becomes the flip side of elitism: One justifies the other.”
Howl’s Moving Castle Google Doodle today, in honor of what would have been Diana Wynne Jones' 80th birthday.
Stepping Along - Akira Senju
Fanfare for the Brave - FMAB OST
never thought that a story i read in secondary school would resonate so much now.
"My daughter thinks she can take poverty. What does she know about poverty, when I always give her nice food?
from the watchmen comics.
the problem here is in the doctor’s attitude and diagnosis (‘treatment is simple’) - not in how the patient is pagliacci. our mourning is meaningless if we do not change the way we see others.