FILIAL PIETY

In an Asian society, parents have the upper hand in showing their children how to respect the elders.

Asian parents teach their children what respecting elders is all about FROM THE VERY BEGINNING.

If any child throws any tantrums in public or misbehaves in public for no apparent reason, that child will get a smack there and then. For that reason, filial piety is very much a part of Asian culture till today.

Naturally, Asian children know their boundaries from a very young age.

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OF A GOVERNMENT AND ITS DUTY

I am not an economist or an accountant. I am just a simple layman who works and struggles hard to earn a decent living. For a simple layman like me, every cent counts. I don’t have the luxury to overspend or donate to others.

When a government introduces a fund for its citizens to settle its debts, it is whimsicality at its best.

“Governments exist for the preservation of people and property.”

It is not the other way around.

Governments don’t exist to appeal to their citizens to donate generously for the efficient administration of their respective countries. Such governments are not governments at all. They are abominations.

Citizens don’t exist to preserve a government. Citizens participate with a government in realising the nation’s objectives in all spheres of development – economic, political, social, etc.

Are all the citizens so filthy rich that they can donate generously to settle a country’s debts? What happens when even some citizens with good-paying salaries lose their jobs in the coming months? Will those citizens still be patriotic to contribute to the government’s fund when they have other mouths to feed?

In the present global economic scenario, things and events are very negative indeed. Nothing is certain. The only certainty is that people around the world are very jittery about what is happening in the global economy. They are anxious. And they are even more anxious when they see that their governments and policymakers can’t produce concrete countermeasures to stabilise their respective struggling economies.

Why does a country have political parties? Why does a country have politicians, who are the elected representatives of the people, in a parliament? Why does a country hold General Elections? Why does an electorate of a country give the mandate to a coalition of political parties to run the affairs of a state? Why is there SUCH A THING CALLED A GOVERNMENT IN A COUNTRY?

Is it the duty of a government to solicit donations from its citizens to settle the country’s debts?

When a government solicits donations from its citizens to settle its debts, it has failed in its duty to govern a country effectively.

That government has started on the wrong footing and even an ordinary layman can tell very confidently that such a government cannot govern for a very long time.

Instead of depending on a government to run the affairs of a state, the citizens can pool all their financial resources and appoint special groups of people to oversee the running of a country. In that way, there will be no need for a government at all. In that way, there will be no headaches concerning selfish and wily politicians who rob the country’s coffers high and dry. In that way, the citizens will not be subjected to fear, threats, racial abuses and whatnot from “the insidious and crafty animals” called politicians and their so-called leaders.

Citizens who donate to a fund to save the country from financial ruin are doing their patriotic duty. They are PATRIOTS.

What about the citizens who can’t donate to the fund? What about the citizens who refuse to donate to the fund? Are they TRAITORS to the country?

When I refuse to donate to the fund voluntarily, does that make me a traitor to the country?

When a person donates voluntarily, he should not be branded as a patriot.

When a person does not donate voluntarily, he should not be viewed as someone who is not doing his patriotic duty to his country.

Donating voluntarily to a fund set up for the purpose of settling a country’s debts does not equate to showing patriotism for one’s country. That is POTTED THINKING.

Suckers who fall flat to such potted thinking need to stand on their heads for hours to allow the blood from other parts of their bodies to flow into their brains. That gush of blood flow into their brains will enable those suckers to think with a clear head when it comes to the actual duties of a government in running the affairs of a state. In Yoga, they have a name for such a posture, Sirsasana or The Headstand. It makes one look younger too.

When young children (the offspring of misguided parents) use their piggy banks to contribute to a fund set up to settle the debts of a country, it is really demeaning and it doesn’t make any economic sense.

Malaysians should write a book about this extraordinary event: HOW TO RUN THE FINANCES OF A COUNTRY, USING DONATIONS FROM CITIZENS AND THE PIGGY BANKS OF YOUNG CHILDREN.

Once that first book becomes an international bestseller, they should write the second book: HOW TO SETTLE THE DEBTS OF A COUNTRY, USING DONATIONS FROM CITIZENS AND THE PIGGY BANKS OF YOUNG CHILDREN.

Smith, Keynes and Marshall will squirm in their graves. “Why didn’t we think of that, huh?! Solve all the economic problems of a country, using donations from citizens and the piggy banks of young children.

As usual, the ordinary citizens are being taken for a ride, AGAIN. The ordinary citizens are compelled in a subtle manner to contribute to a fund that will help settle the country’s debts when they are already burdened with a high cost of living following the abject failure of the previous government to govern well.

Why does the present government turn to its burdened citizens to contribute monetary wise to a fund? Shouldn’t the present government slash the unnecessary expenditure and wastage accumulated under the previous government? Shouldn’t the present government hold the previous administrators accountable for the huge debts?

When a country is attacked by an external enemy, the soldier must do his duty to protect the country and its citizens. The soldier doesn’t run to the people for help in defending the country during war. As a soldier, he understands his duty very well and he is expected to defend and die for the country.

It all boils down to the question of DUTY. When a citizen votes a new political coalition to form the government of a country, he has done his duty as a voter. That citizen expects the new government to do its duty by acting like a government of the day! That citizen doesn’t expect his new government to solicit for donations from the people. That government is indeed an abomination!

I would rather have no government at all.

THE MANY YEARS OF WRONG EXPERIENCE

Experience is not the best teacher, for there will be some people who have contributed nothing real and useful in their respective vocations.

Many people boast about their years of experience in their fields of expertise. But wise people always ask this question: Is it the right kind of experience or the wrong kind of experience? Wiser people query more in this manner: What kind of results did you deliver in your years of experience? Were the results beneficial or detrimental?

An individual’s years of experience in his occupation is not the sole criterion of his true capabilities. When he has delivered nothing real and useful in the form of right results for everyone to see, his experience screams only failures upon failures.

The many years of right experience in political leadership show that Lee Kuan Yew (LKY), a former Prime Minister of Singapore, left the present generation of Singaporeans a country that is the envy of its surrounding neighbours. During his political leadership, LKY built Singapore, a country with no natural resources, into a developed nation and left a strong legacy of political leadership that will be unmatched by the coming generations of Singaporeans.

Till today, people around the world pay glowing tributes to LKY, the architect of modern Singapore. Despite LKY’s iron rule, that right experience is political leadership at its best!

Current leaders of countries in the ASEAN region should emulate LKY’s leadership qualities.

One of LKY’s contemporaries in the ASEAN region left a legacy of filth (in his misrule) that still lingers for his coming generations to this day. Today, he is back as a leader of his country to clean up his own filth that he generated in his earlier misrule. That wrong experience is political filth at its worst!

It is the same in the field of education.

When the Communicative Language Teaching (CLT) Approach practitioners, Malaysians and native speakers, have delivered nothing real and useful in improving the standard of English among Malaysians for nearly half-a-century, don’t the results show that they are egregious incompetents? They have been running in circles on the same spot for nearly half-a-century. They definitely qualify as people who have the many years of wrong experience.

In some cases, experience is definitely not the best teacher.

THE BOTTOMLESS FINANCIAL PIT

I hate to be a pessimist. At the same time, I can’t afford to be an optimist. That makes me neutral.

When revelations upon revelations (of the negative sort) about the financial health of an economy are unearthed, they can be real dampeners upon a person’s psyche. That person will naturally worry about what is to unfold in the coming future.

In the grand structure of things and events pertaining to the smooth functioning of an economy, the fate of every citizen is dependent on the rise and the fall of the economy. The citizens of a country are interdependent, economically.

Even foreign investors will get very jittery. Naturally, their capital will take flight in the coming days, weeks and months. Don’t expect foreign investors to be too optimistic about the financial health of the country when even a citizen like me is very pessimistic about the country’s financial future.

At this stage, damage control is futile. The whole structure on which the country has been built economically and financially needs to be completely overhauled. That scenario means every citizen must do his duty in rebuilding the country economically and financially in a proper and structured way. That scenario means no special treatment of any kind for one particular lot anymore.

How did the country arrive at this level of financial predicament anyway? Now, the citizen must be prepared to fall into the bottomless financial pit.

WELCOME TO THE BOTTOMLESS FINANCIAL PIT!

TRUE ADAPTABILITY

People must adapt to change no matter what comes their way.

How does one remain positively optimistic when the economy and the finances of a country become worse? How do the majority who have been living on handouts and rent-seeking adapt to that kind of change? Such people cannot adapt to change. They have been living on crutches.

However, ordinary people who don’t live on handouts and rent-seeking can and will adapt to any kind of change courageously. That is called true adaptability.