Thursday, May 28, 2015

Are You Born To Work?

we arrived naked and returns naked...

Nobody is born to work but when you have 'wants' you work feverishly to achieve it
Needs, unlike wants, are basic
A meal a day, a loin cloths for modesty, a cave as shelter; air, water & sunlight
The tall skyscrapers, the Metros, the highways, the villas, Michelin-prepared food
Alas, these are symbols of capitalism and vanity

When the population were scarcer, land and resources were abundant
When Man was simple, he works without question but with a goal in mind
Complaints were few, if any, as there were nothing to claim nor lord over
A simple mind, a stressless living amidst contentment
All man are equal (born naked with death the leveller) ~  人人平等的事情,人人都要面对的事物,

Under colonial days, planning, development and expansion are economic-centric
During the merger days, political influence and domination dictate development
Post-Independence, there was a need to build, to survive and then to stabilize and prosper
Money was scarce but 'brains & brawn' aplenty
In a 'do or die' society, everyone works toward a common destiny

The 'Brains' plan, the "Brawn' execute while the homemakers provide food & warmth
Life & living were tough but harmonious as there was NO time to complain and most, if not all, were equal
Everyone knows and understands our common struggles and objectives
Toiling quietly but surely; we write our own History & Destiny
Nobody is 'Born to Work' but with enough conviction, mountains can be moved

The struggles today is 'Class Struggle of sorts'
The Powerful and the empowered work on digits and models; everything is lifeless and emotionless
The Elite and wealthy couldn't quite understand the struggles and screams of the lesser ones
The Mid-level struggles to keep their jobs, pay their bills and prayerfully have some leftovers
The lowest in the food chain is picking crumbs, surviving 'hand-to-mouth' and silent

'Class Struggle' is not a revolution-in-progress; it's about the inability of those lower down the food chain to live equitably, sanely, with motivation and dignity

Nobody should be forced to work until 'death-at-doorstep' and crawl into their tomb
Competition is fine but flooding the system with imported competition is deception & irresponsible
The Honorable, Respected, elected-Rep must speak out and serve the electorate, not lord over them
Do you want an urbanised city, filled with skyscrapers, man-made waterways; a concrete jungle
Or, a sustainable city with a good mix of Nature

Care & share
Many of us are apolitical
May the politicians rule with a heart
Humans are NOT digits
Singapore for Singaporeans and Singaporeans are not born to work forever

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

My Life ~ Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter

When the change of seasons happen within me...

Spring brings flowers, greens, the birds & bees back & brighten up the environment
Summer provides the warmth badly missed during winter and planted hope within us
Autumn sheds the excesses, slows our momentum with a view to face the cold winds in winter
Winter showers everyone with cool, icy cold blanket of snow; but whitens the surrounding
MotherNature has her way of giving hope yet casting fear, spreading beauty yet moderate expectation

I love the seasons
I love genuine friends which are far and few in between; acquaintances aplenty
I treasure my living moments and every breathe I breath
I consciously stay away from negative contacts and avoid wrestling with a/any pig
Nature gives me time but define it finitely

Trouble begins when Nature pours four seasons into one
Some days, the turbulence is worse than the wintry chills mixed with the summer heat
Extreme? Yes, indeed, when everything didn't get right and every turns is a failure and an obstacle
Where minutes are like hours and days are like years
Yet, like day and night whatever shall pass; even my time shall pass some day

I fear not the heavy storms as I learn to dance in the rain
I may not be the grand oak tree but I floats in the breeze like the lallang
Sometimes, I give up only to realise that I had actually pushed too hard & I cracked
~ The potato is soften while an egg will harden in a boiling water & I am neither
Every day is a lesson for me

Some day, I will be both, the egg and the potato

On hindsight, Mother nature loves every living things but teaches harsh lessons
We are defenceless against the wrath of Nature
But, Nature delivers both good and bad; much depends on who is at the receiving end
I loves the wintry cold and bathe in the summer heat
Spring is hope and Autumn is time to reflex and slow down to allow the body to recuperate

Luck & being Lucky is like day and night; it comes and goes

Keep the smiles, have faith & stay healthy
We are all born LUCKY
The unlucky ones are no more around

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Time : Towards The End Of Time

the globe is spinning faster...and the end is getting nearer & faster too

Why is the world getting smaller and time speedier? Its man's doing
www, internet, sms have made connectivity easier and faster
News, announcement, information and misinformation are delivered at the blink of the eye
The eyes can be deceived as the ears are misinformed
Realities are trampled and have became a farce

I was eking a living and also a struggling student; a poor peasant indeed 
There was no time for 'worry' as survival takes precedence
Life was tough but costs were low and affordable
Water from the well is free and electricity costs is fixed at per household
Village life was helpful, cohesive, healthy, and amenable

Walking around shirtless and bathing by the common open-baths was acceptable
You see me & I watch you; modesty was shelved
Not that people were loose but because everyone was trying to survive the demographic evolution
Care and share were the order of the day
No class differentiation, no elitism, no emperor to dominate and dictate social order

Today: life is a rush & living is costly

There are more or the economic pie seem to be larger
But, the largeness did not filter down the food chain nor did enough flow through
Instead of protecting and defending locals from foreigners and foreign competition
Competition and 'competitors of all sorts' were brought on-shore
Locals are still tie down to NS, the education chain is extended and class-filtration is more define

It is smug to say 'we care' when costs were privatised

Propaganda may gather strengths but, nonetheless, truths shall prevail
Time is spinning faster as deep changes dig in
What's affordable then were never affordable today
When the spins get out of control, a social re-order will re-work Society
The sea of poor will drown the tip of elitism

Some day, some how; death shall, and is, the Equaliser 

Levelling up sounds great but levelling down does not make anyone poorer yet everyone will be HAPPIER ~ orchestrated changes is less divisive