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1/15/2008

Money Not Enough

We used to sneer at the poorer Singaporeans for their endless complaints that money is not enough. We sneered at people with $250 and asking for $50 more, the taxi drivers earning $3000 and wanting $9000 or the doctor who earns a million and wanting $5m. This is a negative way of looking at people and their drive to improve themselves. It is this drive, the greed to want more that keep these people asking for more and striving to improve themselves. We all know that greed has two sides. On the positive side it is a very powerful motivator, a great stimuli to keep people going. The news reported that Suharto has a strong will to live because of his army training. This is bull shit. It is greed. The greed to see his wealth and enjoy his wealth. The greed to live longer to protect that wealth. Greed or money not enough is in our blood. We are what we are today because of greed. If I were to form a political party, I will name it MNE Party or Money Not Enough Party. The party will then be assured of attracting the best brains to serve. The reward is real. It is truth and not tooth. Talented people will all volunteer to join the party. Nothing to hide, nothing to pretend. They will openly say they are in for the money. The good thing about a MNE Party is that there will be no hypocrisy. You get what you see and be proud of it. Alternatively can call it GIG Party, or Greed Is Good Party.

10 comments:

amused said...

Oh, I would not attribute his current staying power due to greed. For one thing, I can't think of how enjoyable life can be with multiple organ failures.

Maybe he just have high constitution (and above average medical care).

redbean said...

this idea of experiencing how it is like with multiple organ failure is new. never think of that. only the rich can afford such a experience.

i would like to suggest to boonwan to drop the mean testing idea and make more money from the rich by providing such an experience with the best facilities and team of experts.

they can make a lot of money to subsidise the lower class wards and everyone will be happy.

i will salute him.

Anonymous said...

The news reported that Suharto has a strong will to live because of his army training. This is bull shit. It is greed.

No lah, the medics had been saying too many different things at different times, that's the problem. like your average stock analyst, who makes wrong forecasts all the time only to cover them up each time, these vague prognosis like having the strong will due to army training or it being written in the stars whatever, are nothing more than third world mumbo jumbo/ bs.

redbean said...

you are very right. don't take such comments seriously. his time is not due yet.

troop-miner said...

How come no one said the same thing about our great leader? Oh, I forgot. He never was in any army but he had worked for another army. Can that be counted too?

Oh, I forgot again. He said that he lives longer because he did not go into retirement. It is more likely that he cannot retire because he is worried about his successor, judging from his successor's performance so far.

redbean said...

let's stick to issues rather than individuals. our leaders are all respectable and dedicated men. let them do their jobs. if we agree, we clap and good. if we don't agree, we just say we don't agree.

we need to engage in a healthy discussion and hopefully people will listen to us. don't make people angry unnecessarily.

troop-miner said...

Hi Redbean,

Thousand apologies.

Thank you for your kind reminder. Sometimes, things got the better of me.

redbean said...

never mind troop miner.

i do get carried away at times too. but we must not lose our bearings.

cheers.

Anonymous said...

I like your attitude.

Plus your constant 'beatings' which constantly remind me that things are NOT always what they appear to be. They may be controversial and I may not always agree with you all the time but it provokes thinking.

Bravo...that's why I never tire of your blog.

GBH

redbean said...

hi GBH,

we are the people, the citizens of the country. any policy that concerns us and affects us is our business. we have the right to discuss and to disagree.

but we should discuss the issues intelligently, sarcastically, cynically or cheekily, to get the point across. those who are good at putting it across humourously are even better.

we shall respect the leaders at least for the appointments they are holding and as the people's elected representatives. tickle them a little if you want, but not nice to be rude and abusive.

i hope you people agree with me on this.

cheers.