5/23/2008

Feedback between the Ruler and the Ruled

I thought this is an outdated concept of the days of kings and emperors and feudal lords. But it seems that it is still relevant in a democracy like ours. Civil Servant Kathryn Ng of SingHealth commented that the Reach and Rap feedback mechanisms did not seem to work and all feedback appeared to have fallen into a dark and bottomless pit. She actually referred to it as a big, dark hole. She said that it would be better if the public knew what happened to their feedback and there would be better trust between 'the ruler and the ruled.' Her usage of these two words were very appropriate. The ruler replied and it included this, 'Leadership can't be held hostage to every idea expressed or every view or every solution offered.' That is quite a normal response from a ruler, I supposed. Or is this the norm in other democracies and this is how the ruler talked down to the ruled? Maybe it is not like that. Very likely is that we know what is best and what else can the ruled offered that can be better than our ideas? And we don't entertain simple and shallow ideas.

7 comments:

Matilah_Singapura said...

I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time. H. L. Mencken

Mencken said that years ago. Today, long after he's passed, his words still ring true.

Tip of the millennium: don't try to change the govt -- get rid of it, completely.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

The ruler replied and it included this, 'Leadership can be held hostage to every of their ideas expressed or every view or every solution that suits their values or AGENDAS' That is quite a normal response from a ruler, I supposed.

Anonymous said...

Possibly, how they treat the oppositions/activists will be how they'll treat your complaints/ideas.

Anonymous said...

at some point up there, can we trust them when no one is looking or watching?

Matilah_Singapura said...

> can we trust them when no one is looking or watching? <

You can't trust them at any point. Not even when the WHOLE WORLD is looking.

Hitler, Mao, Pol Pot were very "open" about their policies of mass murder. The whole world was watching. No one did shit.

Matilah_Singapura said...

P.S. Trying to "reform" a govt is a total waste of time. Govt however do evolve -- to grab themselves more power.