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8/20/2008

A place for our own children...in our heart.

Why would parents care for their own children, love them so dearly even though some may be less than normal, even unbearably handicap? This is the unexplained greatness of parental love. My child, and I love my child regardless of anything. Some spent a fortune, gave up jobs, sold all their belongings, just to look after the child, against all odds. There is no such thing as giving up on the child once brought into this world. They would not trade anything for the child, even if someone would to offer them a beautiful child in exchange. Parents will not abandon their own children. My child is everything. There is an emotional thing involved. Reflect on this and the concept of foreign talent. Why are we indulging and dotting on foreign talents and neglect our own children just because they are less talented? Why are we splashing valuable resources on foreign talents, not our children, and not using the same resources on our not too gifted children? Have we gone crazy? If foreign talents are so important, and no talents or lesser talents, even if they are our very own, are less regarded, would we one day exchange all our children for talented foreign talents? Would we forsake and trade our children for other people's children? Our parents will not. We, if we become parents, will not. We wish the talented children of other parents well. But foremost, we will care for our own children first, with everything we got. Don't get carried away with foreign talents. If this necessity is the way to go, culled our own less able children and replaced them with talented foreigners. To live with this logic of pragmatism and survival of the country, we cannot afford to have laggards even if they are our children. It is survival of the fittest. No feelings, no emotions, no attachment, no self. Just simple economics of survival. Take in only the best. Is this the way to go? Why do we called ourselves Singaporeans and this island our home?

7 comments:

Mockingbird said...

Someday genetic engineering is going to get so advanced all kids will be born physically perfect without any defect.

redbean said...

i can imagine how or who the kids will look like, tiger woods, usain bolt, michael phelp...who else?

Anonymous said...

Er, physically perfect without any defect, but they still will grow old. And those who cannot afford genetic engineering will get physically normal kids. No chance to win in beauty contest lah!

redbean said...

we can get all the physical parts right. the hardware is not a problem. it is the software. that one no man can determine. the physically perfect model could have character flaws. a handsome women killer cheat, a scoundrel, a dictator, a serial killer etc etc.

more frightening an unpredictable.

Anonymous said...

As frightening as people living to 150 years old. They talke only of the positive side, never the problems associated with such ideal thinking.

redbean said...

ya, it is a false assumption that living longer is good. even at 80 can be frightening. the whole body covered by taupok skin, teeth all gone, eyes hardly can see anything, and all the organs could fail any moment. and leaking everywhere.

it is going to be a nightmare.

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