10/22/2009

Blogging is a waste of time (part 2)

I was lambasted by a friend for raising the controversial issue of LUP in the two opposition wards. To him there was nothing wrong with the way it was done and the govt had the right to appoint whoever they want to announce the LUP. Raising such issues in a blog is a complete waste of time. Using the same argument, the half page article by Sue Ann Chia in the ST today must be a bigger waste of time, and ST must be wasting time and money allowing the issues to be printed on its pages. Why would ST choose to air this issue over again? I think the editors or someone up there must be feeling uncomfortable that if Singaporeans are so dumb, or choose to be ostriches, and refuse to question controversial issues affecting their lives and the political development of the people, the continued existence of Singapore and Singaporeans as a thinking people is questionable. Is it a good thing for Singaporeans to just shut up when they are confronted with controversies or even questionable decisions by the govt? Some may think so, assuming that everything is in good hands. So they can sleep in peace, happily making money. What kind of Singaporeans will we have if this be the case? Why are we complaining that Singaporeans are apathetic and apolitical and regretted that this is not a good thing? Should Singaporeans be more political, more aware of the political developments and affairs of their country? Should those who are raising issues and questioning controversial policies be called fools or the other way round, that the greater fools are the silent majority who allowed themselves to be pushed around like sheep, not knowing, not wanting to knowing, not to bother and think that all is well? I thank Sue Ann Chia and the ST for raising this issue again to stir the dull and numb minds of Singaporeans and to educate them to be thinking citizens.

3 comments:

Matilah_Singapura said...

> Is it a good thing for Singaporeans to just shut up when they are confronted with controversies or even questionable decisions by the govt? <

Irrelevant association. It is not a matter of being that vapid, floating abstraction "Singaporean".

It is entire INDIVIDUAL CHOICE.

Trying to play "internet psychiatrist" is a losing game and a waste of time.

People choose on their individual basis according guided by their self interest, which is exercise on the margin. (A concept of irrefutable and immutable natural law feature in economics: "Individuals make choices on the margin")

However the internet psychiatrists and marketing gurus, as well as control freaks who work for the church or the state are always trying to figure out the content of people's heart's and minds so that people can be manipulated, controlled or sold a bill of goods of usually worthless over-priced stuff.

Just because some people don't blog doesn't make blogging in itself a waste of time. I consider playing video games a total waste of time. However video games now outstrip movies in terms of earnings, so apparently many many people are "wasting their time".

Does that make me "wrong"? Not at all. I'm evaluating by my own values and self-interest, and make choices alternative to playing video games on the margin... of which one activity happens to be blogging.

Anonymous said...

Trying to play "internet psychiatrist" is a losing game and a waste of time.

thanks .. only if this blogger bugger can accept fact that ppl do have individual choices .. like a driven mad angry dictator, he think his view is the only one around.

Fools.. the reality is this one fool is stuck on his own keyboard.. dont expect too much..

redbean said...

hi directless rubber, don't worry. what you have posted, in original forms, have been copied and kept safely.