4/07/2012

Revisiting the 60s

The Christians are reliving the past, the days of Jesus Christ, the times when miracles happened. Jesus died and was resurrected to live forever. The past can be a great inspiration to many and can be quite frightening to some. The past could be a milestone, a reference point to mark where we have come from and where we should be going into the future.

Last week Hsien Loong was warning the people that if we don’t buck up, we could return to the past, to the 60s. In this sense, the past is something we do not want to revisit.

What were some of the memories of the 60s that are still lingering in our thoughts? Renting a place to sleep, to get married, to set up homes, is a common thing then. The citizens were so comfortable living and sharing with strangers in little rooms, sharing kitchens and toilet facilities. The toilets at home are like public toilets, just as dirty, with no ownership and untidy housemates.

And of course the rooms were small and crammed. A 600 sq ft unit could be shared by 3 or 4 families. Each family of 4 or 8 or more could be squeezed into a single room.

Car ownership was a great status symbol, a social class to be aspired to. There were TV serials just on the theme of car ownership class and how this became the divide of society.

And there were latch key children, with both parents at work and the children given the house key to return to an empty nest. Life was tough and everyone was working hard. The good thing then was the hope and aspirations, the attainable hopes and aspirations for the ordinary folks to own their cars and their flats. And upgrading to bigger and bigger units of flats or private properties were a way of life. Everyone was improving their lives. This latter part, of living their dreams and attaining them quite easily, kept the people happy and focussed on the good life ahead.

In many ways we are already revisiting the 60s in some areas. It is not that we are going backward. We are already there. We are in the process of going full circle. Singaporeans are encouraged to share their flats to strangers and turning their toilets into public toilets, for an income. The new flats are getting smaller and smaller, and with shoe box flats being brandished as the next good thing, more will have to live in them, as owners and not tenants.

The latch key syndrome has not gone away, only the parents. In the 60s, the parents were in Jurong or working somewhere in the island. Today the parents of these latch key children are further away, overseas.

Another 5 years will be all it takes for car ownership to become another new privilege class. Many would have to abandon their dreams of owning a car. Many will live their lives without being able to buy a car while many will be owning 5, 10 or 20 cars.

The upgrading ethos will still carry on. Many will still aspire to upgrade, from a 1000 sq ft HDB flat to a 600 sq ft private flat that costs a million. And their life style will improve with the millionaires living next door. And hopefully no need to turn their toilets into public toilets by subletting to strangers.

The dreams of being rich and owning properties will always be there. There will be those who will become doctors, lawyers, politicians, top civil servants, and be able to afford the rich life of the talented. Many have made it and the reward is more than worth it…if they made it. But many will return to the 60s to live their dreams that will no longer be that easy to attain. It is not a matter of whether they will return to the 60s, they will, many will.

Some of the women folks may end up as maids if they are not careful, and have irons on their faces or falling off while cleaning windows.

The oldies then fared better than those today. Maybe they died earlier. Many could live off their pensions and faded away. Today, the oldies are richer, with plenty of savings in their CPF, but still have to work till they die.

18 comments:

agongkia said...

Life in the 60s is not as bad as what you wrote.Maybe you only live in Bt Ho Swee .

Matilah_Singapura said...

> The Christians are reliving the past, the days of Jesus Christ, the times when miracles happened. Jesus died and was resurrected to live forever. <

Correction. The Christians are living a FANTASY. There is no evidence on the historicity of Jesus, his apparent death, and the bullshit zombie resurrection.

What LHL meant about "returning to the 60's", was a bit of an exaggeration. What he meant was Matilah Singapura -- a complete collapse of Singapore's success.

I'd like to remind reader's that I predicted this event before he did. :-)

There is no doubt in my mind that if the entitlement mentality, meritocracy-hatinglocals don't wake up their fuck ideas (I've been saying this for nearly years now) it is definitely Matilah Singapura in one or 2 generations.

By that time you couldn't even sell your worthless flat to any foreigner (who by that time have all left) even if you offered a blowjob and the vaginas of your toothless wife and inbred, skanky daughters. :-))

Anonymous said...

Brainless and gutless idiot. Why don't you comment similarly on Muslims or are Christians too easy a picking for you?

Matilah_Singapura said...

I commented on Christians to address a fallacy made by redbean.

If you want a comment on Muslims -- the cmael-fucking raghead kind or just your normal peaceful non-pork eating kind guitar-playing hippie wannabes, give me something to comment on.

Remember, Jesus died for your sins, so don't be such an angry prick. hur hur hur...

Happy Easter!

Anonymous said...

Mr Chua Chin Leng got the Bulls' eyes on his observation of Sin.
Matilah Singapura on the other hand has made a perfect prediction, hail Matilah Singapura! You're the Prophet of Sin.

Anonymous said...

Anyone prepared to emulate Jissus since he has so many believers, to sacrifice him or herself to right the injustice and wrong in Sin?

Matilah_Singapura said...

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche already covered it. Politics is a parallel of religion. Whilst religion has a "saviour", politics -- especially Singapore politics -- is built around an √úbermensch -- or the "overman".

My interpretation is the belief that a special "breed" of "super elites" have a sort of divine right and celestial duty to "look after" Singapore.

Can they be trusted...or will they end up looking after their own narrow self interests? Can the people be trusted? Or will they end up doing the same. Will the people have the character to stand up for what is morally right?

....who the fuck knows? Who the fuck cares...not me.

I'm in it for the pure, selfish ENTERTAINMENT.

The more you fuckers end up screming, the more shiok I feel :-)

Can you dig it? My selfish, sadistic perversion....hur hur hur...bwahahaha...muahahaha.
!

Chua Chin Leng aka redbean said...

Agongkia, the 60s are great times to many in Bukit Timah and the Katong areas just like today when many are living like they are in paradise.

The people that will bear the brunt of downgrading will be the middle and lower income groups.

Matilah_Singapura said...

>> The people that will bear the brunt of downgrading will be the middle and lower income groups.
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And so they should, because they are to be blamed for not stepping up to the plate for the progress and growth of the entire nation. Selfish cunts.

In a meritocracy you live well because you earned it. To get more you have to create, and give more, which will earn you more in return.

You cannot get more than you produce. That's not just nature, but a moral law.

Chua Chin Leng aka redbean said...

Another Matilah bullshit. Many people are collecting millions for doing absolutely nothing. And many who are working their guts out are getting less than what they deserved.

How old are you Matilah? 13 or 14?

Matilah_Singapura said...
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Matilah_Singapura said...

Sure, in a heavily govt involved society you will get some "slackers" who collect money for jam.

However they are the minority.

In general, all of us have to earn our keep.

You can disagree with me. But that still won't make you right, and the facts will remain as I say ;-)

i.e. If you can't afford something, you simply DO NOT have a right to own it.

Problem?

Chua Chin Leng aka redbean said...

How would I dare dispute the great Matilah. Yes they are the minorities. How many yodas are out there with hands in the cookie jars? And the amount each is taking is more than 10,000 CBF workers' income for working their guts out.

Can't put the blinkers on the people anymore.

Matilah_Singapura said...

Aiyah, redbean. You and your one-data point anecdotes. They don't prove anything lah.

Once in awhile you get spectacular con jobs...

...but in the meantime, in the real world where THE MAORITY of us live:

You can't get more than you produce

aka: "the basis of meritocracy"

Chua Chin Leng aka redbean said...

Today you really think like daft sinkies.

When are you going to grow up? : )

Matilah_Singapura said...

I don't think I am th daft one here.

You are attacking me ad hominem and have not contributed anything to augment you position.

Shame on you, redbean. We know who reads this blog, and you are battling in a FREE marketplace of ideas. And at the moment you are looking pretty darn weak.

Chua Chin Leng aka redbean said...

wow, wow, folks, Matilah crying foul : )

Matilah_Singapura said...

Not at all. Just putting you in your place ;-)