The fearsome tag

Many must have remembered the Yellow Ribbon advert of an ex convict talking to a little girl and the fear it sent to the viewers that he was up to something no good. With his tattoo and appearance, the impression was bad, but it turned out that he was the girl’s daddy.

An artistic person performing a cultural dance would often be well appreciated by the audience especially if the dancer was a high profile professional from another field. Wow, the doctor is such a great dancer, or the minister or the CEO of a big corporation being carried on a well decorated sedan chair. There is nothing creepy about that. This is likely to be the reaction in normal circumstances.

The impression will be coloured, tainted, biased, if one wears a tag, especially a tag bordering on insanity. Once a tag is being pinned on a person, anything the targeted person does will be seen through that lens no matter if the case is proven. Any trait or behaviour that fits the looney category could be seen as confirmation that the tag is true.

M Ravi has just been accused of bi polar disorder or unusual behavior. Not proven yet. Now he went to Hong Lim to perform a dance in public. This is immediately seen as weird, that he is really what he was accused of. And the media is picking this point up. Wow, Ravi’s behavior is strange indeed.

Why is this so? Why is it that the commentators were not seeing the good side of Ravi, his other talents, that he could dance a classical Indian dance? And that was what he did.

Now this performance would likely be used by his opponents as evidence to prove their case, that Ravi is really a nut case. The tag is very powerful and destructive. It made the up the mind for many unthinking and innocent onlookers. All it needs is to plant the idea and all actions will be seen through that tinted glass, to confirm or to dismiss it. In this case, the dance performance is likely to be taken negatively against Ravi.

The door of IMH is open and waiting. How is Ravi going to get out of this snare? How many psychiatrists will be called upon to prove that Ravi is indeed of unsound mind? How many would be called to defend him, to prove that he is just another normal person with different talents and temperaments? And not dangerous, and be fit to work as a lawyer in his professional capacity.

Or would Ravi even get a chance to defend himself before the light goes out on him?


Anonymous said...

Don't believe MSM so easily. Too early to make any judgement. The focus is on the pending court cases Mr Ravi is handling.

Anonymous said...

Personally i prefer they lock up "zorro"

Anonymous said...

What is the difference between bipolar and senile?

Anonymous said...

Ravi is a litigation lawyer.

His competence is assessed whenever he has to argue his cases before judges.

The proof of his competence will the success of his cases against opposing lawyers.

Anonymous said...

If zorro were given such a tag, his appearance in that outfit will be confirmation of his condition.

Anonymous said...

Sinkies are sharp.

There were no difference
between Ravi and 'Zorro'; they
were just each performing their
own cultural rituals.
Endearing to some and also causing
some to puke.

Anonymous said...

Who is zorro?

Let me guess, a man who wears a mask to rob the poor worker's rights and gave them to the rich employers? Where is the real sherrif? Where? Where?... under probe.

Matilah_Singapura said...

This is a clear case between judgement by labelling and tagging and objective medical diagnosis. In Singapore, and your fate can go either way. You might have better luck being "diagnosed" by witch doctors and "judged" by mystical ancient ritual.

Anonymous said...

I suppose i could condone the dancing act of the lawyer.
However, i could not reconcile the words he used that there are vampires in New York, and ying is yang and yang is ying and hot is cold and cold is hot.
Unfortunatley although i am strong supporter of Ravi, the words he spoke at Hong Lim made me very worried. It is a very sad day. One blogger even went so far at to say the War is Over. The Evil Forces won again, the Gods are with them it appears to be so.

Chua Chin Leng aka redbean said...

It seems like he 'tiok kong tau'. He must watch what he eats and drinks.

Hot and cold are similar in the sense that both can burn real bad.

Yin and Yang are extremes at the same time complimentary. Too much yin will become yang and too much yang will be yin. This can be seen in people becoming too good that what they do or fail to do could be as deadly as the real bad in what they do and did not do that could end up good.

A bit philosophical in a way. Maybe I am getting bipolar disorder too: )

Anonymous said...

Singapore is a very insecure position because Singaporeans are one of the greatest lovers of Apple product. And loving apple product is very dangerous because these products are created by crazy genius talent who dislike status quo and endorse creative destruction of the industry.

"Here's To The Crazy Ones. The misfits. The rebels. The trouble-makers. The round pegs in the
square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules, and they have
no respect for the status-quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify, or vilify them.
About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the
human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius.
Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world - are the ones who DO !"

~ Apple Computers ~

We see genius in Ravi, the crazy one who take on the establishment against all odds to make for a better world. The establishment seek to destroy Ravi for his craziness to take on status quo and greed of the ruling pary.

We are the ultimate hypocrite in SinCity because we hate to be crazy but yet love product and result created by Crazy genius.

What do you think ?

Anonymous said...

"I suppose i could condone the dancing act of the lawyer."

People do stupid and crazy thing for love and joy. That only show how sane is Ravi is behaving as a human in loving Singaporeans and justice that he celebrate by hugging a tree, what is wrong with that ?

For those incapable of expressing love and joy should not deprive others of doing so, and this is what we called FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION ...

The really insane one is certain deaf frog that dress as zorro , and who believe that we could upturn the downturn by singing propaganda song. If in USA, this is the type of people with bipolar disorder and mental problem who deserve a place in IMH.

what do you think ?

Anonymous said...

Surpisingly the PAP times omitted those strange stuffs which Ravi said i.e vampires in empire state building, yin is yang, hot is colde, etc.

These are nice words to kill off your enemey to prove that he is deranged. Dancing ok, but not saying these eerie stuffs with no basis.

The war is over?

Chua Chin Leng aka redbean said...

Ravi has brought the spirit and vibrancy of Bohemia to Hong Lim: )

The said...

/// Anonymous said...
However, i could not reconcile the words he used that there are vampires in New York, and ying is yang and yang is ying
July 24, 2012 1:44 PM ///

Your understanding of yin and yang is faulty. Yin can become yang and yang can become yin.

Yin and yang are complementary, interdependent opposites, neither of which can exist without the other. Each can transform into the other, and contains a seed of the other within it. Yin and yang consume and support each other.


Anonymous said...


this is the youtube video that caught Ravi dancing recently in hong lim park...


Apparently Ravi has danced so well that establishment is so jealous of him to declare him mentally unsound ?

Please in this age of internet , the PAP is still as childish ?

patriot said...

Ravi as a believer might have been seeking Divine Intervention liked many other believers do in their places of worship albeit in private. Should say that Ravi did it privately too, not invited anybody to do the act with him. Oni that he did openly.

Driven to the wall, a tiger will jump over it, driven to despair, humans resort to the Unseen. Wish that he gets the Divine Comfort. Really, me finds Ravi no different from any other believer, even though me am an atheist.


Anonymous said...

i think when ravi said there were vampires in new york, he was referring to the wall street bankers

Christopher said...

Surpisingly the PAP times omitted those strange stuffs which Ravi said i.e vampires in empire state building, yin is yang, hot is colde, etc. These are nice words to kill off your enemey to prove that he is deranged. Dancing ok, but not saying these eerie stuffs with no basis. The war is over?