My Thoughts Of The Day - 1984 George Orwell

 1984 George Orwell said... My Thoughts Of The Day

1. Lawsuits As A Form Of Intimidation:

1 The use of expensive lawsuits by rich and powerful people against the commoners who are vocal about government policies and actions, especially upon opinion-leaders and analytical thinkers, such as prominent bloggers, facebookers and tweeterers, can be construed as a threat and effective form of intimidation. This intimidation is not only cast upon the individuals concerned but also upon the larger masses in the cyberspace of this Information Age. Such a threat and intimidation must not be condoned nor upheld in a non-corrupt Court of Laws.

The most intimidating lawsuits are the defamation lawsuits, which are not only an archaic practice that should have been sent to the domain of the Dodo birds long ago, but also a form of indirect corruption that falls under the category called Ill-will.

Ill-will is very ugly. It does not speak well of the one who harbours the ill-will. It also affects those who are associated or involved with the deed that is manifested from this ill-will, which is the demon that manipulates the heart and mind of the suffering soul. For example, if you asked me to murder your wife's secret lover, then I have become an accessory to your ill-will if I carry out what you had wanted me to do, irrespective of whether you have communicated the instruction with me directly or through a third party.

The fact that expensive defamation lawsuits are still being practice by very powerful and filthy rich people in Singapore today, shows that Singapore is still a very backward country, and that some Singaporeans are highly insecure, overly sensitive, and have the tendency to behave like military dictators who are unable to take "No" for an answer. Such dictators simply detest criticisms and dissents. That's why they need "Yes-Men" around them all the time.

2. Is there such a thing as defamation?

Before we talk about defamation, we have to understand what fame is. What is Fame?

Fame means popularity. Popularity means many people know who you are and what you stand for. Some may have good opinions about you, while some may not. Some may be having varying opinions about you - sometimes good and sometimes bad - and some may have fixated stereotype opinions about you for various reasons.

People are entitled to their own opinions. You can't control them.

As long as you seek fame or if you are a public figure, you have to accept that there are various opinions about you out there in the public domain, especially in the social media. You can find all sorts of discussions in these social media, from gossip to religion, from travel to business, from sex to politics, from gambling to shopping, etc. Basically, they span across the whole spectrum of human interests and endeavours, from meaningless to serious issues.

So, if you are the type that is very jumpy whenever someone criticises you, then you'd better steer clear of these social media. Treat them like pornography, which are meant for adults only. Or treat them like traffic noises along a busy highway. Like that, you will be able to remain sane for a longer time.

Now, if you are not a public figure or celebrity, then the chances are that you will not be famous. If you do not have fame, then you cannot be defamed. It's just like if you do not have any title, then no one can take away your title. Simple as that. Agree? Of course, you cannot disagree with that.

Next, if you are very famous, you already have fame. So how can anyone defame you? It is not like you are sitting on the throne like a king and someone comes along and dethrone you. The fame you have acquired stays with you throughout your lifetime. Nobody can take it away from you. So how can someone defame you at all?

Therefore, either way, whether you have fame or do not have fame, you cannot be defamed.

Then what are defamation lawsuits all about?

Answer: It's about keeping the judges and lawyers busy and employed, especially during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

1984 George Orwell


ABC said...

“Between being loved and being feared, I have always believed Machiavelli was right. If nobody is afraid of me, I’m meaningless.” – Mr Lee Kuan Yew, 1997, South China Morning Post

She Does Not Lock Homes said...

Like father, like son. So the story goes on and on.
Father is gone. One day, son also has to go.
Then another story can begin - for the better, I hope.
Hope is our only change, our only saviour.....

Anonymous said...

Using the court as a legal weapon to intimidate the masses and suppress public opinions is both cunning and evil.

Animal Farm's Farmer said...

Defamation lawsuit is for those who are hardup of more money. Money never enough. Need to grasp onto an opportunity to get free money under the guise of damages to reputation, when reputation actually was not or cannot be damaged.

The real damage is how the public look at you and think of you after you have won the case and have made the other party/parties help increase your lawyers' bank account and your own bank account like a cheapskate, small-hearted, egotistical, pathetic soul.

If you are really talking about reputation, then you should have asked for only $1 as a token for compensation.

Why demand for exorbitant compensation to aggravate the other party's suffering? That is hard-hearted cruelty in a subtle way, to my mind.

That is not driving home the point. If your principal motive is your reputation, then why not use the opportunity to enhance your reputation further by just asking for $1 token compensation?

If had you done so, I am absolutely sure that the public opinions will be on your side and the real lesson would be driven home with ease.


Anonymous said...

Only great men can do that.

Small puny hearts just simply cannot. No matter how you try to convince them, they just simply cannot grasp the meaning of what you are trying to tell them.

Remember: Those are by nature calculative, cruel, heartless, pretentious and ruthless people. Otherwise, how could they rise to the pinnacle of power? They are hardened and hardcore.

Anonymous said...

Good evaluation.

Keep thinking.
Keep contributing your thoughts.

Singapore needs more independent analytical thinkers.