Monday, 7 October 2013
Why I blog
Many of my good intention friends asked why I started this blog and write on topics many reserved for private conversations. I like to share the quotations below as I cannot explain better.
First they came for the communists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist.
Then they came for the socialists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.
Then they came for me,
and there was no one left to speak for me.
Pastor Martin Niemoller (1892–1984)
Martin Luther King, Jr. equates silence to death.
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.”
We live in a wonderful nation, blessed with resources and absence of natural disasters. We have made good economic progress. The country is peaceful, although crime has become a nagging problem. Those who articulate constructive criticisms, differing views, probing analysis and challenging questions are not because they are ungrateful or less loyal. Quite the opposite. It takes a lot of effort …and pain !
I am reminded of a past incident. An advice from a Malaysian tycoon in my younger days. That he has limited time and opportunity to be with the “power that be”. Therefore, why talk about social or economic issues or issues affecting others? Just concentrate on getting what you want.
Sadly, that’s what many do. It’s a lot more pleasant, more rewarding and less intellectually demanding to sing praises and to agree.
The children’s tale, “The Emperor’s New Clothes” is telling. Many do not know they are naked with those around them singing praises.
I chose not to listen to the tycoon. He has since become a lot richer and more powerful. I maintain my dignity, my value and my soul.