Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Education of a high flying civil servant.
People's lives are at stake here. It is too serious to be exciting or fun. Yes, you will be excited, have fun and be seriously challenged but the sense of responsibility and the seriousness of the task may not make you always feel excited because you cannot be playing with people's lives.
Karen will probably make it to the admin service. I hope by that time her superiors would have taught her the right perspective.
The trouble with all these young high flyers is that they are too focused on their personal achievement and career building. They start their careers on the wrong track and must be guided toward the ethos of service. They were too young to learn from Dr. Goh about 'holy orders'
All well and good but I think also too idealistic. We can only guide as many as possible in the path of service. Far too many cannot be persuaded or trained but yet their talents are needed. Therefore the standards of governance must always be kept high. Voters must keep standards high and be difficult to please.
I expect a busier CPIB in future. Can't be helped in a environment with a corrupted sense of what is success. I applaud Peter Ong, the head of the service on his message on weeding out corruption.
Update: Found this as a I turned the pages of today's ST. This is better than nothing. Of course if you tell these scholars that they will need to spend much time on the ground, I wonder how many might choose not to take up the prestigious scholarships. In this sense our education strategies have failed, but in mitigation almost all other societies have also not succeeded. Precisely history is littered with tragedies of revolutions because their best and brightest were too self seeking.....I am afraid now they will be inventive about appearing as servant leaders. Appearing only. Voters must be educated and not be conned. Don't forget that bad apples keep good apples away, but we get the leaders we deserve.
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