Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Kind Act Harshly Repaid on the MRT
My daughter just emailed this to me. After watching the clip, I decided to blog about it.
Actually I had seen this story earlier on the front page on TNP. I saw in inside a Caltex station while waiting to pay for petrol this morning. I thought it was very unfair to the kind young lady who had given up her seat to the middle aged woman.
Takes all sorts of people to make the world! Some types you want much less of. Now this ungrateful and unkind woman is getting the brickbats on social media. Perhaps it would even be in ST tomorrow and certainly the Chinese papers.
My gut feel is that our society now have a lot more angry people than before. We have become such an unhappy place. I can feel it driving on our roads. Just yesterday, an old Indian man, stately looking, was walking his dog in the middle of the road. As I drive toward him slowly he refused to move to the side. Of course he can't win against a car, but after I have passed him as I observed him from my rear view mirror he kept turning back and staring at me.
What's the matter with our society these days? All these are the behavior of people on the edge of losing control of themselves. They probably could not constructively obtain redress for whoever they felt have wronged them (PRCs for the middle aged woman above) and perhaps upper caste Indians for me who brought their sense of entitlement from India to Singapore. Probably that old Indian man felt my small car placed me much lower in the social hierarchy than him (he has a Bently in his garage?) and so I need to show him deference? At work, wifey used to have a Brahmin subordinate who refused to take instructions from her. Fortunately the CFO was local or it would be wifey rather than the Brahmin who would have lost the job.
I don't know how we can restore ourselves socially to former times. I can only do my part but political and civic leaders must do something to reverse the trend. After all it is the government who had created this environment.
Posted by PengYou at 6:27 PM