Teach every Singaporean from young that material possessions are wrong and evil and they lead to unhappiness.
And that being poor and happy is glory.
Catch the mythical Unicorn and give every citizen a free ride. Thereafter, they will be truly happy.
Last edited by snowspeeder; 2nd November 2010 at 06:47 PM.
To be truly happy we need to go back to basics.
We need to restore rivers teaming with fishes, atap houses, wells etc like how our great great grand parents lived.
They had no electricity, no gas, no TV, no iphone, no digicams etc.
They grew their own vegetables, caught fishes from the rivers, rared chickens, collected firewoods etc. And they were happy and without too many complains.
Most of the local youths expect an iphone, expect unlimited 3G data, a fast PC, a good DSLR camera, LV/Mango/Prada clothes, a car, etc. They have no concept of how people in other countries struggle to afford even food.
I suggest that ALL singaporeans, men AND women, go live in a third-world country like the philippines, indonesia, etc for 2 years, on the local salary, with no extra hand-outs from SG. Then maybe they'll appreciate what they have when they come back.
Maybe this is what a knowledge based economy is about. People think too much and do too little. Singaporeans are a funny lot of people. (I am a Singaporean myself) We all want to give directions but nobody wants to do the actual work. We all overestimated our abilities but there are alot of very smart people outside our shores. It is just that they do not have the environment for them to thrive in. If you noticed, Singaporean are not very united. You can see Indians from different states, Chinese from different provinces, Pinoys from different islands, etc. They will share their similiarities and stay together. Singaporeans will find the differences to stay disconnected. Singaporeans also have nothing much to boast about other than being from Singapore. Singapore lacks history, culture, is not a world power, etc. Singapore is just a good brand name that looks good on the outside. There really isn't much to it. Why Singaporeans are discontented? I really don't know. Maybe we all feel that we should be living like millionaires, throw lavish parties, have plenty of friends. We should really be contented that our women do not have to protitute themselves unwillingly, children do not have to beg for food, and men do not have to rob and steal for a living. Bear in mind that Singapore is a small dot with no resources. How did we come to where we are. It's just seeing if your glass is half full or half empty.
Talk is cheap. Somebody says, "The time for change has come!". What has changed?
Last edited by ManWearPants; 2nd November 2010 at 09:42 PM.
Happiness is a choice.
cameras are not made of tofu
I find it quite pathetic that we are always comparing with countries that are worse off than us when trying to prove that we are somehow better. Why can't we just compete with ourselves, strive to make ourselves better, instead of talking about how there are other countries worse off than us. How about we start comparing to countries who are better than us, then maybe we can start improving and not bragging about how we lack natural resources blah blah blah and still can get here now.