Hm….they have to be shrewd, cunning, manipulative to a certain degree to succeed. All candidates have platforms and millions of amazing and impressive goals and promises for the voters, but what is the truth behind the million dollar smile we see on tv and across different social media?
Sometimes, I feel that the political world is a dirty and filthy place, it is a place filled with backstabbing, underhanded exchanges, and more personal favors and scheming for self interest. If you want to seek justice and seek help, well, approaching the politician might not be the smartest move. Why? Because a person who only wants to help other people without any vested interest will not be a politician, as simple as that.
So it shouldn’t be a surprise when I say that we can only depend on selfish people to help the weak and the powerless, but only when these selfish people gain what they have set out to gain. When their goals are achieved, then these politicians will stand up and speak for your rights, your demands, your justice.
If you step back and think, this is really what the world honestly is, isn’t it? Glommy and depressing? But this is our world; we are all selfish, we will only help others after our wants and our needs have been satisfied. Businesses with charity donations, students volunteering, we all have a hidden agenda when we “give”.
It is just a realization when watching tv this evening; but there is a little bright light, because there really are good Sarmatians in this world who selflessly help others. But I just realized the world we live in tend to be more selfish than we like to believe.
Growing up in the West, I believe in the freedom of speech as any of my American counterparts, but I am also quick to admit there are a lot of hindrances with democracy/freedom, however you like to put it. Nowadays, I often feel like democracy means in-your-face fighting between opposition parties. To oppose or reject policies for the sake of opposing, to reject even if the proposed policies are serving the people, just to gain attention in the media. This is the democracy I know of today, a bunch of yelling and screaming opposition parties, and polling for votes through “motivational” (empty) speeches. I feel like it’s just polling and voting, and then it’s polling and voting again, that’s all there is, I don’t really see anyone really working. But then again, you can’t really work when the policies are never passed but just “up for dabate” to be rejected.
Then, in HK, the confidence of the current administrative government is just declining as the days go by. You would have no confidence in them too if all they do is go on television saying “I am here to do my job” all stone-faced and expressionless. I don’t feel any passion or love for citizens. I slowly begin to nod my head when protesters get angry and denounce the government for colluding with property giants and business owners, because I am feeling like that might be true. I would even agree with many people who insist the salary of government officials are high because they are expected to stand in front of the media and be yelled at by angry and frustrated citizens while acting like nothing is wrong when people say they are useless and not listening to the wishes of the people.
Then, upon arriving in Singapore for around a month now, through reading the newspaper, I feel this government actually care about its citizens. I might not be in Singapore long enough thus I am singing praises; however it feels like there are so much things going on in the city to make the lives of citizens better. There is this strong goal to continue increasing greenery and parks, there is a strong focus on investment in health care and day care for the elders as more and more Singaporeans are retiring. The government is building more and more HDB (public) housing and creating upcoming new towns ahead of forecast population increase to ensure supply meets demand. I feel all these policies are being done to benefit the people.
I feel the people in Singapore are being cared for by government officials. I sure hope this is not a honeymoon phase and I will continue to have such positive sentiments toward the government and its policies in Singapore. If it is as good as it seems, I cannot wait to get my PR, smooch!
I was riding the minibus and noticed someone has written a message on the back of the seat…clearly favourable sentiments for the US is low in Hong Kong. The message is most likely written by some high school students, a relatively strong statement coming from such young minds.
This reminds me of a blog piece I have written previously:
on how I think China and Japan should be best friends, but the US is standing in the way. When I was living in Canada, I think Americans in general are friendly and good people, but I cannot say the same thing about American foreign policies, and I still believe they are too aggressive and often meddling in places that are none of their business. A couple weeks ago, Hilary Clinton made a statement saying something along the line that Asia is an important and dominant force of the decade and the US has decided to play a leadership role in Asia. I got to tell you, this statement is met with a lot of contempt because hellOoOOoO, why are you being a leader in Asia? Does that make sense to anyone?
At times, I feel sorry for American citizens because while they are good and friendly people, their government has made them a target of contempt and displeasure amongst other citizens in the world… I for one have no desire for a green card. If Americans are not feeling loved overseas, they really should blame their government, I seriously do not believe the American government is looking after the well- being of their citizens; rather, the American citizens are thrown under the bus and rolled over by their own government.
It’s always surprising to me that Japan and China are not best friends, I mean, there are just so many things they have in common! Aside from the silly comparison that Japanese and Chinese look “exactly alike” according to foreigners, there are so many similarities in regards to the traditions and festivals that are celebrated such as the coming of a new year and sweeping of graves paying respects to deceased family members. Both societies are taught to respect the elders and pay the utmost of respect to their parents, all in the roots of Confucianism. You would find Han characters in the Japanese writing and both societies would put on traditional clothing in celebration of the New Year; the kimono for the Japanese, and the qipao for the Chinese. Rice is a staple for Chinese and Japanese, with sushi being Japan’s special delicacy and dim sum the Chinese’s. Therefore, it’s just so confusing that relations between the 2 countries are always filled with tension and sensitively considered amicable at best. I am going to take a bold move and blame the fact China and Japan are not best friends on the USA; it’s their meddling in Asia that causes such divides and tensions against other Asian nations. Clearly the Chinese cannot forget the rape of Nanking or the Japanese occupation of China in World War II, but I honestly believe there is a strong desire for Japan and China to forge ahead and extend friendship to each other, but US is poking her nose everywhere! To be fair, I don’t have enough knowledge and thorough understand on US foreign policy to defend and justify its agendas and its determination to keep a military base in Japan against the wishes of the Japanese, but I do think US is very aggressive and bossy, and completely standing in the way of Japan and China being best friends!
I remember a conversation I had when I was living in Guangzhou for a few months, shortly after the Sept 11th attack in the US. I believe the terrorist attack is horrible and should never have happened because no matter how much you hate a country, the people that were killed are innocent and should not have died. I truly condemn the attack and voiced that out. I was kind of surprise at the response to my line of thinking, and I was told a story: if you live in a house minding your own business, but you have a very bossy neighbour that keeps picking on you and bullying you, always pushing you and slapping you whenever you walk by, how would you feel? You know the neighbour is very strong and powerful, and there is nothing you could do to stop him from harassing and pestering you; therefore, what you decide to do is hurt the members of his family so you would be heard, so the neighbour will know he cannot keep messing with you and you’ll not be silent. After I was told this story, I still condemn the attack because I place very high value on human lives, but I was brought to another side of the story. I am going to conclude with the Chinese saying “淵淵相報何時了‘, roughly translated into English as “When will it end if everyone continues to seek revenge and retaliation”?