Stupidity…

I deliberately sent to 2 members of a committee some questions that I need answered for a reporter by the morning…

Instead of getting some feedback, one of the persons I copied the email too decided to send it to the whole committee and ask them to answer a few questions each without determining which one answers whom…

This is a person whose disorganisation has wasted much of our time…
The person is constantly throwing extra stuff our way when it has got nothing to do with our original scope of work and has some rather bizarre ideas which even when told ‘no’ and why not to do still wants to do it anyway…

Now, tomorrow morning when I need the answers, chances are that the committee will still be arguing over who is going to answer which question, who can or can’t comment on certain issues…
Why? Because of the simple truth that a person is smart, but people are stupid…

Alone

I do not fit into people’s perception…
No one does…

And the more people try to push me in one way, the more I will refuse to budge…

People might say it’s stubbornness or pride…

But considering my history, I’m cautious to do things to suit others…
If it is a big decision I have to choose to do something for myself and not because someone told me to…

I have done that with my parents and it caused me to waste away years of my life…
If you want me to change, don’t push me…

National Identity

Recently, whilst on national duties, we were asked a question that a student asked a senior government official…

As a reservist soldier, what am I defending?

Hearing some of the opinions shared and, along with my own, I disagree with the student that most people have no idea what they are defending…

My home, my friends, my family…
These are the things that I am defending…

But let’s look at the bigger picture…
Are we really looking to defend our national identity? Our national pride?
If so, what is it?

So many have lost their jobs to foreigners who are younger and work cheaper…
I was working at a firm which hired more foreign talent than they should have…

It has almost become public policy to woo these foreign talents into coming into the country…
And the citizen army is expected to protect them; these foreigners who come here to work today and leave the next…
Is the government serving the people by placing greater importance on wooing foreign talents in rather than protecting their own?

I believe the question isn’t really “what are we defending?” so much as it is “what does my country represent that I would fight to uphold?”

Again, I say these not to cause dissent but to raise the question about what is the national pride that is being fought for?

Leaks

I don’t really follow the news much for some reason, but I do kept myself updated of what’s going on generally…

There’s much hullabaloo about this wikileaks site which is releasing highly confidential government documents to the public…

Now, I can understand it’s original intent for journalist anonymity whilst exposing a story, but in recent years, the site’s original purpose has seemingly gone missing…

Whilst originally a site where anyone can submit an exposing story, vetted by a group of conscientious fact finders, now it seems to be run by a team of troublemakers out to start world war 3…

The very same public that lauded the site for exposing unethical treatments in Africa are now criticizing them for spreading anarchy…

The person allegedly running this site has been arrested and I wonder how he would feel if things he told his lawyer; things told in confidence; things bound by laws concerning privileged information, are made public…

A lot of information that is out there, is placed out of context…
And most people would just take such information at face-value, without discernment…

Sometimes uncovering scandals and coverups are good…
It helps to keep the government accountable to the people they serve…

Knowledge is power…
But true wisdom comes from knowing when to exercise that power…

Government

Governments serve the people and are not served by the people…

It seems that I live in the country with some of the most highly paid politicians…
Even more so than those once considered superpowers…

It makes me wonder if people who go into the public service are in it for the money or because they truly have a vision for the country they serve…

This in turn brings about the question about elected officials in the country…
But that’s another question for another time…

PS: I hope that by saying these remarks, I encourage people to think patriotically about the country rather than slam it…