Wednesday, July 25, 2007Reading the net and the local papers these past few days, I cannot help but feel that our nation is still afflicted by various syndromes. Even after 50 years of "Merdeka" we cannot shake off the afflictions.
We still have the Bangau Syndrome where we blame other people instead of ourselves. The Daily Denials. Sometimes Mother Nature or even God is blamed instead. Dig up the news archive or rummage your memory and you will find examples of the Bangau Syndrome.
Then we have the more dangerous Singapura Dilanggar Todak Syndrome. Smart people (including those that speaks the truth) or Whistleblowers will incur the wrath of some people just like in legends and the truthful souls will end up tragically. There are exceptions of course. The boy who saw the naked emperor in "Emperor's New Clothes" and said so, survived, I think. He might have escaped in the ensuing melee where the rest was too embarassed to notice.
The Information Technology, at one time encouraged and prodded by the government is now giving headaches to some people. Information is no longer the monopoly of a few. To these people, The Mushroom Syndrome needs to be applied. What is the Mushroom Syndrome?
Mushrooms are kept in the dark and fed bullshit.