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Monday, May 11, 2015

Our Collective Failure


It is not that it happens. Rather it is how brazen it is. And how blatant it is.

And to think that the perpetrators of this humongous scheme could just get away Scott-free, happily enjoying the fruits of their complicity is a sure sign of our collective failure. Failure as a people. Failure as a society. Failure as a nation.

Forget the Jho Lows of the world. Forget the advisors, the directors and the CEOs of the world. Just look at ourselves. For the fault lies with us.

For years all of us have sat down in front of our television set, sipping our teh tarik while seeing our rights being trampled and transgressed. And yet we do not see any reason why we should move our ass and do something. In short, we could not be arsed to do anything.

And why is that? That is because collectively we suffer from chronic apathy. We would not care to do anything because in our mind we asked, “Why should we?” There are always some blokes or suckers who would shout and scream; who would take up cases and argue in Courts; who would be arrested and detained overnight and sometimes for a week or two; who would go to the street and demonstrate. So why should we? It is not our fight.

Malaysians by and large are a docile peace loving people. We love our peace and tranquility. We absorb a lot. An electric train’s wheel fell off from the sky and paralysed a driver. Oh well, that fellow was unlucky. A bus sped down a hill and plunged into a ravine killing tens of passengers. An over-developed hill gave way and swallowed two blocks of apartments killing hundreds. Oh well, how sad. It is the work of God. Rainy season larrr…

That is what we are.

Until and unless our own rice bowl is hit; or our own car is scratched, we would not be arsed really.

Because that’s what we are. A lazy apathetic bunch of big fat assed creature who just don’t care. Who would cheer from afar. Who would silently pray that all the fighters – well, it is their job – would win. Who would just whine during lunch or happy hours with friends. Who would just gossip; cut and paste some memes and pass them around on whatsapp or share them on facebook.

Thousands of years ago, Aristotle posit that justice is a matter of fit. In his vision of an ideal State, people are allocated roles that suits them – the roles that enable them to realise their nature.

Corollary to that is his justification of slavery. According to him, slavery is just if it satisfies two conditions. It must be necessary and it must be natural. Arguing necessity, he said if there was no slaves how could citizens spend time in an assembly to deliberate about the good of the State and society? Slavery is thus a necessity.

But how about the 2nd condition, ie, that slavery being natural? He said slavery is natural if there were people suited by their nature to be slaves. These are people “for whom slavery is the better and just condition.”

“A man is thus by nature a slave if he is capable of becoming (and this is the reason why he also actually becomes) the property of another, and if he participates in reason to the extent of apprehending it in another, though destitute of it himself.” (The Politics, Book I).

And so here we are. All slaves.

We are slaves because slavery is the better and just condition for us.

We are slaves because we are all capable of becoming the property of others. And when we partake in reason, we only do so to the extent of trying to understand and follow the reasons of others for we do not have our own reason. Nor do we want to have any. In short, we are destitute of reason.

So, everything around us now is our own collective failure.


No one should be blamed but our own collective self.

9 comments:

rob said...

Welcome back Sir!

Went to the clinic just now and the GP said what's wrong? I said I have chronic apathy.

GP gave 3 kicks up my backside and asked me to go back and make a difference.

I am just going to do that ...

cheers

C++ said...

Bhai Art,

Wahlauwei... It takes you a zillion light years to update this blog... Hahaha... Welcome back dude...

flyer168 said...

"Our Collective Failure"

Art,

Welcome back & yes very well penned on the Bolehland "Mind-set".

"Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool, a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor." - Sholom Aleichem

“Any fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent...

It takes a touch of genius—and a lot of courage—to move in the opposite direction.” - Albert Einstein

And that is you Art...!

With our present "Self - Destruct" trajectory...

October 16, 2012 National debt soars to RM456.12 bil - http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2012/10/16/national-debt-soars-to-rm456-12-bil/

March 11, 2015 - Najib: Malaysia's external debt tripled to RM740bil due to 'new loan definitions' - http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2015/03/11/Najib-Msian-debt-triple-definitions/

Does this sound familiar in Bolehland...?

Sep 24, 2009 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvg55YveGfI

What happens when this nation is bankrupt & bone dry...?

This is already happening in Bolehland with GST, etc...

Oct 1, 2011 – Protest in Iceland - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qI5fcAhUQVo

Jul 22, 2012 - The man who changed Iceland - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YH0_JQW--gc

Jul 29, 2012 - Ministers, Bankers Arrested - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmOZ3jtGtCc

Jan 26, 2013 - Let Banks Go Bankrupt - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDexDNn6vSM

Are we a Nation of Sheep? - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfy0CDqzCq0

5 Minute Speech that Got Judge Napolitano Fired from Fox News - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgGnBCDfCLM

You be the judge.

Anonymous said...

Without realizing you just hit the nail right on the head - Slaves/Zombies/World War Z/ - your absolutely right - mindless millions around the world who don't ask why and how....................

cheers dude

Anonymous said...

Without realizing you just hit the nail right on the head - Slaves/Zombies/World War Z/ - your absolutely right - mindless millions around the world who don't ask why and how....................

cheers dude

yi07 said...

it's because we ARE docile. not because we are lazy. we are peace loving and non-confrontational not because we can't be arsed. u say it is our own fault we r now in this mess... i agree... so now what? Dear Art, anyone can make socio-political observations, u r spot on on the above... and so are many others... what's the point in doing so? to get the apathetic off their arse? yes! and do what? share more pix on fb? coffee shop talk? VOTE? protest with placards? all done and u mention that our actions go as far as that... so how else to be not apathetic?

to me the next step is revolt or rebellion, if the voting, protests, sharing of info on social media n coffeeshop talk don't work... is that what you are trying to advocate here? or u are just like all those u say are lazy merely stating the obvious ... and then...?

Anonymous said...

The resulting malaise we see now in us has been carefully crafted and planted by the power that be decades ago, especially by the then powerful team of PM-&-Deputy duo in their very effective divide and rule strategy....and this very same tactic is still on-going, albeit the Dep is now in jail and the tight control of information now loosening its grip with the advent of the Internet.

The 3 Rs is a god-send for these politicians in a multiracial country like ours.....and with such indoctrination and propaganda, all the vested politician have to do whenever their position is threatened is to raise their voice ( and sometimes their kris ) crying that the sky is falling, that the 'orang lain' is taking over the country soon and only they can protect the 'real' citizens of this country. Thus we come to this woeful state.....these so-called leaders could get away with murder and plundering with impunity because the apathetic and indoctrinated 'slaves' would rather some their own kind commit atrocities than to have the country 'stolen' by the 'less real' citizens. Truly....the 3 Rs work like magic every time for these utterly corrupt gang of leaders.

IBU PUSPITA said...

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Saya ingin berbagi cerita kepada anda bahwa saya ini IBU PUSPITA seorang TKI dari malaysia dan secara tidak sengaja saya buka internet dan saya melihat komentar ibu hayati yg dari honkong tentan MBAH KABOIREN yg telah membantu dia menjadi sukses dan akhirnya juga saya mencoba menghubungi beliau dan alhamdulillah beliau mau membantu saya untuk memberikan nomor toto 6D dan alhamdulillah itu betul-betul terbukti tembus,kini saya sangat berterimakasih banyak kepada MBAH KABOIRENG dan jika anda ingin seperti saya silahkan hubungi MBAH KABOIRENG di 085-260-482-111,saya juga tidak lupa mengucap syukur kepada ALLAH karna melalui MBAH KABOIRENG saya juga sudah bisa sesukses ini dan jangan mudah percaya kepada MBAH yg lain selain MBAH KABOIRENG karna saya juga pernah mengalami yg namanya dibohongin sama para normal yg lain,ini bukan rekayasa dari saya melainkan ini kisah nyata dari seorang TKI,janan ada percaya klau ada yg memakai pesan ini klau bukan atas nama saya krna itu cuma bohon dan ini resmi saya yg menulis.Untuk yg punya rum erimakasih atas tumpangannya. KLIK _ GHOB _ 2D 3D _ 4D _ 6D _ DISINI

naz74 said...

Hang budak kolek ka???