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Tuesday, February 05, 2008

More culture in a cup of yogurt than there is in Singapore

Hat tip: title courtesy of Constantine.

Young Singaporeans risk becoming culturally bankrupt, as they do not make the effort to understand or follow their traditions, said security officer Edward Chua, 52.

More here: "Chinese New Year exodus exposes Singapore generation gap," Reuters 30 January 2008.

Umm... they ARE culturally bankrupt. What kind of culture stampedes for 'Hello Kitty' Kids Meal Pack gifts at McDonalds; drives up in Lexuses, BMWs, and Mercedes to swoop up free schoolbooks meant for the poor; eats endangered animals; shops, shops, shops, and then wallows in slimming centers?

Uniquely Singapore.

As with many Singaporeans — and most of his generation — Mr. Chua makes the tragicomic mistake of conflating work with personal relations:

A sense of duty is useful in work, but offensive in personal relations. People wish to be liked, not be endured with patient resignation.
         (Bertrand Russell)


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