truth nugget #66

I’ve been thinking about this City Harvest Church case and what I’ve heard about the continued support of their congregation – their “flock” still believing they did what is best for the church and for God. there is such a disconnect between that and what Christianity started off being about: a man who wanted to love and treat people right (not Bob Marley, I mean Jesus Christ, of course, but Bob generally had the right idea too. ;))

why do we revere people who are selfish and dishonest and continue to alienate the humble people who actually keep our societies functioning? we continue to allow people who practice prejudice to dictate what rights people have. we continue to exalt the ones who are taking everything away from us, instead of the ones who are giving us everything. 

here’s something to put things in perspective, in case you can’t already see this off the bat:

IF SHE IS A DOMESTIC HELPER, CHANCES ARE SHE IS RAISING YOUR CHILDREN. 

IF HE IS A CONSTRUCTION WORKER, CHANCES ARE HE IS BUILDING YOUR HOME. 

IF SHE IS A NURSE, CHANCES ARE SHE IS EXPOSING HERSELF TO DISEASE TO KEEP YOU SAFE. 

IF HE IS A BUS DRIVER, CHANCES ARE HE IS STRENGTHENING YOUR WORK FORCE. 

IF SHE IS A CARETAKER, CHANCES ARE SHE IS LOOKING AFTER YOUR PARENT OR GRANDPARENT. 

IF HE IS AN ELDERLY SERVICE STAFF, CHANCES ARE HE IS SOMEBODY’S GRANDPARENT. 

IF SHE IS A POLITICIAN, CHANCES ARE SHE IS PART OF A SYSTEM THAT IS LYING TO YOU AND STEALING FROM YOU. 

IF HE IS A LANDLORD, CHANCES ARE HE IS PART OF A SYSTEM THAT IS LYING TO YOU AND STEALING FROM YOU. 

IF SHE IS A JOURNALIST, CHANCES ARE SHE IS PART OF A SYSTEM THAT IS LYING TO YOU AND STEALING FROM YOU. 

IF HE IS A CEO OF AN MNC, CHANCES ARE HE IS PART OF A SYSTEM THAT IS LYING TO YOU AND STEALING FROM YOU. 

IF SHE IS A BANKER AT THE TOP OF THE CHAIN, CHANCES ARE SHE IS PART OF A SYSTEM THAT IS LYING TO YOU AND STEALING FROM YOU. 

IF HE IS A PASTOR OF A MEGA-CHURCH, CHANCES ARE HE IS PART OF A SYSTEM THAT IS LYING TO YOU AND STEALING FROM YOU.

there are many honest people trying to make an honest living as bankers, lawyers, journalists etc. I’m just saying we have the whole thing backwards so it’s time we wake our minds up to this everyday. think about every choice you make that empowers a system that discriminates and exploits a person who serves. think about what you do everyday that promotes vanity instead of protects goodness. and change it. 

The Truthsayer xxx

truth nugget #66

truth nugget #64

I’m not a Hindu but I have many friends who are. they consider Thaipusam, a Hindu festival celebrated in honour of the God Murugan, to be a sacred celebration and much preparation and devotion goes into the procession that is held every year at this festival. devotees walk a predetermined route, some carrying milk pots on their heads, others with piercings of limes or leaves, and the most glorious to behold of all, the kavadi, where spears pierce through flesh to carry the heavy tiers of all sorts of different symbolic decorations. in order to aid the devotees on their trying journey, music is played, and I have heard it before, wonderful rhythms on the drums and beautiful, holy chants that touch the hearts of even non-believers. Singapore is the only place in the world that has placed a ban on music, alleging that it incites public disorder. an appeal was just rejected with the judge stating that “religious practices have to be practiced in accordance to laws regulating “public order, public health or morality”. bollocks. there is NOTHING disorderly, unhealthy or immoral about music, Judge Tay Yong Kwang. 

I am a Singaporean and I live in a country that professes to be multi-cultural, multi-religious and a society that claims to practise racial harmony. those are misleading claims, and the evidence to support that is blatant. 

my neighbours are Taoist. in fact, they’re pretty damn staunch and the mother of the family goes to the temple almost everyday. and yet, they never burn their offerings during the Seventh Month in the bins downstairs nor on the sidewalk where so many people seem to think it’s ok to do so.

the father of the family told my mum that he went to speak to the Town Council peeps to tell them that the bins right below our apartments are ridiculous and they need to do something about them because the smoke and ashes come right into our houses and we have to spend all day with our windows closed in this heat for almost a month. we also have lovely trees outside our corridor which are browned by the smoke and there are bats and birds who live in them and are affected terribly by the burning. my neighbour’s beautiful plants, which he takes so much pain to nurture have also, over the years, been destroyed by the fumes. let’s see what happens to my mum’s lovely plants now that she has just started growing a little garden. 

guess how the council replied? “sorry sir, we cannot do anything about this situation because people cannot be told not to follow their culture and religion.” he was indignant and of course tried to remind them he’s Taoist himself, so they thought they would placate him by saying, “ok sir, we will remove the bats.” and when, exasperated, he tried to explain it IS the bats he’s concerned about, they said, “ok sir, we will prune the trees, then.” seriously? totally missing the point, again. 

we live in a Singapore that hypocritically flies a multi-culturalism flag and waxes lyrical about tolerance and racial harmony but allows for this sort of inequity where one group of people is told it’s absolutely their right to pollute public space and the air we breathe, where at 11pm on a Sunday night, the Taoist wake happening in the void deck right below my bedroom window is crashing cymbals and blowing horns and fanning the flames of the biggest bonfire I’ve ever seen (meanwhile my cat’s having the shits) and another group of people is told that they don’t have the right to beat the drums or play traditional music loud enough to overcome the sound of traffic, just once a year at a very important Hindu festival. this has made my head roll from the time I was old enough to understand discrimination but nothing has changed. 

I am so thankful for my neighbours, who care about nature and their fellowpeople, and I wonder what it is about them that makes them who they are and so different from all our other neighbours who don’t see things the way they do. and so different from a government and all their paper pushers in all their many spineless, bodies that exercise authority over this country. 

something’s gotta give, Singapore. you so afraid there’ll be more riots? why don’t you give people fairness then? you think disorderly conduct happens when people are treated with respect? 

EH, PRIZ. USE YOUR BLAIN AH, USE YOUR BLAIN. 

truth nugget #64

truth nugget #7

happy birthday to one of my greatest heroes, Erykah Badu. you speak the truth, and I honour you for that and for everything else that you are.

“they play it safe, are quick to assassinate what they do not understand.
they move in packs, ingesting more and more fear with every act of hate on one another.
they feel most comfortable in groups, less guilt to swallow.
they are us, this is what we have become,
afraid to respect the individual.
a single person within a circumstance can move one to change.
to love ourself.
to evolve.”

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