Why must Singapore buy an Olympic medal?
Posted by temasektimes on August 9, 2012
Congratulations to all Olympians from Singapore! They have by their sweat, tears and guile, achieved their goals – for country and for self. No one can take that away from them as individuals, and every one should give them credit for their efforts, win or lose.
By why, oh why, must a country like ours buy moonlight for sunlight?
Shameless countries fall prey to the notion that the glory and pride of a nation can be bought. They fail to recognise that their thinking citizens consider such victories (through the purchase of foreign talent) as illusions that do not strengthen our pride nor warm our hearts. Such means belittles the kind of integrity our parents taught us, and glorifies quick gratification that we warn our children about.
This value that our leaders deliberately or blindly propagate time and time again through their decisions and policies encourages the same thinking in its citizens – that money is king, and can buy anything – immunity from traffic summons, a place in prime schools, and of course sex. And that instant gratification is justifiable if you have the money.
Evidently, they do not know that this is one of the key reasons why highly successful communities and families collapse or fail. Sadly, I think we are heading that way.
*The above was first posted as a comment on Facebook.