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State of the (European) Union

Sitting in PEK airport I finally had a chance to do some reading. Then I came across this article on my Zinio: http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/europe-stumbles-toward-a-tighter-union-08102011.html

While the article didn’t argue for or against the ECB moving towards being the finance ministry of EU states, it shows that the member state politicians are against such a notion because of the “dissolution of (fiscal) power” from the member countries to the ECB.

It all seem to make sense, until I realized that no one, not a single person, questioned or pondered about the complete lack of CITIZEN PARTICIPATIONS in such a move. The power of fiscal planning and how tax dollar gets to be used cannot be in the control of a group of non-elected officials. For that matter it shouldn’t even be in the hands of officials appointed by the elected representatives – it can, but the internal workings need to be crystal clear, because we are all stakeholders in this, yet we are largely shielded from knowing the details.

The media was supposed to explain, question on our behalf, and letting us know the various aspects of issues. Yet nowadays we don’t have news media, we only have media channels that regurgitate press releases. Or worse, we have news medium that are basically partisan hackery. You the viewer, you the citizen, are on a need-to-know basis and you only need to know it in this way. How can citizens be voting for their future, if they are presented with manufactured facts? When the only source of clarity is more interested in view ratings and now page views? There is no democracy, not government of the people, by the people and for the people when people don’t know shit!

By the way, sort of along the same line, go check out Pat Condell on YouTube, there is another video not from him but appearing on the same page of a little girl brainwashed by Islamic teachings and her view on Jews. I can’t link to it right now as I’m still behind the Chinese firewall, but ill link it when I get to HK or Taiwan. It’s no laughing matter. And before you get up in arms about Islamic extremists, consider the hate spread by pro-Taiwan-independence people against those opposing it, and vice versa. Sigh, I wonder if these people and their followers know how ridiculous they appear.

Anyway rant over, en route to Hong Kong!

扭曲的婚姻觀念

You-Deserve-to-be-Single半夜兩點一邊工作一邊開著電視。電視上放著中國拍的什麼活該你單身。

哇~什麼跟什麼,最後面結婚的誓言重要的不是 “…for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish; from this day forward until death do us part. ” 嗎?結果縮短成 will you marry him/her?然後又什麼都跟財富有關,對方開著 GT-R,女二號說沒有 Aston Martin 沒關係…

也難怪大家都不想結婚,離婚率也這麼高~沒有付出就只要有收穫~這跟金融泡沫有啥不同?

還有我必須說,這類的電影真的像屎。A film that supposedly wants to say something about love and relationship, yet places the characters in completely unrealistic environment, with no character arc, nothing that’s meaningful… sigh… I hope I don’t end up making films like this. If I ever do that… I don’t know how I’ll every face the world :p

在書店看了【虎媽的戰歌】卻買了【教育應該不一樣】

虎媽的戰歌前幾天我在金石堂陪老婆稍微讀了一下【虎媽的戰歌】,我拿起來差不多沒三分鐘就立刻放下了。她倒是讀了更久。但是最後我們倆卻都搖搖頭將書放回架子上。沒因為甚麼,就因為我認為這本書真是不應該被出版。

好,或許不該這麼說,但是我認為這本書的出版,對我來說反而點出了許多虎媽無法滿意給我解答的幾個問題。

(一)我能同意書中說的「中國父母所知道的是,除非你對一件事情很擅長,否則它就不會有趣。」,不過這不是絕對。也可以因為有趣,而讓人變得很擅長。但是,我認為對於中國父母來說,學習例如鋼琴,小提琴等,只不過是盲目的一種追求,一種炫耀,一種在西方文化優勢下所產身的對於自身文化的自卑感。與其去學習甚麼 “皇家” 鋼琴學院證書,有多少父母鼓勵小孩去學二胡?古箏?有多少父母鼓勵小孩去練吉他,玩樂團?為什麼不?難道音樂不是【平等】的嗎?還是說玩搖滾樂團沒有證書?沒有級別?不知道如何去評論好或不好?不能去炫耀?那麼請問虎媽逼小孩去學拉提琴是為了甚麼?是因為小孩子喜歡,但是不願意花功夫?還是因為虎媽喜歡,所以小朋友得【先花功夫】然後【必須喜歡】?那麼這是為了小朋友去學?還是爸媽去學?於是,學習的初衷就這麼被扭曲了。

(二)虎媽似乎總喜歡把自己放在【我懂得比你多得多】的位置。然而,身為孩子的我,卻發現,其實父母也是人,也是第一次做父母。第一次做兩個小孩的父母。第一次面臨失業,第一次面臨孩子長大… 等等。那麼,為什麼虎媽卻要把自己放在一個【虛偽】的位置呢?如果人不能誠實的面對自己,又怎麼與他人共生呢?其實當孩子們知道父母也是人,也有喜怒哀樂。更重要的是,也有恐懼與無助時,我相信這個家庭會更團結,會更親密。畢竟,人一輩子中,還有誰能更親?而這個【親】,並不只是血緣,更是一家人經歷他人永遠無法經歷的旅程與關係。虎媽,卻沒有這個。她選擇獲得孩子成功所帶來所有的榮耀,卻逼著孩子賭上一輩子的幸福。成功了,她將(或許像現在這樣)獲得許多矚目與榮耀。失敗了,那麼對她孩子們的傷害呢?這時虎媽打算怎麼彌補?

(三)當然,虎媽在這書裡說,這是因為她十三歲的二女兒的反抗而寫的書,然而除了炫耀,我看不出甚麼其他的。當然,圍繞著虎媽這本書的宣傳,也是緊貼著世俗的,錯誤的價值觀。就在我們鼓吹多元文化,創意性等口號時,虎媽的書依舊鼓吹著單一的價值觀 – 學業第一。更可悲的是,並不是學業,而是考試第一。孩童時代的玩耍,遊戲,打鬧吵架受傷和好等並非是浪費時間,而是讓孩子們學會與他人相處的模式,培養健全的人格。學習,不僅僅是知識,還有訓練思考。不只是回答考題的思考,而是更廣,關於自己與周圍人與環境的思考,甚至更深層的體會。
學歷不等於學問,證書不能證明任何東西。當然,這並不是說我們應該拒絕學校,拒絕證書等,而是應該瞭解學習的初衷。以虎媽的模式,以現在學習模式,哪還有人能體會【朝聞道,夕死可矣】這樣感動的領悟呢?

教育應該不一樣也因此,我買了嚴長壽先生的【教育應該不一樣】。嚴長壽先生或許不像虎媽一樣有著甚麼耶魯大學教授的頭銜,卻在每本書中帶出人性的真,善,美,並且鼓勵所有的人一起往更美好的未來【一起努力】。嚴長壽先生以正面的態度影響許多人發揮自己的光芒,而虎媽則是剝削了孩子的努力來給自己添加早已失去的光芒。

我強力推薦嚴先生的書:嚴長壽:教育應該不一樣。而虎媽的書(我覺得應該是虎媽的哀歌,唱的是荒腔走板的病態教育調),我建議大家還是在書店拿起來看一看,或許能做為某種警惕。除了作為警惕外,真的買回家的話我想應該就是拿來擋門之類的,畢竟物要盡其用啊。

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