May 15, 2006

Crash n Burn

Posted in Literature, Malaysia, The Cause at 1:00 am by egalitaria

When I began this blog, I quoted one of my favourite verses by WB Yeats, in "The Second Coming":

 Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

This was used by Ayi Kwei Armah in his book, "The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born" that spoke of corruption seeping through the land. I could not help but make cross comparisons with the land I live in. In the book, the protagonist, "Man" (without a given name, in order that he represents the commoner on the street) fights an internal battle within – to give or not to give, that is the question. He struggles a moral battle as he sees his fellow mates live in luxury: imported cars, plush carpets and more… a solid education and quality shoes for their children.

Is the same rank stench that permeated Africa happening to our motherland? That UTT money (under the table) is necessitated based upon the very essentials of our future? I am only questioning.

Crash and burn, crash and burn… especially when the fundamental structures that are to hold up society seem to verily "fall apart". When central structures come loose, behold all else that lies in the periphery! What are the structures of society? The police, education systems, legal system, the government arm. The executive, judiciary and legislative.

I for one am committed to drawing the "widening gyre" to a close. Close the gap between what ought to be and what is, without compromising on the former. Getting the basics right is where we're at.

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