The Singapore government has designated 25 May 2007 "Eat With Your Family Day". Given that this week is also Kindness Week, today is a really special day. I wanted to take my mom out for some good satay but couldn't find a kind satay man who would serve me 25 sticks of satay if I asked for 40 sticks so I had to settle for mee siam - it turned out the mee siam man was kind enough not to add any 'hum' into my mee siam.
Singaporeans are so busy making money, we need a day designated by the govt to "eat with our families". We used to have more time for family but given wages are rising slower than the price of condos and cars, the only way to make the Singapore Dream come true is to work longer hours. I used to think that the whole idea behind getting to 1st world status is so that we have more time for family, friends ..and better retirement. BUT I WAS WRONG!!!. Our extraordinary leaders probably figured out the whole scheme of things. Resources like cars (quota) & condos are considered scarce in Singapore. The harder we work, the harder we have to work to own them. Get the idea? ...If we get to top 1st world status, condos will probably be selling for $4000 per sq foot in land scarce Singapore and I'll probably have to work 2 jobs just to own one. You get the logic? The whole idea of progress in Singapore be it getting to top 1st world status or Swiss standard of living, is to get Singaporeans to work harder...and harder ...work longer and retire later. In Singapore, the result of progress is more hard work for ordinary Singaporeans.
I leave you with a story so that you can appreciate the great plan the PAP govt has for all of us. The profound logic is embedded in this story below:
Story from here
An investment banker was at the pier of a small coastal village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked.
Inside the small boat were several large yellow fin tuna. The banker complimented the fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.
The fisherman replied, "Only a little while."
The banker then asked, "Why didn't you stay out longer and catch more fish?"
The fisherman said, "With this I have more than enough to support my family's needs."
The banker then asked, "But what do you do with the rest of your time?"
The fisherman said, "I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, go for walks with my wife, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my friends. As you can see, I have a full and busy life."
The banker scoffed, "I am a Harvard MBA and could help you. You should spend more time fishing; and with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat! With the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats. Eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the processor, eventually opening your own cannery. You would control the product, processing and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to the capital city. After that, who knows, maybe you could take on the world!”
The fisherman asked, "But, how long will this all take?"
To which the banker replied, "I’d say about 15 to 20 years."
"But what then?" asked the fisherman.
The Banker laughed and said, “That's the best part! When the time is right, you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich, you would make millions."
"Millions?...Then what?" the fisherman continued prodding.
The banker said, "Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, go for romantic walks with your wife, and in the evenings you could sip wine, play guitar and sing songs with your friends!”
To which the fisherman mused, “Now isn’t that strange… Isn’t that what I’m doing now?”