Must we wait for the fire before we listen to our conscience?

On this Easter Sunday, I can’t help but think of its meaning and how that applies to the current situation we now face in Singapore.

Although I have my own personal relationship with God, I am not a religious man in that I do not follow an organised faith, but I have studied and understand many and respect them all.

What I have found over the years is whichever one you follow at their core they are a system for connecting with your conscience and helping to guide your thinking and behaviour. In fact, many of them have similar tenets and even share some of the same prophets even if prominence varies depending on which one is yours.

Now Easter Sunday is considered the most important and sacred Sunday in the year in the Christian calendar and although ostensibly it celebrates Jesus resurrection it is said to symbolise the potential for rebirth, salvation, and renewal for a damaged human condition.

This potential has been highlighted even more this year with the recent disaster at Notre Dame in Paris where the 800-year-old Catholic Cathedral was reduced by fire but enough remains that it has the potential to be rebuilt and saved from the damage of the flames. A very powerful symbol indeed for Easter week, and a timely one.

They say we are born on this earth with nothing and we leave it with nothing, well nothing except for our soul and the record of the life we have led. At times we can muddy our record driven by many factors including selfishness, greed, fear or even neglect but there is always a potential for us to reconnect with our conscience and be reborn from our errors before we pass on.

How is this relevant to Singapore today?

Well over the years and especially in these last months I have observed that many, if not most of us know there is something fundamentally wrong with how our country is run and where it is heading yet in the face of the mounting evidence most stay silent or worse try and defend or even participate in the indefensible rather than stand up for what is right.

Whether you are a religious person or not I hope it doesn’t take a Notre Dame level event that leaves us rebuilding from the ruins but an inner conscience awakening that allows us to act before a national level disaster happens.

Sometimes we need a trigger or a symbol to get us to overcome the block that is stopping us making the change in our thinking and behaviour that in our hearts we know is needed.

Maybe that Paris fire so close to this weekend is such a symbol?

Because it Is not just about saving a country but about redeeming our own souls, which at the end of the day are all we leave with regardless of how we lived on earth.

Some food for thought.

Happy Easter.

 

 

Brad Bowyer

 

 

 

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19 Responses to “Must we wait for the fire before we listen to our conscience?”

  • oxygen:

    YES, MAJOR POLICY PILLARS ARE DISINTEGRATING APART and PAPpypolitics and PAPpynomics pretend nothing is happening except for even more oppression tools like POFMA.

    PAPpys don’t want to be part of the PROCESS and SERIOUS DEBATE in the social media of what has gone badly wrong. It is now a culture of dishonesty in denying all truthful revelation, spreading fake news about the devilish virtues of POFMA (no one believes them on this one), admit no mistake….concede no points of debate and resents any truth told to their face in the social media.

    We are heading for sudden death collapse of self-inflicted injurious damage and failures of hypocrisies.

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  • MikeB:

    Very well said but sadly and clearly the 70% are totally brainwashed, selfish, ignorant, foolish, dumb and deaf…

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    When you have a Bastard who went with a begging bowl to US in the 70s (eight times in all official and private) for investment and agreed with another evil Bastard name Kissinger to REDUCE world population…the bast**d return and invoked the LEEgal Abortion act in 1974 murdering 1,000,000 plus unborn since its inception to 2016 when a ShittyTime reports Gleefully on its Front Page and an editorial stating ABORTION at its LOWEST ie 20,000+++

    That is a SIN which is unforgiving that must be paid…including the Hypocritical Christian ministers in Cabinet…

    Vengeance is MINE says The Lord and Karma never fails on the Wicked now performing in Wide Screen CinemaScope for all to See & Hear

    AND… there are NONE so Blind for those who do Not see and Ears that do Not hear

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  • NotMyProblem:

    It was truly an unfortunate incidence in Notre Dame, only consolation was no life was lost.

    @Brad; what you said was right. “Well over the years and especially in these last months I have observed that many, if not most of us know there is something fundamentally wrong with how our country is run and where it is heading yet in the face of the mounting evidence most stay silent or worse try and defend or even participate in the indefensible rather than stand up for what is right.”

    Paris can re-build Notre Dame, maybe takes awhile, but it could be done. Where Singapore is heading, led by this PAP government, may not be able to turn back, if Singaporeans still stupidly and quietly follow. There may not be any tru-blue Singaporeans left.

    Just think about it, how many FTs are in Singapore now, how many of them in Parliament and in civil service? Also where these Generals will be leading to? Failure after failures and still in denial!

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  • Harder Truths:

    $G is a meeting place of immigrants – regardless of when or where they came from everyone is given equal opportunity to screw everyone else.

    The current FT are just the next generation of immigrants who follow the same behaviour as the previous immigrants before them.

    That behaviour is to win at all costs. To beat the other guy no matter what. To grab whatever can be grabbed with both hands no matter the cost to others. The older immigrants are being pushed out by the newer hungrier ones. In short – $G is about ‘you die your business’.

    This is how $G became world famous.

    And it will disintegrate because of this same attitude.

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  • Cry FGS:

    That day I saw on CNA our SSS (Small Space for Sex) minister speaking in parliament, wearing a “+” (cross) around her neck, near to her heart yet she’s talking BS. I wondered then, at that very moment, how she can do that without feeling any guilt. How does she answer to God?

    Same for those other ministers and those wearing white for their party. Where’re their conscience? I bet many of them have a religion they follow. I can’t help wondering what their religions teach them.

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  • LIONS:

    Indeed sad to see the 800 years old cathedral razed in such manner just before Easter.
    And,even sadder to see terror attacks in Sri Lanka ,a largely Buddhist country,killing so many innocent people and seriously injuring many more.

    Buildings especially sacred buildings that are iconic are important to human beings as they can serve as gathering points for peace-loving congregations among different people and remind us of history and culture.
    But,more important is the SPIRIT OF A PEOPLE,ONCE DESTROYED,IS VERY DIFFICULT TO REBUILD.

    THIS IS WHY sgs NEED TO WAKE UP BEFORE THEY ARE COMPLETELY DESTROYED AS TRUE BLUE SGS N BEFORE WE ARE COMPLETELY RAZED IN EVERY SENSE OF THE WORD.

    HOW CAN A PROSPEROUS COUNTRY SEE INCREASING NUMBER OF ELDERLY CITIZENS WHO ONCE TOILED HARD TO BUILD THIS COUNTRY TAKE THEIR OWN *OLD* LIVES?

    So sgs must be fired up to uncover the dark clouds of EXTREME GREED N SELFISHNESS of our ELITE$.

    THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME AS ANY MORE DELAY SPELLS MORE GLOOM N DOOM.

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  • RDB:

    Jesus is God who came down to earth as a man to live and teach us all of his father’s heavenly values. Yet, he was crucified. But the then Roman emporer of that Roman empire world said… “This man did no wrong. But they want him. So I must let them have him”.

    That potently means that he the Roman emporer cannot go against the will of the people. And that was at a time when it was a Roman world then.

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  • Regime change is the solution:

    The burning of Notre Dame reminded me of LKY’s last wish for his house at 38 Oxley road. His wish should be respected and his house promptly demolished.

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  • Haigen-Diaz:

    Good luck trying to find conscience in our Singaporean context. If you write about them honestly, you will need to write profiles in material wealth, not profiles in courage/conscience.

    Much of what we blogger’s here write, needs to be said to rise to a level of higher political awareness. The money from wealthy in the political system has warped the ambition of too many of our politicians. The Singapore society has become a weaker place for it. Step by step we weaken this country. Drip by drip we make ourselves economically weaker, mentally weaker, morally weaker.

    Sometimes, this is a conscious process, but most often, it is the result of long term indoctrination by governmental and sociocultural factors. It is so intrinsic to human nature that I doubt we will ever overcome it. The very few of us who cannot “decommission our moral inhibitions,” as philosopher David Livingstone Smith says, should be cherished and celebrated because they hold on to something most humans so easily relinquish.

    Each of us has the ability/responsibility to take personal risks against injustice in small ways in our everyday lives. We have a political party that has opted to join the money game and will not stand up any longer for the rights of common citizens..

    Truth to corrupted power is our only hope and salvation as a species. To stand apart, in conscience, at moments like this, is rare. The fact is few resist.

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    RDB:
    Jesus is God who came down to earth as a man to live and teach us all of his father’s heavenly values. Yet, he was crucified. But the then Roman emporer of that Roman empire world said… “This man did no wrong. But they want him. So I must let them have him”.

    That potently means that he the Roman emporer cannot go against the will of the people. And that was at a time when it was a Roman world then.

    Correction Bro, it was the Roman Procurator of Judea Pontius Pilate NOT the Emperor of Rome who eventually Fiddle away when Rome was Burning

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  • No Dafts or Dogs Allowed:

    The fire had already started long ago. Problem is 70% daft frogs are still sitting on it. Don’t need to wait for disaster. Wait for frog porridge, better.

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  • 大成巷阿明:

    在复活节咒新加坡,要新加坡像巴黎圣母院一样的毁于一把火?

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  • rukidding:

    The “jewel” is truly a “Good place” to “start exploring” !

    Plenty of “weakness”

    Plenty of “impact” !

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  • 真是曼代处的阿明:

    “复活节咒”?

    英文理解能力也可以烂到这种地步?
    要不文化教育也可以障到这样离谱?

    随然是区区一帖五毛钱, 也应当有点水准吧?

    大成巷阿明:
    在复活节咒新加坡,要新加坡像巴黎圣母院一样的毁于一把火?

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  • 大成巷阿明:

    真是曼代处的阿明:
    “复活节咒”?

    英文理解能力也可以烂到这种地步?
    要不文化教育也可以障到这样离谱?

    随然是区区一帖五毛钱, 也应当有点水准吧?

    哎呀,兄弟,在你要点开这议题时,你没看到那旺旺燃烧着的鬼火吗?

    再读这个人的文章时,他也不是有说新加坡人要等到新加坡像巴黎圣母院一样被火烧了后才再重建吗?

    哎呀呀,看到那鬼火,谁不会慌张?

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  • 真是曼代处的阿明:

    鬼火? 心虚吧?

    大成巷阿明: 哎呀,兄弟,在你要点开这议题时,你没看到那旺旺燃烧着的鬼火吗?

    再读这个人的文章时,他也不是有说新加坡人要等到新加坡像巴黎圣母院一样被火烧了后才再重建吗?

    哎呀呀,看到那鬼火,谁不会慌张?

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  • 大成巷阿明:

    真是曼代处的阿明:
    鬼火? 心虚吧?

    不怕?

    被鬼迷惑了吧?

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  • 真是曼代处的阿明:

    的确这里有鬼想迷惑他人!

    大成巷阿明: 不怕?

    被鬼迷惑了吧?

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