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Respect the scholars and experts

In the old days, a small proportion of the population are scholars . They are people who knows how to reason and use logic.

The rest of the population are good in other skills -to be farmers, craftsmen, traders, builders, etc.

The ordinary people respect the scholars for their knowledge and ability to reach the right decisions. They do not think that they are smarter than the scholars.

By scholars, I now include the experts in the special fields of medicine, law, finance, engineering, etc.

Today, we have a system where we educate most people to their level of incompetence. Many people think that they are smart, but in actuality they lack the skill of reasoning and logic.

Worse, they do not respect the experts. They think that they are smarter than the experts.

I am not saying that the system in the old days is perfect. The scholars and experts can also make mistakes and act corruptly.

But the old system where there is respect for scholars and experts is better than today, where everyone thinks that he or she is an expert.

To make matters worse, the “smart” people become cynical and irrational and think that they are heroes for advocating their wrong views.

 

Tan Kin Lian

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28 Responses to “Respect the scholars and experts”

  • Payuwusuli:

    Excellent article by Mr Tan!

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    TKL you said “…..where everyone thinks that he or she is an expert.”
    ===========================================
    Yes, I agreed with you.
    And you are one of them who think you are expert in every field, from C19 to CCP.

    LOL… you shoot yourselves in the foot.

    You always speak favorably of C19CCP.
    So, when are you emigrating to C19CCP disease land aka all things fake land ?

    GE2024.PAP.Guarantee.Win.and.Huat.Again
    Majullah $PAP$ $PAP$ Huat$ Huat$ Huat$

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  • So are you the Expert/Scholar?:

    So what do you think you are ? Expert or Scholar since you have been making a lot of comments ?

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  • oxygen:

    LUCKILY I FAILED my kindergarten leaving examination!

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  • A $elf-entitled $cholar thingy:

    It’s the Deep-Seated Cultural Problematique of the Pappy Psyche:
    “If you so smart why didn’t you get my $cholarship?”

    But sir, please explicate your conceptual approaches towards the problem at hand and do discuss the elements of your public policy making with us “lesser mortals”. Why are your parliamentary debates performed behind closed doors in your Corporate offices?

    Hahaha….. all your governance is intertwined and messed up i$n’t it?

    You’re a pariah political-economy in modern-day economic civilization…. only in Ahgong’s Sinchiapor ah…..

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  • Shenkoji Buchikonya:

    The piece, frankly, is a bit of an embarrassment to sinophiles like Tan Kin Lian.

    Confucius’s philosophical arguments were criticized openly as early as his own day with the proponents of Legalism and Mo-ism and competing Chinese philosophical traditions. Confucianism itself has been the subject of open discourse, revision, argument, and analysis through the centuries, so that the neo-Confucianists of the Song Dynasty had developed/transformed its tenets significantly, partly in response to the Buddhist thought. (The Song Dynasty about 1500 years after Confucius lived.)

    For anyone to assume that only Western thinkers have been able to engage in open, critical analysis reveals a serious ignorance of China historical facts. That’s what thinkers do – they argue. Whether in Europe or China or S Asia or even here.

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  • MarBowling:

    The above GREAT article has FINALLY confirmed that Tan Golden Chain is a Scholar cum Expert.

    SinKapore is damn LUCKY to have such a GREAT Person. Anyway, Those who didn’t VOTED for him and EVEN Made him LOST his Deposit in the PE must be DAFTS.

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  • Respect lah:

    Should respect everyone,not only the scholar.

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  • liew mun leong must be jailed:

    we must not talk cock like tan kin lian.

    because unless we are agree what the term, scholar, means, there cannot be a clear distinction between a crook and a cotton sheep.

    so, what does SCHOLAR mean?

    1, in pap parlance, a scholar is one whose U education is paid by the state and thereafter is at the beck and call of pap. of course, not all such scholars are so no back bone. example is Ms Hazel Poa of PSP. but there are not many of back bone in such pap scholars.

    2, in layman parlance, a scholar is somewhat who does well in an exam. depending on the educational level of the layman, the exam can be PSLE GCEs Us. to such layman, Prof Einstein probably is not a scholar since Prof Einstein did not do well in most exams.

    3, in expertise terms, a scholar is somewhat with specialized knowledge in a specific field of study. can be any field of study.

    if tan kin lian says we need to respect the pap type of scholars, he is dead wrong, unless he means the Ms Hazel Poa type of pap scholars.

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    Shenkoji Buchikonya:
    The piece, frankly, is a bit of an embarrassment to sinophiles like Tan Kin Lian.

    Confucius’s philosophical arguments were criticized openly ….

    Confucius’s philosophical are just shit…fit only to be flush down the toilet bowl.

    My grandmaster LKY philosophical are the best …

    “To the young and the not too old, I say, look at the horizon, follow that rainbow, go ride it.”

    GE2024.PAP.Guarantee.Win.and.Huat.Again
    Majullah $PAP$ $PAP$ Huat$ Huat$ Huat$

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  • Pappies R Free Loaders:

    What do you call a proud Tomato who’s a cowardly tyrant because of his $mall genital$?
    A Big Dick-tato … well well for the want of wisdom….

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  • To Tan Kin Lian:

    How should i put it succintly?

    During Ah Kong’s days, sg prolly has only 1 lawyer graduating from cambridge per million.

    Nowadays, grads fill the streets. Even many of them are hawkers, food deliverers.

    With information explosion, scholars value depreciated to almost nothing.

    What a leader knows, most people know in terms of knowledge. At least such knowledge are freely available online.

    My point is, scholarship is Over-Rated.

    Now, a leader finds himself lacking convincing powers to lead the masses full of grads.

    Its time for Change.

    We must not be shortchanged.

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  • ah chik:

    Scholars?
    They should be teaching in the universities?
    They are in the wrong places here?

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  • zoro:

    Mr TKL, only you and your commie have logic la.

    You only showed that past Sinkies were dumb with their choices.
    And infact, current sinkies are still dumb.

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  • $Huat$ $Huat$ $Huat$:

    Philosophy you mean.

    Like Alice in Wonderland wander down the rabbit hole.

    Singaporeans R Free Riders: Confucius’s philosophical are just shit…fit only to be flush down the toilet bowl.

    My grandmaster LKY philosophical are the best …

    “To the young and the not too old, I say, look at the horizon, follow that rainbow, go ride it.”

    GE2024.PAP.Guarantee.Win.and.Huat.Again
    Majullah $PAP$ $PAP$ Huat$ Huat$ Huat$

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  • flickshit:

    So, are you a Scholar ? And do you think scholars are good and have super intelligent ??

    If Scholars are good and as most paper generals are scholars in PAP camps.

    Tell me, which paper general scholars are smart, have wisdom and humble.

    I don;t need to list here, which scholars I am talking about. You see for yourself.

    I can say that most paper general or Scholars in the govt sectors are rubbish and not world class standard. period.

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  • Expert:

    “Today, we have a system where we educate most people to their level of incompetence. Many people think that they are smart, but in actuality they lack the skill of reasoning and logic.”

    Mr Tan, why you don’t apply your reasoning to the experts? Are most of them also educated to their level of incompetence?

    Remember all the gov scholars and experts told us NOT to wear masks? Those officials even scolded and shamed those who wore masks. Are you still respecting and following their advice?

    Today’s world is too complicated for experts and scholars to know. Actually, they didn’t know that much in the past, but the general population was easier to con.

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  • #08-193 huang ba dan always:

    Now you have to earn respect.

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  • Delta Ong YK:

    Scholars are the most arrogant sgs here.
    And so,they are also the most FOOLISH as there is no wisdom without humility.

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  • Elite:

    In the old days. I was educated in one of the school in Singapore. I could recalled that naughty students were sent out of the class. We were ask to stand on chairs and tables. Caning was done during assembly. Calling of parents to meet the Principal was like a death sentence. Because my parents believed that Teachers were always right. I have to kneel and beg to refrain the Discipline master to call my parents. As the next punishment – expel from school. And promised that I will work hard and not to show example of my trouble making act. My Chinese teacher when not paying attention would just turn and throw the wooden chalk duster . He is a sharp shooter. And there was this particular Sir. Would pass by you and on the spot, will aim at your nipple and pinch on it. Say “sorry and not to talk during lessons ” that was all he wanted. Non of us dare to report to parents or approach the MOE. Today, things have changes instead of appreciating the Teachers. Parents reprimanded the school Teachers and complained to MOE. I felt very disappointed that the word used in describing kids are “Strawberry” kids or so called “White” horse kids.

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  • #08-193 Stoopids:

    What the teacher did was inappropriate, hum sup and sadistic.

    Elite:
    And there was this particular Sir. Would pass by you and on the spot, will aim at your nipple and pinch on it. Say “sorry and not to talk during lessons ” that was all he wanted.

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  • No wonder:

    You are quite confused.
    White horses existed in those ‘good old days’ that you loved punishments.

    Elite: Today, things have changes instead of appreciating the Teachers. Parents reprimanded the school Teachers and complained to MOE. I felt very disappointed that the word used in describing kids are “Strawberry” kids or so called “White” horse kids.

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  • scholarship holders:

    For far too long we have been confusing mere “scholarship holders” with “scholars”.
    “Scholars” there are but they need not even be scholarship holders!
    As a result true ‘scholarship’ (deep learning) has suffered.

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  • Respect the lowly:

    Actually should respect the lowly guy.
    Now we pay the top too much while the bottom is paid peanuts.
    Should increase the pay of the bottom 25% by at least $500 pm.Hard for them to survive.
    Their contribution is only given lip service reward…

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  • pseudo experts:

    //But the old system where there is respect for scholars and experts is better than today, where everyone thinks that he or she is an expert.//

    aiyoh. there are REAL experts and there are also many pian-chiak pian chiak pseudo experts lar ???

    in this very capitalistic world, a lot of experts are just selling their own koyok ??? so many experts, are they able to solve climate change problems, pollution, deforestation or the politicians / business class have overridden their work (or their expertise ??) ???

    as the world gets smaller and real knowledge / education gets more and more commoditized, they will even be more experts who may not agree even among themselves ????

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  • MarBowling:

    Actually we SinKaporean are damn LUCKY to have Scholar cum Expert who are Ministers and MPs to run our cunty, some of whom have shown care and concern for the common folks. Great example are Minister Dr Arsehole showing his Humble background by picking fallen leaves and a jamban lady MP picking chicken bones thrown on the floor by inconsiderate residents of her constituency. One Joker even goes the extra mile by arranging buses to fetch aunties and uncles to the sport stadium to enjoy a big feast of the Famous Boon Thong Kee Chicken Rice FOC!

    Chinese saying:SinKapore under the watch of the PAPigs is “Chenh Two Wu Liang” aka Future very BRIGHT!

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  • oxygen:

    COMMENTS in this thread is FABULOUSLY HILARIOUS.

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  • Uselesstankl:

    More money ministers = ALL MUST RESPECT !

    mediocre minister = ALL MUST SACK !

    ” OUR GOOD OLD MINISTERS ” proverb….

    goh, wooden stick, useless good for warming seat…

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