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Empathy and Luxury

I feel rather disgusted when I read about people mocking and poking fun at the 17 year old girl talking about her new present from her dad as “Luxurious Brand”. [LINK]

Luxury is a relative term. A $50 meal at a restaurant can be just a norm to many people, or even considered as “cheapskate” to filthy rich people but to a person who is poor, that’s a luxury. $50 could well provide 10 daily meals to them!

I guess most people have not been poor before or they just lack empathy.

A little girl who is overwhelmed with joy because her father has bought her very first expensive bag (relative to her) does not deserve such mocking. What she needs is actually encouragement.

This is a typical example of people, majority of people, who don’t really understand the value of anything but just price of everything.

To that girl, that’s the first luxury she enjoys in having a nice bag which she dreamt of having. That’s the value which her dad has given her.

I grew up in a relatively poor family, though not the poorest. Having KFC or Macdonalds was a luxury to me. I only had that “expensive” meal of Macdonalds when I was in Secondary 3. And I chose the cheapest meal. That was a luxury.

 

Goh Meng Seng

 

 

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26 Responses to “Empathy and Luxury”

  • #$%^&*:

    PAP ministers probably say the same amongst themselves

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  • opposition dude:

    The problem with people these days is that they are online far too much. All these negative comments come from their Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and all that. And once a person falls victim to the mob is when things start going haywire.

    Simple thing would be to not hang around on social media so much so as to avoid reading comments whether good or bad. But it’s just not possible for some people so this online mocking will continue for years to come.

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    GMS, why not you go straight to the point.

    The video is here and on SG incident.
    Teen Zoe meets Charles & Keith founders after TikTok video on ‘luxury bag’ goes viral / SG incident
    https://bit.ly/3iJhS4D

    The people who bully Zoe are Oppie supporters and anti foreigners.

    To 8000+ readers, if you vote Opposition, Opposition will crash Singapore and Singapore will descend into chaos.

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  • xoxo:

    $nobbi$hne$$ is a modern SOCIETAL DISEASE in most $ecular countrie$ where people n even govt put $ before people n all things else.

    Take some bloke who said he only eats XO CHYE TOW KUEH from Peach Garden and passed snide remarks at ordinary sgs who only eat hawker version.
    What is in a Prada bag?
    Whats in a big branded car?
    Probably debts just as huge?

    Luxury is not just found in a branded bag unless you are so shallow.
    To me,luxury is having a nice plate of old fashioned wonton noodles that is so hard to come by even if you have to pay $6 or so for a plate?

    Luxury is being able to WALK SAFELY ALONG THE PEDESTRIAN WALKWAY/FOOTPATH WITHOUT WORRYING OF THE RISK OF GETTING KNOCKED BADLY BY A RECKLESS N INCONSIDERATE CYCLIST .
    Did i mention FOOTway?
    Yes,PESESTRIAN FOOTWAY.
    LEISURE WALKING for old uncles like me is indeed becoming a RARE LUXURY here.
    Walking on FOOTWAY is now very STREASFUL.
    THANKS TO LTA N MOT FOR MAKING ONCE SAFE LEISURE WALKS ON FOOTWAY A *LUXURY* old sgs like me cannot *afford* anymore.

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  • IloveSG:

    I definitely agree with you!

    Plenty who bullied Zoe are actually oppo supporters and anti-foreigners.

    We cannot let oppo run SG. Or else our future is gone!

    Shame on you oppie pests.

    Singaporeans R Free Riders:
    GMS, why not you go straight to the point.

    The video is here and on SG incident.
    Teen Zoe meets Charles & Keith founders after TikTok video on ‘luxury bag’ goes viral / SG incident
    https://bit.ly/3iJhS4D

    The people who bully Zoe are Oppie supporters and anti foreigners.

    To 8000+ readers, if you vote Opposition, Opposition will crash Singapore and Singapore will descend into chaos.

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  • I used to ...:

    I used to think pappy people are upright. See how these pappies smear people.

    IloveSG:
    I definitely agree with you! Plenty who bullied Zoe are actually oppo supporters and anti-foreigners. We cannot let oppo run SG. Or else our future is gone! Shame on you oppie pests.

    Singaporeans R Free Riders: The people who bully Zoe are Oppie supporters and anti foreigners.

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  • big fat appetite:

    //The people who bully Zoe are Oppie supporters and anti foreigners.//

    really or not ?? <$500k is mediocre lar ?? who got big fat appetite (highest paid for serving the public ??) who bully the small people but protect the "big" people ???

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  • whose future:

    //We cannot let oppo run SG. Or else our future is gone!//

    really or not ??? whose future gone lar ?? is it the fortune / future of kaki lang of the white idiots “gone” (wink wink if you know what that means ??) ??

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  • PAP mandate strong:

    @ XOXO

    Lets be frank!

    As CCP said 坦白從寬.
    A simple sentence like ” i cannot afford it ” will do.

    Strange definition. If you tell me somebody buy you a simple meal e.g. chicken rice or e.g. a cup of coffee. Or lend you a helping hand when you are clearing an heavy item before CNY. Thats luxury thats fine with me.

    And whats wrong with people who work hard earn their keep and reward themselves with a luxury meal or genuine luxury goods e.g. LV ? Or you prefer China imitation fake goods ?

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  • IloveSG:

    Aiyo, buay song go change the ruling government via ballot box lah.
    We democratic country, not China. If oppie so good already become government liao, tio boh?
    Lucky. Most singaporean knows what is good for the country!

    I used to ...:
    I used to think pappy people are upright. See how these pappies smear people.

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    IloveSG:
    I definitely agree with you!

    Plenty who bullied Zoe are actually oppo supporters and anti-foreigners.

    We cannot let oppo run SG. Or else our future is gone!

    Shame on you oppie pests.

    Yo, don’t use such strong word on ALL Oppie.

    2 types of Oppies:

    1. The smart Oppie (with hidden agenda like LGBT) will incite/instigate
    2. The stupid Oppie will be canon fodders, used and discarded like a soiled paper underwear.

    Our job is to walk the ground like BK and tell the truth as it is to defend and protect Singapore.

    Everyone here use Americunt democracy as a yardstick yet no Oppie dare to expose/condemn Americunt for their hypocrisy.

    This is treason and must be charged in court.

    Americunt snatch the mic away from reporter who criticize U$
    好意思自稱重視人權? (watch video frame at 21:00)
    https://bit.ly/3GJk1VS

    The naked truth on the Hunter Biden laptop coverup
    https://nypost.com/2022/12/20/the-naked-truth-on-the-hunter-biden-laptop-coverup/

    Classified Biden docs found in his Delaware garage next to Corvette
    https://nypost.com/2023/01/12/wh-admits-more-classified-docs-found-in-bidens-delaware-garage/

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  • xoxo:

    @PAP mandate strong
    Did i say you cannot buy a LV bag or GO FOR GOURMET CHYE TOW KUEH if you so wish?
    Read my lips.
    I read your lip$.
    What i am saying is simply that if you think that ONLY LUXURY(READ as EXPEN$IVE/PRICEY) THINGS can Only be VIEWED AS LUXURY ,then you are indeed SHALLOW.

    Anyway,GO AHEAD,GO BUY A ROLLS ROYCE,WHY BOTHER TO BUY A BMW OR MERC?
    EVEN A BENTLEY IS BETTERER.
    As for me,*KEITH N CHARLES* CAN JUST BE AS LUXURIOUS IN TERMS OF TRULY *FINE LEATHER* N NOT JUST BECAUSE IT IS IMPRINTED *LV* OR BERKIN$???

    CHEERIO!
    I am going to my usual hawker centre for my humble but glorious chye tow kueh.
    Its a real luxury for me.

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  • xoxo:

    Allow [email protected] mandate strong to tell you that i despise tho$e who $crew others just to *GET RICH*.
    I view them as more lowly than that humble old bended lady who goes around scavenging for cardboard litter to eke out a meagre living.
    So what if you wear expensive clothes when you know,within yourself,(whether you admit it or not) lies a rotten soul?

    Some wise man said,* WHAT DOES IT PROFIT A MAN IF HE WIN$ THE WHOLE WORLD BUT SUFFER THE LOss of his own SOUL*?

    I can easily smell a rotten wolf miles away even if he puts on luxurious clothing$.
    I avoid such lowly people.
    I have oso made frens with rich but humble ones.

    Luxury?
    It depends on how you see things…
    God bless.

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  • Kaiju:

    Dun be Hypocrites la..

    First of all, you already view that ‘humble old bended lady’ as ‘lowly’. Just by putting another person ‘lower’ than her does not make you any much more honorable.

    Self-righteousness.

    xoxo:
    Allow [email protected] mandate strong to tell you that i despise tho$e who $crew others just to *GET RICH*.
    I view them as more lowly than that humble old bended lady who goes around scavenging for cardboard litter to eke out a meagre living.

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    IloveSG:
    Aiyo, buay song go change the ruling government via ballot box lah.
    We democratic country, not China. If oppie so good already become government liao, tio boh?
    Lucky. Most singaporean knows what is good for the country!

    Well said.

    Singapore will not be canon fodder for Americunt, Chinacunt or any other cuntries.

    Singapore is small like this cigarette butt cleaner but we pack a punch should anyone try to mess with us.

    MMA fighter confronts cigarette butts litterers in Kabuki-cho
    https://bit.ly/3GPNIF3

    Oppositions are coward like the litterer, only dare to criticize our great PAP government but DARE NOT criticize Americunt who is the ma$ter of ALL CON and Hypocrite In God We Tru$t.

    Oppositions are what Chinacunt say 欺善怕惡.

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    xoxo: Allow [email protected] mandate strong to tell you that i despise tho$e who $crew others just to *GET RICH*.

    Nothing wrong with that what… Opposition all adored Americunts FREEDOM, DEMOCRACY, HUMAN RIGHTS of screwing others to get rich.

    Please go preach to your Americunt ma$ter or Smart Nation.

    Yes, your Americunts Ma$ter of ALL CON & HYPOCRITE In God We Tru$t exploit/sell LNG gas at 4 times the home market price and talk cock about Freedom, Democracy, Human Right$.

    US President Coolidge said : After all, the chief business of the American people is business.(read profit)

    You bleed/killed, my profit, my bonuses. Your death is highly profitable.

    EITHER YOU ARE WITH US (to screw others via PROFITEERING)
    OR AGAINST US (prevent/stop us from screwing others PROFITEERING)

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  • xoxo:

    @kaiju
    @Sg free riders

    Stop talking cock.

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  • Kaiju:

    Yes yes, dun tok cock.
    My time seen plenty of xoxo type self-righteousness seniors. Just few years older but tok cock like very zai.

    The fact that you eat cheaper cai tau kueh is because you on budget la.

    Don’t get me wrong! It is understood that we all have choice over price!

    Would you eat a plate of cai tau kueh that is badly made for $2?
    Yea, some would still. But would you rather go for a much better cai tau kueh for $2.50? The answer is obvious. You are still trading your budget with the amount of tolerance you can take.

    When 10 years time the plate of cai tau kueh without XO sauce, selling $6 minimum everywhere, would you still eat?

    The fact is everyone have a price tag to everything. Just don’t try to make yourself look so pretty being self-righteousness.

    If you can afford to eat Tuna sashimi which was still swimming this morning, you tell me you will scoop up that ikan bilis lying in the plate next to it?

    Yes yes, you tok cock.

    xoxo:
    @kaiju
    @Sg free riders

    Stop talking cock.

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  • xoxo:

    @kaiju

    So,telling sgs who contributed to BUILDING SG to be so attractive to foreigners to accept $1K salary is *RIGHTEOUS* even as we RAID SGS’ RESERVES to GRANT huge furlough to *NON-sgs*(including INTRA-COMPANY TRAN$FEREE$) who have yet to pay INCOME TAX during COVID when ,at the same time,we irreverently shove a meagre $600 out of a PER CAPITA GRANT OF $22.6K.
    So,we want to SAVE JOBS,ya?
    Is RAIDING RESERVES to give away huge furlough to non-sgs the only way?
    Cant we ask those with high salaries to take a wage cut like we did to sgs before???

    To people like you,WHO LOVE TALKING COCK ,only misfortune can knock sense into your brainwashed skull.
    Like LKY said,your hide needs to be pricked with spikes .
    Only yhen will you wake up.
    And,LKY reprimanded some bootlicking grassLOOTER$ for squandering TAXPAYER MONEY ON SOME *LUXURIOU$* tentage if you have forgotten.

    Yes,sgs’ lives will be much better without bootlicking cock-talkers like you.PERIOD.

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  • xoxo:

    @kaiju
    And,yes,i would still prefer my humble crispy ikan bilis on my plate of nasi lemak(again,not the overpriced one from Punggol Nasi Lemak that i think is overhyped)from my fave hawker stall anytime!

    Whats so great or luxurious eating JAPANESE shashimi?
    Enuf of that luxury(if you insist) for me.
    I much prefer my fried *kembong* fish in ny packet of nasi lemak that is generously n deliciously splashed with the delectable chilli paste.

    I dont need to $quander in order to have my little humble luxuries.
    As for you,maybe you prefer to PAY AND PAY AT *JEWEL*.
    NO ONE IS STOPPING YOU.
    GO AHEAD,BUY A ROLLS ROYCE.
    Thats REAL LUXURY.
    TUNA shashimi?
    Sorry,i am not keen on *japanese*.

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  • Kaiju:

    @xoxo

    Err… where is LKY? Your idol?
    And I didn’t say include nasi lemak leh, see, you add it on for yourself.

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  • xoxo:

    @kaiju
    So,did i say you cannot eat japanese shashimi?
    As usual,talk cock n divert the essence of the message.
    You can go on mehing like sheep for all i care.
    Not going to waste my time exchanging with daft like you.

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    xoxo:
    @kaiju
    @Sg free riders

    Stop talking cock.

    Yah lah..only you not talking cock right ?

    So can you answer my question here on the last post ?
    https://www.tremeritus.net/2023/01/11/if-you-still-want-to-use-the-word/

    Looking forward to your answer.

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    Calling xoxo:
    Why you dare not answer even one question?

    Just one simple question, not 5 questions like I had for Smart Nation.

    https://www.tremeritus.net/2023/01/11/if-you-still-want-to-use-the-word/

    Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    xoxo:
    Hahaha,@*It is truly amazing when you walk the ground…*
    There you GO CONNING again.
    Even smart MINISTERS/MPs will GET CONNED by FAKE FEEDBACK N FAKE *GROUND* which is spruced up just for the MP’s *walkabout*???

    Then,come NATIONAL DAY,GET PBM N BBM???

    So the million dollars question is, what are you going to do to right your claimed of FAKE FEEDBACK N FAKE *GROUND* so that ministers will hear the real feedback and real ground.

    I believe TRE 8000+ readers are very keen to hear your solution.

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  • Joker:

    It must be that your questions are not worth answering.

    Singaporeans R Free Riders:
    Calling xoxo:
    Why you dare not answer even one question?

    Just one simple question, not 5 questions like I had for Smart Nation.

    https://www.tremeritus.net/2023/01/11/if-you-still-want-to-use-the-word/

    So the million dollars question is, what are you going to do to right your claimed of FAKE FEEDBACK N FAKE *GROUND* so that ministers will hear the real feedback and real ground.

    I believe TRE 8000+ readers are very keen to hear your solution.

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    Joker:
    It must be that your questions are not worth answering.

    No wonder Singaporeans are unemployable.. cannot even answer a simple question like what are you going to do to right your claimed of FAKE FEEDBACK N FAKE *GROUND* so that ministers will hear the real feedback and real ground.

    I can imagine when a boss asked a Singaporean PMET: Thanks for telling me the problem. So what is your solution?

    Singaporean PMET: Silence… diam. diam. all the way.

    Which company in their right mind will want to hire such Singaporean?

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