the best portion of a good man’s life; his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love. ~ william wordsworth

J and i went to see 2012 yesterday. no, this is not a review of the movie. but i have been seeing a lot of attention given this issue of apocalypse these past few weeks. about the end of time, the destruction of the earth and finales de la vida. loads of books. analysis in newspapers. great scientists and philosophers pouring their hearts out on the discovery channel, the history channel, animal planet (yea, now you know that i am an education package geek, good for you).

and people start to think about what to do so that they would be able to survive such things when they happen. do we build a ship? a giant ark? habitations on the moon? on mars? or jupiter?

and i have no intention here trying to demotivate the great minds of our generation, but seriously, if one day, the world will be destroyed, then it will be destroyed, and there is nothing we can do about it.

and no, this is not my point. my point is simply to say that instead of pouring resources into a possible response to doomsday, we should focus about the present day. look around in the here and in the now and look at what we can do for each other.

all the war. all the famine. all the environmental destruction. all the people fighting over the most trivial of things. the proliferation of greed and cruelty and disrespect. people call me a conservative. but i think culture is important. and i think that if people took a step back, just one step back towards their roots, back to the values that our forefathers brought us up with, we will see that there is no point fighting over things like borders.

if there really is less than three years left to life on earth as we know it, i would like the great minds of this generation to look into making peace with the world, and by this, i mean each other. look at all the wealth massed and look at all the poor and hungry and sick. i think that if we live with the knowledge of unavoidable death, we would all be more generous and share. and in sharing, we make life a little easier for another human being.

if there really is less that three years left, the last thing i would want is to spend time suffering because of all the drama that is happening in the world. buat apa nak gaduh lagi – kejap lagi semua pun mampus. which part of all this don’t you understand – there will be no winner. we can either choose to end the fights now and try to be happy for the next coupla years with our loved ones, or continue fighting, continue suffering, continue neglecting the very thing that is most important in life – our families – just because we had to be selfish and defend our pride. if we know that the world will end soon, and we had to choose between family and pride, shouldn’t the decision be obvious?

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one of my suppliers just sent us a box of sugar pastries with red bean stuffing. the carbohydrates are kicking in and as i recline quietly at my workstation, i dream of a world where we would just let each other be happy.

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2 thoughts on “the best portion of a good man’s life; his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love. ~ william wordsworth

  1. Svllee says:

    Nice piece..! I mean, the sugar pastry with red bean stuffing.

    Seriously, you hit the nail on the head. Nothing we can do if the world is about to end in 3 years. Firstly, it will be such a shame, as I’m really looking forward to the 2012 London Olympics. Well, at least the games will be in the Summer, the come December, poof, all
    gone, the people won’t reap the benefits of the investment poured into it.

    Secondly, I’d say serve US right. We as in the space brains NASA should have gone back to the moon and built moon bases in the 60′s and 70′s. Instead, the spent all the money in building the Shuttle, and Hubble telescopes, and fund wars and weapons on Earth to kill each other, etc.

    What say you?

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