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London! December 27, 2006

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Okay, okay. I’m in London. Heh. Right now i’m chilling in darius‘ room, where i am bunking in with him. Thank goodness sia… if not must pay rent liao. Then i can eat grass for the next few months in Trier. zzz…

Anyway, Sunday was cold…cold in Trier, that is. What didn’t make things particularly better was the fact that it was 1 degree out and that i had to take the bus 1 hour early from Petrisberg to the Hauptbahnhof…thanks to the Sternbuslinie which runs only once an hour on Sundays. But oh well don’t bitch lah. Thank goodness i could hide in the Hauptbahnhof and drink coffee and stuff.

And yes! I called the girlfriend and got reminded by her mom to cut my hair. zzz. I shall wear a bandanna next time before i take pictures…yeah.

I reached Frankfurt/Hahn 3 hours EARLY again…because the bus from Trier to Hahn runs only once every 3 hours and i didn’t want to like verpassen my check-in time. So yeah. I was 3 hours early for check-in. I spent time reading Der Dativ ist dem Genitiv sein Tod, trying to do a crossword puzzle (which i failed miserably at) and well yeah bumming around.

Nothing much in between. My big complaint of the day is about LONDON STANSTED AIRPORT. The security was so mofoing tight la! The queues were building and building and a girl concussed and a guy jumped queue and almost got his ass kicked. And i got asked a battery of questions like ‘where are your friends from? where did you get to know your friends? and so on and so forth.’

Eh, i don’t have a turban on my head and Osama Bin Laden on my passport, okay?

Oh well. Paranoia drives the world today. If people weren’t paranoid, the world would probably stop turning and freeze. Yeah.

London is warmer than Trier! HAHAHA i can’t believe elaine says it’s cold all the time. If it’s one thing i like about the United Kingdom, it’s that it’s warmer than Germany. No biting winds. Heh…The city is so huge that i’m not used to it…in fact i doubt i could really survive in a big city like London…Trier is more my cuppa. HAHA. That’s what changes in the environment does to you, i suppose. I’m more of a small-town boy now. HAHA…really lah. I really wonder how i managed to grow up in an urban city like Singapore, until i realised that it’s because i’ve never lived in the CBD. Heh…

Darius and Co. live in the high-class regions…damn lucky right? Yeah, well. Rent also high what. You get what you give, i suppose.

Christmas shopping was this morning. Surprisingly, i didn’t buy a lot of things… hahaha i think kandy was right the last time i asked her about it…it’s way too…übertrieben already lah. Haha…i also don’t know why Singaporeans gush so much about it…i spent 40 quid only…*shrug* but i really do feel that i need some new shirts. HAHAHA…oh well i heard we’re going for round 2 tomorrow.

So, we shall see about that.

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Words of Wisdom December 20, 2006

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I was on the train from Stuttgart to Koblenz, reading The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy, when i came across this…

‘A man should be only partially before his time: to be completely at the vanward in aspirations is fatal to fame.’

It describes Clym Yeobright, who strove to bring reform to the rural people of Egdon Heath.

And maybe it describes me. Here i am, preaching freedom of speech, hope, and all for Singapore. But i doubt Singapore is ready.

Heh heh. Sometimes, it’s better to be a nobody. Which i will be, if i decide to stay in Singapore after i’ve done my dues.

Afternote: Another blog got shut down. Threatened with legal action. Anyone knows what the author used to post? Who threatened him? And there’s another reason to stay a nobody.

I am Singaporean XI – No, White Horses Don’t Exist December 20, 2006

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I read that someone just commissioned not long ago. I also read in the blogosphere that he is a white horse…

But white horses don’t exist! No…white horses don’t exist. SAF denies expressly the White Horse Phenomenon. Write to MINDEF and get the friendly COL Benedict Lim to state once again that White Horses Do Not Exist. Write in again and you’ll get a defamation lawsuit. Pao chiak one!

It’s just a coincidence that he is posted to Signals, which most of us in OCS regarded as the slackest support arm you could go to. (Okay, so they have a 72 km route march. SO WHAT?) And, it’s just a coincidence that people (sai kang warriors, regular sai kang warriors, and their my-career-is-so-important officers) were bustling about performing home improvement at Stagmont Camp. I mean…upgrading what! SAF regulars vote for PAP…so the camps must get upgrading la…

Really, white horses don’t exist!

Okay, okay. They DO. And sometimes, it’s not because they expect to be treated as such (i heard of a LCP who answered nonchalantly to an officer just because he was some minister’s son. Thank goodness i wasn’t that officer…if not i would have gotten decommissioned. HAHA.) and some of them do go through thick and thin with us.

There was a Minister’s son in my OCS platoon and in my Arty cadet batch. Well, he didn’t get any special treatment. Kena extra also stay in. Kena tekan also do together. And as such, we didn’t have any prejudices against him. We didn’t say ‘wah lan…white horse.’ Deploy also deploy together. He was one of us, not The Minister’s Son.

But then again, a lot of white horsing happens because the officers-in-charge are concerned about their career. I mean, what i read in takchek’s blog made sense. Scared OCT Lee will complain? Then better do properly…it happens more often when the officer in question is MAJ rank and above. For example, my ex-CO. I almost had to evict him from my deployment ground in New Zealand because he was making my blood boil with all his suggestions.

What’s most worrying about this White Horse Phenomenon is that a lot of them come out from the Army with a very skewed view of NS life. I would like to ask 2LT Lee if he earned those bars with sweat and blood. With area cleanings and unreasonable instructors. Or if he was treated like a king all the way through. I know some people expect to be treated like kings (like another Lee who went to TCHS but couldn’t make it because his friends wouldn’t worship him. Fuckass.)

Oh well…what is the use of the question anyway? If he DID earn it, well and good…if he didn’t…then he’ll be the next BG, anyway.

White horse..? What white horse?

华语 Un-Cool? No lah… December 14, 2006

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This letter is not going to get published in the States Straits (jeez. gotta get rid of those annoying spelling mistakes) Times.

So lately there’s been a lot of hoo-ha about the youth being rude and generally lacking in social etiquette. Actually…this ‘me-myself-and-fucking-I’ attitude, as my OCS PC put it (he hated me and i hated him) has been, in my view, created by meritocracy. Yes, another thing we can thank our Dear Leaders for.

Anyway, firstly, there is this reader’s letter about Chinese-speaking youths being inconsiderate in trains by blasting their gadgetry at full volume. It irritates the fuck out of me also so i’m not gonna say that they were actually right, yadda. Actually, i think it’s possible to attribute this to us Chinese happening to have the largest share in the population? Any mat or minah who tried to pull this trick in the MRT would be told where he can take his gadget and shove it. The view that these youths, following the ‘if others can do, so i must do also, if not i lugi‘ view is mainly invalid…based on your broadly sweeping view then, every MRT carraige should be a bit like ZoukOut already…because everyone also chiong music what.

And this thing about the ‘boorish Chinese-speaking youths’ is a grossly sweeping statement. I feel like telling the writer that he is just discriminating against his own race. Eh, you need to wake up your idea sia…it is more statistical than our upbringing that you should selectively and subjectively observe this phenomenon. Oh…he is a teenager! NO WONDER…Maybe this letter was written because he can’t speak Chinese well la…and he jeers at those guys who do as cheenapoks/cheenagerks/chink/whatever. Or maybe he’s an ang mor trapped in a Chinese skin. Dey, your discrimination against people who CAN speak passable Chinese is based on the fact that they are:

  1. of your race
  2. speaking a language you cannot speak well
  3. generally more ‘neighbourhood-school type’…not your average RI/AC elitist – therefore lacking in culture and education (i have friends who come from Chinese schools who can kick any RI dude’s ass. Hell, yours truly could kick any dude’s ass in terms of culture and education)

Next, the inconsideration doesn’t just apply to them. Look around and see how many people pretend to be asleep when there is someone needy of a seat on the trains/bus. That’s right, close your eyes so you can shut out the guilt.

Although it’s true that a lot of us are sometimes intolerant to others, it’s not only happening amongst the chinese-speaking youth…the writer is trapped in his own little microcosm and doesn’t see that it happens ALL OVER THE HOUSE. Or maybe it’s selective vision…that makes you minister material…congrats!

I am Chinese-educated. I like to eat bak chor mee, go for late night kopi. I like to chiong and i refer to hot babes as chio bus. I can curse and swear in 5 languages. Got problem with that? On the other hand, i give up my seat, i believe in saying ‘Please’ and ‘thank you’ and all. So, it can’t be a problem with our upbringing.

Ever since God-knows-when we’ve been brought up to acknowledge that our results will determine our future in terms of the pay we’ll be bringing home, bla bla. Of course, this is horribly materialistic…but what to do? Gahmen says so, so we do it lor. This leads to us wanting to show off every material asset we have…i’m surprised someone hasn’t brought iPod speakers on the trains to turn one MRT carraige into Retro night. Why issit prominent amongst the Chinese-speaking youth? Well, because, turd, we are amongst the majority and because we can’t show off like how you show off your ‘superior’ command of the English tongue…or how you all manage to go out with the hot RGS girl who won’t go out with us because in her eyes we appear as they do in yours – uncouth, inconsiderate and rude.

Singapore also got 1 problem…no one dares to speak up. I once read that 1st officers on SIA flights tend to be silent because the captain will fuck them upside down if they say something to remind the captain…they take it as a personal insult even if safety is compromised. Similarly, no one fucks anyone on the trains for being inconsiderate. I did once lah and the person (who was older than me) gave me a ‘i’m-so-guilty-but-i’ll-kick-your-ass-if-i-see-you-again’ look. Pisses you off? Then do as the Aussies/Europeans do: give that guy a tongue-lashing la! Don’t dare to? Then shut up!

Perhaps that’s another flaw in our upbringing…we’re conditioned that harmony is the way to go…but if it disturbs you that badly and it’s WRONG then open your mouth and say something lar! TMD ur cb mouth got gold ah…cannot say on the spot but must write to States Times…

I’m damn worried sia…how can States Times publish this kind of article…i know that it’s an English-speaking publication…you want a counter-argument to appear in 联合早报 before you high issit…by making us look boorish and uneducated and spoiling Singapore’s image…doesn’t do you a lot of good also.

ELITIST!

Tmd…lim peh si bei tu lan liao…nabei if i was in Singapore i would try to find a way to charge your ass under the Sedition Act man. We talk crap about minority races will HKK…now you come and try to talk shit about us…not seditious ah…creating social unrest sia…and to think you are talking shit about YOUR OWN RACE.

黑眼睛,黑头发,黄皮肤。。。呸!

I am Singaporean X – Noblesse Oblige…NOT! December 13, 2006

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I came across someone’s interview with David Marshall not long ago. And what did our first Chief Minister say?

Noblesse oblige is dead. It’s no wonder that the term is more frequently referred to in the ironic sense today.

What’s ‘noblesse oblige’? It’s the concept that one who has the social position and ranking should act with the nobility which is expected of his standing.

Are we there today? Indeed, i would say that most of my MOE friends and myself do believe in a sense of noblesse oblige – as teachers, we will have to act and perform our duties with a nobility befitting our position. I do think this should apply to most 18-year-olds who have just left JC and are in the university/OCS now. To live according to such an ideal – to give as much as you get – seems so appealing, doesn’t it? If everyone practiced it, they’d be responsible parents/spouses/professionals/STATE LEADERS.

Everyone would put the society’s greater needs before them, and not their next pay rise or whatever. Instead, now we’re learning that worshipping the jade rice bowl is the most important. And to get the jade rice bowl, we work our asses off and all, but we see others with jade ride bowls which are filled with rice. In the end, we give up and go back to our own porcelain bowls, because if we buy jade rice bowls, we can’t afford rice anymore. So why does our leadership ask us why we are so apathetic?

Because deep down, all of us have a horrible suspicion that you all don’t love us so much anymore.

Make no mistake about it – i’d like money too. Of course, i’d want a car, a nice house for my wife and children, and enough money to give to my parents and in-laws when they retire. But we don’t have to be obscenely rich (like some people who are clamouring for more income) because isn’t this ‘anti-corruption’ scheme a type of corruption in itself? It’s not material corruption: it’s ideological poisoning. And what’s worse is although these people are so well-paid, what they do is not 100% in the interest of their charges.

I would like to believe that our leadership swore an oath to do their best for their people, and to discharge their responsibilities with utmost diligence and responsibility. But many of us don’t see it happening. Because today, ideology is dead. Pragmatism is what matters. The idea that a country could actually build a strong national identity, and be considered as ONE PEOPLE is dead because now economic growth is what comes first.

Sure, sure. No money also will starve. But if we do it out of love for my country, won’t we do our best? No, apparently not. Because although Singaporeans are working their asses off in Singapore, the Government decides to treat Singaporeans better by PENALISING foreigners. Why can’t they just give us more benefits instead? I do believe a part of ‘noblesse oblige’ includes making your charges feel that their efforts are recognised. No, instead, we can sit around with ang mohs at the kopitiam next time, eating the same mee siam mai hum. I thought that whatever you put in would be appreciated – even a regular thank you by some of our leadership would go a long way – but no, they only say that once every 5 years when they say ‘thank you for putting us back in power.’

Are we treated like individual humans? Or are we treated as revenue factories? I don’t know, and i don’t dare to say.

I am glad, however, that at least us commoners are more human. After a man threw himself in front of a train, we donated 600 grand to his family. The government however donated zilch. Now you know where they stand. They want our money, but not our problems.

I think the human race cannot survive much longer.

If You Studied Life Sciences Because You Wanted to Work at Biopolis… December 10, 2006

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Then you should read this.

The disclaimer is that although you shouldn’t end up selling drugs to crackpots in Aussie because it’s illegal. And, if you don’t like to feel very uncomfortable with what you’re studying right now, don’t read it.

However, if you are studying it because you love biology, then carry on…it’s always awesome to study something you like studying. (Although it may contain smelly parts like biostats – right, girlfriend?)

Sigh…kena swindled again. How many people are going to keep getting swindled? That’s the effect of politics when it’s used to influence education. Gahmen says Biotech is the Next Big Thing. Rush of students. Overflow in the market. Gahmen says something else is the Next Big Thing. Repeat cycle.

I am Singaporean IX – The Men in White December 7, 2006

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Have you ever heard of the Men in Black phenomena?

The Men in Black is something which UFO witnesses experience. These witnesses normally witness the visitors by people with strange mannerisms, (like trying to drink a Jell-O, walking unsteadily, et cetera) and are said to threaten the witnesses to silence. Somehow, these Men in Black know all about what the UFO witness has seen and they suggest that the witness better shut their mouths before something nasty happens.

There’s no such phenomenon in Singapore, but in Singapore got the Men in White.

They do some similar things to the Men in Black…for example, they are very adept at threatening people who say ‘wrong’ things into silence with defamation lawsuits. It is widely believed that they know who voted for who, which results in the asymmetrical upgrading in some GRCs. They also only show their faces on very special occasions to the population – for example, before, during and after the elections. Many parallels. The differences are that the Men in White can walk properly and are real humans (many suspect that the Men in Black aren’t.)

And these Men in White also happen to be amongst the best paid people in the world. Still, i read not long ago (with growing disgust) that the Gahmen feels that these Men in White are still lagging behind in terms of pay (although their pay packets are pegged to an undisclosed 6 professions.) In other words, despite having so much money which they can’t bring to the Underworld with them (or buy a back-door entrance to Heaven,) they still feel its not enough. Yeah, never mind that there are families who can’t put food on the table – let’s rise above that fact…after all welfare is a vulgarity in Singaporetalk remember.

Yes, you can foresee Old Lee saying at the next TV interview: ‘Read My Lips: No Welfare.’

Anyway, yes, coming back to topic – the astronomical pay of the Men in White. I wonder what they spend a million bucks a year on. Maybe they’re all actually saving up on a Space Holiday…which is like a company retreat, but it’s in space…so that they can draft up more lies reasons to justify the next tax hike, or how to fix the opposition convince the apathetic population that PAP is DA BOMB, or maybe choreographing the P65 hip-hop dance item, or maybe think up of how to properly cook mee siam mai hum.

And well, i wonder what 6 professions their pay packets are benchmarked to. Maybe ‘LKY’s salary in 1965’ for the small fish and ‘LKY’s salary in 2006’ for the biggest fish (like Little Lee.) And the rest are just arbitrary intermediate values so that you can have Men in White saying ‘oh i am a Minister Level 1’ and you’ll know he’s a small fish. Heh.

Let’s not forget why these Men in White are paid such huge amounts so that they can sit in parliament and echo discuss the PM’s policies and to let their elite daughters lambast people in the press. It’s to avoid corruption, so to speak, because in the interests of the public, we cannot have any personal gain in the way. Erm, yeah, sure. Have you ever taken a look from the other side?

In making us pay them more and more without consulting us, it just means that this is perhaps corruption in another form. Their personal loyalty to the party (in which they can discuss and discuss but eventually agree with what is said) is being bought by the huge sums of money they get.

Maybe Uncle Bush came to Singapore to find out how he could wring more money out of the Constitution!

Have we seen much results for all this amounts of moolah we are paying these people? Probably just another statistic, when little Lee announces that ‘Singapore has achieved x% growth in the 1st/2nd/3rd/4th quarter of the year.’ Yeah, yeah. So we got economic growth. But as the economy grows, how much of the money is coming to the people? With economic improvement comes more taxes, fare hikes, blabla.

Do they really think that we will be happy as long as we see improvement? We don’t just want to be shown that things are being done, like covering up our drains when we did perfectly fine without them, or a cosmetic facelift to a private housing estate (i think the people are rich enough to pay for renovations if they want,) like how almost everything is done for show…someone said he wanted to make Singapore an ‘open society’ during elections…and now internet laws on expression are going to be tightened.

Someone needs glasses for bad myopia. Bad, bad myopia.

In the meantime, i ask myself if the Men in White work for our welfare, or if they work for their paychecks. I agree that they should be paid well, but not overpaid. Each of them can do with 500k per annum, or less. I doubt that they will be corrupted because of that. After all, since the laws are so fast to crack down on the population when it comes to corruption, i don’t see why it cannot apply to the Men in White. Since they are so good at using laws to make us behave, why can’t they use laws to regulate themselves?

Are they above the law? Maybe that’s why Lady Justitia holds her scales and the swords, but is blind – it was suggested that she is blinded to ensure that everything is objective and that she cannot be fooled by what she perceives to see – but maybe here she’s blinded because justice here is blinded. She does not open her eyes to what is really happening.

Mein Ruh ist hin… December 7, 2006

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mein Ruh ist hin,
mein Herz ist schwer.
Ich finde sie nimmer
und nimmermehr.

I think its winter depression. I’m so tired. So unhappy. Feeling so unworthy. It’s so cold. I just wanna curl up and lie in bed. For 48 hours. For the rest of the year. Sigh.

I am Singaporen VIII – Meritocracy, Mai Hum December 4, 2006

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I was reading the States Straits Times today…seems Little Lee is talking about Meritocracy again. Speaking of ‘giving a child from a poor family every opportunity to get a good education,’ actually, i agree that they can do it. I just don’t agree with how they go about doing it. Because in Singapore, there are such things like independent institutes which charge you $200 a month for the prestige. For example, Raffles Institution. Or the Hwa Chong Institute (i’m so not sending my son there.) Yah…must pay big bucks to go in one lei!

SO, to enable these poor children to get a good education, Government gives handouts in terms of scholarships, bursaries et al to these children so they can go study at these good schools. Of course, this is sticking to the meritocracy part pretty strictly. But the side-effects of this education scheme is that these people eventually become eternally thankful to the Government (read: the PAP) and will vote for them forever, because ‘they helped Ah Seng go to university!’

Ok, that’s still not so bad. My point about this meritocracy thing is that we shouldn’t be only allowing poor children who DO WELL to get a good education, but we should start considering education as a basic human right. Is it that abhorrent to the heads of the powers that be?

I feel that little Lee will have much to say about this, saying that if education is a basic human right, everyone will have access to education, no one will see the need to do well, Singapore will sink back into the South China Sea or become another backwater haven for pirates. Therefore, education up to primary school is compulsory, but not beyond. And also an university education. They cost thousands a year and the government keeps implementing fee hikes…donno for what also. Because this involves one thing which is of paramount importance to any self-respecting Singaporean: the abolishment of rankings.>This obsession with rankings has its roots in meritocracy…in that Singaporeans aim to be first in everything, first in this, first in that. Last time in the school rankings…every school wants to do well…so every school will put its ranking above the students’ development. Is that education? Education should give rankings the finger and focus on what education is really about, namely, the students. That’s why in many schools, Literature has been more or less done away with because it’s difficult to score and therefore a liability for the rankings, or students are strongly encouraged (read: forced) to focus on what they learn at school and to drop other less important subjects like THIRD LANGUAGES. It’s not about personal development…it’s about the honour of the school and your junior batch’s half day off.This is meritocracy, in its purest, crudest form. Everyone puts rankings above everything else. Even at universities, (although there are precious little of them in Singapore) rankings are important. NUS goes about saying look we’re the 19th best university in the world…but still no one is coming. Only people from China, India and stuff who are dedicated to hardcore mugging (They probably have names like Ai Du Shu or something like that) and who spoil the markets by mugging and mugging and mugging without understanding. As long as the answer is correct (which is a big SNAFU mentality in the Singaporean education system) can already. This further powers the meritocracy cycle up because now these Singkees are pressurised to do well and stuff and it goes on and on and on and on ad infinitum.

No, Singapore, you can’t attract ang mohs to study in Singapore because in Europe, rankings are relatively unimportant. The student is most important, not financial gain or the gain of the whole. Call me selfish, but isn’t that what education is all about?! Fuck your stupid rankings, fuck this controlling of individual student development ‘for the school ranking.’ Competitiveness is relevant, even important. But NOT in education! I find it extremely unhealthy, to say the least. There’s no need for such competition at all! I mean, parents always scare their children so:

If you don’t study hard, you will not have a good future, cannot go to a top secondary school/top JC/top university, cannot get a good job, will end up sweeping the roads, etc.

I personally don’t know why they think like that, but they do. Even if it’s not necessarily true.

Now i quote further…

“In doing so, Mr Lee wants Singaporeans to stop expecting the Government to make things happen all the time.

‘If you see something not right, put it right. You see something you want to do, do it. Move. And if you succeed, good for you.’ ”

Okay, well done. If we see something not right, put it right. Great case-in-point is the Opposition. Especially Mister SDP (who i really suspect is a PAP mole sometimes) who tried to put the judicial system right and well…because it didn’t happen to agree with that Government’s viewpoint of ‘right’, they stepped in and put him behind bars. Therefore, how are we going to put something right which we perceive to be wrong, but you guys perceive to be right?

Lots of double standards here. Expecting initiative from us, but meek obediance when it comes to politics. Wanting to give the disadvantaged a shot at a good education, but insisting on rankings as a method of judgement, which gives these students the education which is good for the school, not for the students.

As far as i’m concerned, thankfully i’m not going to be teaching at a school where rankings are paramount. I’m kinda thankful i’m going to be working at a central (but very unimportant) language centre where students mainly drop out after sec 3 because daddy said that bio was more important or because your school carelessly oversaw the fact that you are actually good at german but weaker at a particular subject at school, say, HISTORY.

Yup, meritocracy, mai hum for me…i’d rather take it with a pinch of salt.

I am Singaporean VII – What Goes Around Comes Around December 3, 2006

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Time for some humour!

While walking down the street one day, an MP from the People’s Action Party (PAP) is tragically hit by a truck and killed. His soul arrives in Heaven and is met by St. Peter at the entrance.

Welcome to Heaven,” says St. Peter. “Before you settle in, it seems there is a problem. We seldom see a high official around these parts, you see, so we’re not sure what to do with you.”

No problem, just let me in,” says the MP.

“Well, I’d like to, but I have orders from higher up. What we’ll do is have you spend one day in Hell and one in Heaven. Then you can choose where to spend eternity.”

There’s no need! I want to be in Heaven,” says the MP.

“I’m sorry, but we have our rules.” And with that, St. Peter escorts him to the elevator, the doors open, and he rides the elevator down, down, down. When the doors open again, the MP finds himself in the middle of a beautiful green golf course. In the distance is a club, and standing in front of it are all his friends and other politicians who had worked with him.

Everyone is very happy and in formal dress. They run to greet him, and they reminisce about the good times they had while getting rich at the expense of the people. They play a friendly game of golf and then dine on lobster and caviar. Also present is the Devil, who is a very friendly guy who has a good time dancing and telling jokes. They are having such a good time that, before the MP realizes it, it is time to go. Everyone gives him a big hug and waves while the elevator rises. The elevator goes up, up, up, and the door reopens in Heaven where St. Peter is waiting for him.

So 24 hours pass with the MP joining a group of contented souls moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp and singing. They have a good time and, before he realizes it, the 24 hours have gone by, and St. Peter returns.

“Well, you’ve spent a day in Hell and another in Heaven. Now, you must choose where you want to spend eternity.”

He reflects for a minute and then answers, “Well, I would never would have thought it, I mean Heaven has been delightful, but I think I would be better satisfied in Hell.”

So Saint Peter escorts him to the elevator, and down, down, down he goes into Hell. Now, the doors of the elevator open, and he is in the middle of a barren land covered with waste and garbage. He sees all his friends dressed in rags, picking up the trash and putting it in black bags. And it’s hot, hot, hot, and the odor is just horrible. Sweltering hot. Hot and miserable. The Devil comes over to him and smoothly lays his arm around his shoulder.

I don’t understand,” stammers the MP. “The day before I was here, and there was a golf course and club, and we ate lobster and caviar and danced and had a great time. Now all there is is a wasteland full of garbage, and my friends look miserable.”

The Devil looks at the MP, smiles, and says, “Yesterday we were campaigning. Today you voted for us.”

Yah….we voted for them one…don’t forget sia…but it’s okay. What goes around, comes around.