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Tales of Mr. Tan IV – Religion Everywhere? November 15, 2007

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Mr. Tan, the thinker, read a newspaper article on how religion was not to be divorced from politics. He noted drily, ‘it is important to separate fact from fiction. How can it be that the Chinese word ‘船’ consisting of 8 mouths be a reference to Noah’s Ark? The symbol was there long before the story of Noah’s Ark was told.’ Amused, he noted too that the author notes that ‘religion promotes accomodation.’ If so, he made a big mistake in quoting a Chinese word in a Christian context – what happened then to history and the culture of the Chinese people before the missionaries arrived? Mr. Tan noted that such direct transfers of everyday happenings into Bible passages hinted at a disturbing phenomenon of fundamentalism, when religion is understood by the face value of the words and not the symbolism behind it – something which the author himself professes not to be.

Also, Mr. Tan noted drily the danger of merging religion and politics. He said, ‘politics must stay separate from religion because while politics involves the polis, the city and the people and thus affects every country and its inhabitants as a whole, religion involves the connection to a being which transcends the individual, a connection which can be described by a multitude of views, and where unity is almost impossible. He noted that in the Middle Ages, religion mixing with politics led to the fall of the Church and the Crusades – the mixture of politics and religion led to many atrocities being commited e nomino domini.

‘Furthermore, religion mixed with politics would cause problems – with a multitude of religions, people are forced to make an image of their God, because it’s the only way that they can express their convictions. With this concrete image, people compare – and that’s dangerous, because everyone believes their religion has the absolute truth,’ he mused.

Rain, and Nostalgia November 10, 2007

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It’s raining again in Trier. Been raining all week. And i’m listening to the GTA III soundtrack, looking back on days when i could bum around and drive through Liberty City on the computer, or drive through Singapore in real life. And here i am in Trier – cold, lonely, with the rain pattering on the windows, reminding you of its presence.

Sigh.

Bist du noch da? Sind wir uns vertraut? Hab ich dich verpasst, oder wartest du auf mich immer noch in den Schatten?

Well, i should just listen to Rise FM. You can’t beat trance!

Tales of Mr. Tan III – Inflation. November 7, 2007

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Mr. Tan, forced to stash his money away in a Central Provident Fund account with low guaranteed returns, was worried when he read about inflation rates.  He mused, ‘what will become of our returns when we finally see them? The government uses our money to invest in other countries and make themselves richer every elections, while we are forced to work into our greying years to prove that we are still ‘useful’ to society. Guaranteed returns only mean that we are guaranteed a particular sum, which may not mean anything in the future at all.’

A friend noted his concerns and asked what he would do, to which Mr. Tan replied drily, ‘what else CAN we do? Without the PAP and without opposition to government policies, our country has achieved this level of efficiency – Singapore is like a machine. I am still going to vote for them next elections, because this party is what made Singapore what she is, and i am not ready for the insecurity of another party in power. Haven’t you heard of LKY’s doomsday predictions if the PAP falls out of power? I trust that the PAP will know when it is time to change accordingly with the times.’