Bangkok – An elephant stomped a man to death near a Buddhist ceremony venue in the presence of Thailand Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra Monday. The incident occurred in the morning, about 200 metres from where the prime minister was to offer alms to monks seated on the backs of elephants.
It happened after an unidentified man climbed onto a tree, located about 20 metres from where Yingluck would offer alms. When the police asked the man to climb down, he jumped onto the ground and began playing with one of the elephants.
The elephant grabbed the man with his trunk and hurled him on to the ground before stomping on his body. The man later died at the hospital.
Many of those who claim to be nature/animal lovers don’t really understand what nature and animals are all about. Nature doesn’t give a damn how you feel about things. Wild animals that have been trained or dressed up may appear “cute” to many people, but when they are just being themselves, they are anything but cute. It’s the same with tigers.
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When I was a secondary school student, my classmate LC approached Mr K a couple of days before a major test and asked for some “hints”. I’m not sure whether the “rigorously righteous” students today still do that, but back in those days, it was common and quite acceptable to ask a teacher for “hints” just before a test. It’s often done playfully, with little “bribes” being offered by the students every now and then. Sometimes, the teachers gave some helpful hints, but most of the time, we made an intelligent guess and studied what we thought would be tested.
On that day, LC got a interesting answer from Mr K. Mr K said that if LC had been a pretty girl, he might be able to help. We all knew it was a joke, but can you imagine what would have happened if Mr K’s reply were circulated in today’s social media? What if LC took it seriously and lodged a complaint against Mr K?
And a year before that when I was in Sec 2, I saw my PE teacher Mr W smoking at a hawker centre (smoking not banned back then) near my place. Can you imagine what would have happened with today’s technology in a “righteous” student’s hands? The video of the smoking PE teacher would have gone viral on YouTube and Mr W would have lost his job.
I kept a very low profile during my university days. I didn’t speak up much in class. For that, some lecturers thought I was not interested and like a few other classmates, I got “marked”. Yes, we had a terrible time and yet, we didn’t feel bitter about not being treated fairly. Some people in the class were very friendly to the lecturers. I’m not sure if they had any “hints” for tests, but because we had to go to lecturers very often for grading, the difference in treatment of the favoured students was quite obvious. Nevertheless, we didn’t make an issue out of it. I had my favourite recruits when I was training them in the army. Even parents may favour a particular child. Surely, lecturers would favour students who appear enthusiastic and involved. Yes, there was some indignation on our part, but we didn’t feel compelled to blow the whistle even when we saw some inappropriate teacher-student relationship.
Perhaps the only way we vented our frustrations was to write some nasty appraisals for some of the lecturers we didn’t like. But I’m very sure none of us would have wished that these folks be dismissed or even charged in court for being unfair or flirty. The important thing is, we all graduated. We have gotten over it and moved on in our careers. Water found it’s own level and the most favoured students are not necessarily the most successful today. Even if they were, we’re not envious as we’ve found our own happiness and realised that wealth and career aren’t everything.
Technology has turned us into a nation of whistle-blowers. It’s getting more and more difficult to rig a tender, favour our cronies or have flings with business associates. That’s not a bad thing – but there ought to be a limit somewhere. The whistle-blowing itself is good, but not the bloodthirsty remarks from “rigorously righteous” people on Facebook. The angry mobs in social media seem to show revenge and vindictiveness more than they show a true sense of justice.
Why? I think it shows that there are more and more unhappy people around. Whenever they feel like they’re in the doldrums, they scour around for some whistle to blow. The fire once started, the mobs move in to fan the flames. Why was he not fired/suspended? Why was she not exposed? Why were they not jailed longer? This guy deserves death.
Why do people derive so much pleasure from seeing others get shamed and punished? Perhaps seeing a successful person fall makes them feel better about their own lack of achievement. 适可而止.得饶人处且饶人. It does’t matter if you’re former DPP or district judge. Everyone is capable of mistakes and you won’t know when it’s your turn to need a bit of forgiveness.
You won’t find many gory pics on Peggy Heng’s blog yet, but our very own famous BJ blogger queen has just followed in Xiaxue’s footsteps. She has been sponsored by a cosmetic surgery clinic in Korea and she seemed to have done quite a few things to her face. Ouch!
That’s amazing courage shown by Peggy Heng. Not only did she dare go under the knife (without paying for it), she’s actually going to show us her day by day post-op pictures. If you dare to see, she dares to show.
Meanwhile, stay tuned to this space as I’ll be sharing
“My Journey as the first Singaporean Blogger Ambassador for Korea’s Item Plastic Surgery”
But most thrilling of all, Peggy Heng is actually shopping around Seoul in her bandages. I guess it’s a common sight in Korea.