How Much The World Changed

Driving can tell you a lot about the society we live in these days. As I gave way to on-coming traffic on a narrow road this morning, I cannot help but to take notice of the reactions of the drivers on the opposite direction.

I remember that drivers used to be very courteous when I was growing up. Seated on the passenger seat, I noticed that my father will always lift his hand up as a gesture of gratitude whenever the other driver gave way. Whenever he couldn’t hold up his hand while driving, he will always ask the passenger seated next to him to show gratitude to the other driver.

Gone are the days when drivers are courteous. They zoom pass as though it is their birthright and you are required to give way – entitlement. The indicator is of no use these days because whenever you indicate to switch lanes on the road, not only will the drivers not slow down but they will press on the accelerator more to ensure you have a hard time getting onto the desired lane.

Reading one of the eulogies to a prominent public figure reminded me how much we forge friendships in the old days. The more technology advances and the more we see social networking medias thriving, it seemed as though the more disconnected we are with each other on the personal level. Do we use or abuse technology? Technology should be a tool for us to grow closer to each other instead of widening the distance or gap between us.

The world has changed but I can only hope it will be for the better…

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What’s Next?

I recently read an article about the brain drain situation which according to the author is getting from bad to worse. Like everything else, I believe there are two ways to look at the situation. The brain drain problem is always motivated by the saying “the grass is always greener on the other side”. I must concur and reaffirm that the grass is not only greener but they can be eaten as well.

The question then becomes, why can’t we make our own lawns greener?

To a certain extent I must agree that reading of such news makes me feel a little hopelessness. I do understand that we sometimes feel far more superior than others and tend to think that people or places are not worth our time.

So what happens when all talented people have left?

Firstly, I do not believe that the country will be totally wiped out of talented people. The only people that will never be wiped out ever, are the lazy people. That is when opportunity will arise. With so many talented people leaving, it only leave room for other talented people to rise to the occasion and step up with their valuable expertise.

There is always the silver lining in every difficult situation and every problem opens up an opportunity to find a better solution.

The only issue that remains is whether or not we want to rise to the challenge and take up the responsibility.