Saturday, June 11, 2011
Nothing is ever enough...
It's just a human trait that nothing you're endowed with is ever enough. You just keep on wanting more and more of it. The simplest example is, of course, money and wealth. The same with power, inflence, beauty, knowledge, love and sex. But it works the other way round in terms of the negative aspects. A little financial or property loss is already a disaster. A little pain or inconvenience is torture. A little disagreement with someone, and you hate or despise him (or her)! A lttle clumsiness on the part of someone is a faux pas.
Why are we human so prone to insatiety and hyperbolical tendency in expressing dissatisfaction. Especially when the former involves comparison with someone else and the latter involves a person we dislike. A lttle less of something becomes a great deprivation. Criticism quickly turns into vilification. All sense of proportion and fairness suddenly goes to the wind.
I think this tendency lies at the very root of societal and coomunal problems in a multiracial society like Malaysia. In the face of rapid economic development and tramsformation, hopes and expectations especially from the poorer group and level of society, swell like the rising tide. Nothing is enough to bring them at par with their richer and wealthier neighbors, not in a year or two anyway. Meanwhile the rich and wealthy will continue to amass more wealth while the poor lag further and futher behind, the heightened pace of economic development causing more dissatisfaction to the poor than satisfying them. The transformation to a high-income nation with the concomitent rise in cost of living, consumer prices , property prices, tax, rentals etc. will make the poorer lot more deprived and left behind.
As a result you suddenly have dissensions and protest movements all around the country as is happening in the Arab and east African nations. The government backed by the super-rich becomes beleaguered by the mass of dissatisfied citizens. Foreign powers which thrive on uprisings and revolutions in less than friendly developing nations, come in to help, and we have what becomes of Afghanistan, Iraq, and others yet to become like them. Just wait and see. The power that they have over resource-rich but poor and underdeveloped countries is never enough. Like the rich, they always want more and more.