My cousin just sent me an interesting link to blog about.
A blogger driving past the National Day Parade (NDP) area saw this banner. Singapore’s National Day falls on 9th August where most people will be happy to have a public holiday to rest. This year it falls on a Monday which means a long weekend and ironically most people will be taking the chance to have a holiday overseas.
I still can’t imagine that as a 6 year old I actually used to stand at attention in front of the TV each time the National Anthem was played and I would even say the pledge. Well at least for a while. I was not the only one. That’s how school conditioned us. It was an older era where we used to get whacked into submission – I mostly hated primary school for the mental and physical abuse. Actually, when I think about it, throughout school I actually felt proud singing the anthem. I also felt proud singing my school song. I guess there is something about group singing that rouses the stoniest of hearts – mine is as stony as it gets. I would love to be as patriotic as the Americans on the Fourth of July. I really would. I actually yearn for it and even envy their patriotism. All I know is that the day we get our freedom of speech I will bake a National Day Cake with icing and everything – and I can’t for the life of me, bake.
Anyway, I am still puzzled and shocked by the red banner. Is it for real? It just brings to mind what Gandhi said “An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind”.
Did anyone else see this? Read more at Chrome Plated Heart’s blog.