Monday, October 30, 2006

Sunday Times Part 3 (29-10-06)

Sunday Times Part 3 (29-10-06)
Originally uploaded by dawnkua.

I was pleasantly surprised how many people take looking after their animals so seriously - and that people said they would not dump an ill animal. I also agree with living within your means and not overspending. I can understand having to save up for your parents or your family. I personally wouldn't put downpayment for a car over my cat though, but then I suppose it's different priorities for different people.


Anonymous orange said...

it is. actually, when i first saw the article yesterday, i presumptuously worried for lady teacher featured. i am afraid of people scolding her. from my personal experience, there are people who not only frowns upon, but thinks that people who spends on animals are terribly "not-right". i put up with sarcasm, "lectures" and harassment from my older colleagues because they feel that my values are all wrong and my work and sacrifices made for the strays are criminal. because there are many human beings out there that the money could be used to help instead. apparently, i know of another cat caretaker who was verbally abused by an educated young man specifically in that she was so wrong and terrible to help the cats when she could be donating her money to the needy children of singapore. that children are future leaders and cats are just beasts. he went on to scold my friend for being senseless with the opportunity costs involved. as for myself, my older colleagues have used the chinese word, 'chao kney' on me - which sounded totally abusive to me. so imagine the likes of these pro-human-only people that this lady teacher will have to face after this media-feature.

30/10/06 10:48 AM  
Blogger budak said...

The economist's concept of 'opportunity cost' could as well be applied across all areas of life such that virtually every activity or 'want' that is not 'essential' or 'profitable' is deemed unimportant. These people are just using the 'technical and therefore impressive-sounding' term to cover their treasured prejudices, using 'poor children' as an emotional scapegoat.

30/10/06 11:07 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I agree - how many people who say this actually donate their time and money to children/the elderly/ any of the causes they purported champion?

30/10/06 11:29 AM  
Blogger vegancat said...

To Orange, perhaps this scolding person can be directed to scolding other people who won't bat an eye to spending hundreds of dollars on a hair perm, thousands of dollars gobbling down flesh from endangerend animals that eventually exited from the other end, all looking the same, people who spend millions of dollars on personal jet. Instead of scolding others, ask this educated young man how what he has done for others and not what others have done.

30/10/06 12:15 PM  
Blogger koratmao said...

To orange and Vegancat,
I can fully empathise in your situations and views. Human-sufferings don't affect me as much as cats and I can't explain why. I'm constantly lectured by close friends and relatives on how much I went out to provide for my tabby.
I'm even planning to move out to a new apartment just for myself and my 'son' when my parents couldn't put up with cat danders in the flat.
I've even got to consider if my boyfriend[s] can accept and share this no.1 commitment of my life..a few past episodes already...." love me ,love my cat"..
When these people told me the cat's just an animal and in my dad's generation, they are only bred to keep rats at bay and can be slaughtered as exotic food sometimes....I'l go thru an exasperated time defining this 'animal's right as a living-thinking-being...when i nearly fainted out of panick trying to locate my 'missing' son, i knew he is with me for the whole of his life and i have the duty to make sure he's healthy and all cost.
Now whenever people try to treat my son with 'contempt', i just say: 'I'll rather have a cat than a baby, that's how much this animal meant to me!'
I may sound unauthordox, but nobody has the right to judge and again, really, I can't explain my compassion to cats and animals.

30/10/06 1:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Remember this Star Trek Movie in which an alien probe came to earth in the not so distant future. Probe wanted to speak with 2 members of the blue whale species which they deemed as highly evolved. Failure to do so would result in probe destroying Earth and humans which probe clearly did not regard as anything but a pest compared to whales. Panic ensured as whales were extinct by then and mission was set up to go back in time to get 2 whales back to the future to talk to the probe and to save us all.

I felt that the story was a good lesson to us to tell us how insignificant we are and how despite how we think we are masters of our planet, the truth might be far from that.

30/10/06 2:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are admired if you pay big money on designer bags/watches. In the papers, you constantly see girl/man surrounded by more shoes/bags/watches than they could possibly wear & their hugh walk-in closets. You spend money on yourself, it is good and right thing to do.
You spent money on cats, you are 'something wrong'.

30/10/06 3:30 PM  
Blogger vegancat said...

We are all born with different predilection. If we are able to learn lessons of compassion and generosity, then we "reap" intangible benefits of caring unconditionally of another being, no matter what form the other being is.
As Mother Teresa said, we all can't do great things, but we do small things with great love.

Many people go through lives loving only themselves. That's sad.

31/10/06 12:10 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Yes - and sometimes that's why they fill their lives with 'things'.

31/10/06 12:11 AM  

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