Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Keeping our Town clean

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Flickr acting up today and have been having trouble trying to post this.

I've been out delivering traps and the scarecrow this afternoon and while I was dropping off traps, I came across this message on the side of a bin centre. While it's a nice reminder, it also made me think.

Someone just showed me some photos taken in Ladakh, in Nepal the other day and there are signs by the side of the road. The signs though remind people to smile and to have a good day - it isn't a campaign to remind people to be polite or to smile a certain way for any reason. It's just to remind people not to forget certain things in life.

I also noted that in what we think of as a third world country, in every one of the photos with people in them, they were all smiling genuinely. I have to say the surroundings weren't particularly clean either.

It does make one ponder - maybe there are more important things that being 'clean' all the time.


Blogger vegancat said...

2006: In the recent New Economic Foundation's Happy Planet Index study of 178 countries (based on life expectancy, consumption levels and happiness", Singapore ended up at the bottom position in Asia.

10/1/07 10:31 PM  
Blogger vegancat said...

Between 2000 and 2004, there were 1,700 suicides. That’s 340 per year for 5 years. That’s almost one per day.

Taking available stats of countries in SE Asia, we are among the highest - HK, S’pore, Thailand, Philippines - per 100,000 population. In 2003, for example:

Country Male Female
S’pore 12.5 6.4
Hong Kong 16.7 9.8
Phil 2.5 1.7
Thai 5.6 2.4

The stats so far for singapore each year, per 100,000:

Year Male Female
1997: 14.3 8.0
2002: 11.4 7.6
2003: 12.5 6.4
2005: 11.4 7.6

10/1/07 10:33 PM  
Blogger vegancat said...

Now we know why we see mostly unhappy faces on the mrt, on the buses, in shopping centres, etc.

We are made to think that we will be happy when we have upgraded estates, "pest-free" eating places, cat-free HDB flats, cat-free gardens, etc.

Yet why are we still so "unhappy"?

10/1/07 10:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Many foreigners have remarked on how "clean" Singapore is - thanks mainly to the army of cleaners who clean up the mess left behind.
It would be nice if observers remark on how "happy" or "contented" or even "nice" the people of Singapore are.

11/1/07 6:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seriously i will be quite unhappy if i am in a dirty place....urgh. BUT it does not mean i would be happy in a clean environment too.

11/1/07 6:51 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I agree - Anonymous, it's not that Singaporeans are very clean but we have a lot of people to pick up after us.

Anonymous I agree with you too - I would be quite miserable if I was living in a dirty place, but you're right, cleanliness does not equal happiness. There are more important things in life to extol though I think than just keeping our town clean. I'm going to try and get the photo to scan and show you what the sign I saw was like!

11/1/07 7:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happiness is for free. Happiness is for you and me. If you are happy, you will not need drugs. Your cats will also be happy for you. Om Mani Padme Hum.

12/1/07 6:41 PM  

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