Singaporeans are picky because they're so safe?
I spoke with a woman today who had some questions about getting her cats sterilised. She had been feeding the cats in her estate and she said she left food out for them. She said that even if they didn't eat the food, other animals would, whether they be ants or insects, who also needed to eat.
I told her that it wasn't a good idea - I explained the cats might be blamed, and so would the feeder for littering. She said that she didn't understand why people would begrudge some other living things a bit of food, and that she often went to the barbeque area in her condominium and it is filthy with dumped bottles and all manner of food just left there.
I explained to her this might be the case, but people would generally feel that they can leave rubbish around - someone else will come by and pick it up (even if in the meantime it does attract cockroaches, ants, etc). It's not their fault if cockroaches are attracted to the area. However I said if there is a cat being fed, it immediately becomes the cat's fault, even though clearly the cat cannot have gone out, bought the food and left it after there after eating. The cat clearly cannot pick up after itself.
She said she understood, but she said that as a foreigner (albeit one who has lived here for 7 years), she had to say one problem she feels is that Singapore is too safe. She said she used to live in South Africa, and other areas where people getting killed or seriously injured was not uncommon.
She said that Singapore's safety is one of the best things about it, but she said perhaps if there were real problems to worry about (personal safety for example), Singaporeans would expend less energy on small things like whether there is a cat being fed in a corner somewhere. She said that it tended, she felt, to make Singaporeans very picky about small issues because there basically isn't anything more serious to worry about.
I think she may be right - and it also goes to show that we're very lucky and we're not always grateful for how lucky we are.