“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” Dalai Lama
Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.
– Daniel Patrick Moynihan
“If you play it safe in life you’ve decided that you don’t want to grow any more.”
— Shirley Hufstedler
“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”
— Friedrich Nietzsche
You would think that the news cycle has moved on over the Easter weekend. But guess what, people are still writing about the United incident.
you must be in some deep hole if you had not read or even hear about this.
This incident just reaffirmed my point about how damaged the Internet is and why we don’t deserve nice things. Of course, this is broadly generalised.
The thing is this; I don’t blame the officer who dragged the passenger off. I don’t blame the crew. I don’t blame the airline. I don’t blame the poor doctor. Honestly, the whole thing in my perspective was just blown out of proportion simply because of the Internet and the speed of communication and news. It’s so easy to make judgement and comment so quickly. You don’t even need the whole story to start blaming someone.
I ask a lot of questions, and with this questions, I inevitably wonder why these people made these choices? First, let’s start with United themselves.
Someone must have screwed up. Well, someone must have messed up bad in their operation planning to need to fly four crew to someone else to prevent another flight from being cancelled. Now, this person who is probably panicking could have chosen a million way to get this four crew there, but well decided to bump someone off a boarding flight. This person must be beating himself up now. But well, no one cares about him.
So the flight crew messed up. Their convincing skills sucks and couldn’t get enough passenger to volunteer to take the next flight out. Well, that’s why they have to call airport security. Now, these guys screwed up big time! They got a job to do, and they got to fulfil it.
Then our “poor” doctor. He must have been subjected to horrible racism working in the US where Asians got no stand or say. So when he was selected to be bumped off, he screams the hell no. He struggles when grab, shouting no, offered to be killed, and get all bloody, so that he can stay on this flight. OH COME ON! Get real, if you are bumped, you are bumped. It’s your bloody choice to be as ass to struggle like a little boy, and now you want to sue the airlines? It’s like I can’t get my coke cause they only have zero left, and I refused such absurdity and started making myself difficult and when the enforcement come, decided that I am still the king of my seat and continue fighting.
Then, of course, there this group of people that is trying to prove the legality of the whole thing, citing United own terms, so on and so fore. Oh, and of course, the point that just because you are a “paying” customer, you have to right to everything.
I don’t know if it’s right for me to say this, but this generation is indeed entitled. Honestly, pretty much everyone in this generation who understands and knows how to abuse the Internet and whom so strongly believe in the freedom of speech vs. speaking responsibly.
At the end of the day, it’s all about choices.
A business can refuse and refund a rude customer. I am not saying that the doctor is rude here, but that’s a fact in life! We cannot expect everything always to go our way. We cannot deem ourselves as individual constantly deserving privileges, and most importantly, we cannot always expect special treatment. All the more, we cannot always be expecting special treatment just because we paid for it. And really, don’t bring racism into the picture of any argument from the onset, it just throws people off a constructive disagreement. Racism, sexism, discrimination, yes I know they are real, but I do think they are a topic for another day.
Yes, you use cash to exchange for a service or goods, and you expect them to come in good proper working order. Yes, it’s alright to be frustrated and maybe angry if things don’t work out the way you expected it to. But, No, the Internet is NOT the solution to solving your problem. Your representative in the government is NOT your solution to your problem.
Either way, me think we are pretty screwed.
my gf just tell me she cost only $26
and proceed to send me this link.
We are past 1/102 of 2017. And here I am! Happy New Year!
Well, what do they say? It’s never too late!
2016 have been a good year. I decided to be conservative and not go with “great”, cause there’s always room for improvement. But I think most importantly 2016 have been a very important year for me personally.
I went for a holiday. Two holidays to be more precise, and if you know me well, that’s something to be recorded in the memoir.
It may not seem like so, but I regained my confidence and belief in things. And I guess it’s why things started working out for me. It also taught me to give, and while still think that I am not giving enough, I need to be in better control of my thoughts and emotions, so that I do not give beyond my real means.
I read a quote today, which prompt me to be here.
“Work should be in order to live. We don’t live in order to work. That shift in awareness is necessary.”
— Matthew Fox
It triggered something in me, and I realised I had been slowly making this shift in awareness, that we work to live. 2017 started pretty rocky for me, or rather, it was just a tsunami. Came straight in my face and whack, almost like it’s afraid I wouldn’t notice its arrival.
Every year, there’s always new stuff to look forward to, new experience, and renewed emotions. Looking forward to how the rest of 101/102 is going to be.
Life is such an adventure! till then~
Be willing to fail.
Let yourself fail.
Fail in the way and the place where you would want to fail.
Fail, pick yourself up and fail again.
Because without this struggle, what is your success anyway?
there can’t be a better time for me to read this short story below.
A successful business man was growing old and knew it was time to choose a successor to take over the business.
Instead of choosing one of his Directors or his children, he decided to do something different. He called all the young executives in his company together.
He said, “It is time for me to step down and choose the next CEO. I have decided to choose one of you..”
The young executives were Shocked, but the boss continued. “I am going to give each one of you a SEED today – one very special SEED… I want you to plant the seed, water it, and come back here one year from today with what you have grown from the seed I have given you. I will then judge the plants that you bring, and the one I choose will be the next CEO.”
One man, named Jim, was there that day and he, like the others, received a seed. He went home and excitedly, told his wife the story. She helped him get a pot, soil and compost and he planted the seed. Everyday, he would water it and watch to see if it had grown. After about three weeks, some of the other executives began to talk about their seeds and the plants that were beginning to grow.
Jim kept checking his seed, but nothing ever grew.
Three weeks, four weeks, five weeks went by, still nothing.
By now, others were talking about their plants, but Jim didn’t have a plant and he felt like a failure.
Six months went by — still nothing in Jim’s pot. He just knew he had killed his seed. Everyone else had trees and tall plants, but he had nothing. Jim didn’t say anything to his colleagues, however.
He just kept watering and fertilizing the soil – He so wanted the seed to grow.
A year finally went by and all the young executives of the company brought their plants to the CEO for inspection.
Jim told his wife that he wasn’t going to take an empty pot. But she asked him to be honest about what happened. Jim felt sick to his stomach, it was going to be the most embarrassing moment of his life, but he knew his wife was right. He took his empty pot to the board room. When Jim arrived, he was amazed at the variety of plants grown by the other executives. They were beautiful — in all shapes and sizes. Jim put his empty pot on the floor and many of his colleagues laughed, a few felt sorry for him!
When the CEO arrived, he surveyed the room and greeted his young executives.
Jim just tried to hide in the back. “My, what great plants, trees, and flowers you have grown,” said the CEO. “Today one of you will be appointed the next CEO!”
All of a sudden, the CEO spotted Jim at the back of the room with his empty pot. He ordered the Financial Director to bring him to the front. Jim was terrified. He thought, “The CEO knows I’m a failure! Maybe he will have me fired!”
When Jim got to the front, the CEO asked him what had happened to his seed – Jim told him the story.
The CEO asked everyone to sit down except Jim. He looked at Jim, and then announced to the young executives, “Behold your next Chief Executive Officer!
His name is Jim!” Jim couldn’t believe it. Jim couldn’t even grow his seed.
“How could he be the new CEO?” the others said.
Then the CEO said, “One year ago today, I gave everyone in this room a seed. I told you to take the seed, plant it, water it, and bring it back to me today. But I gave you all boiled seeds; they were dead – it was not possible for them to grow.
All of you, except Jim, have brought me trees and plants and flowers. When you found that the seed would not grow, you substituted another seed for the one I gave you. Jim was the only one with the courage and honesty to bring me a pot with my seed in it. Therefore, he is the one who will be the new Chief Executive Officer!”
* If you plant honesty, you will reap trust
* If you plant goodness, you will reap friends
* If you plant humility, you will reap greatness
* If you plant perseverance, you will reap contentment
* If you plant consideration, you will reap perspective
* If you plant hard work, you will reap success
* If you plant forgiveness, you will reap reconciliation
* If you plant faith in God, you will reap a harvest
So, be careful what you plant now; it will determine what you will reap later.
“Whatever You Give To Life, Life Gives You Back”
I think I am going to make some changes in life.
The past many weeks have been hectic, and these coming weeks doesn’t seems to be getting better. There’s something not right, and now, it’s really about identifying what’s not and making them good.
just having too many random thoughts going through my tiny little mind.