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If you can’t run, walk – Billy, The Rhino

“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.” – Sapna( that is me ūüėÄ )

“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.” – My neighbour

“You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother.” –¬†My Pet Dog

What!! you don’t believe me!!? Sh&% I should have made a picture of them and shared them on Facebook then you would have liked them and shared them and increased my popularity quotient. Sigh! My bad.

Facebook is wonderful platform for everybody to express themselves. But we all don’t necessarily have anything to say on all topics. What do we do then is share something nice, witty, supremely interesting stuff by someone else. How often do we check if it is true?

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid” ¬†is commonly attributed to Einstein. But there is no evidence he said that.

‚ÄúI believe that every human has a finite amount of heartbeats. I don’t intend to waste any of mine running around doing exercises.‚ÄĚ is attributed to Neil Armstrong but he denies having said this or if he may have said he may be quoting someone else or telling people it is wrong.

‚ÄúLive as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.‚ÄĚ is attributed to Mahatma Gandhi. I doubt it was him who said that.

“If you’re not a liberal when you’re 25, you have no heart. If you’re not a conservative by the time you’re 35, you have no brain.” – Not Winston Churchill.

“Only the dead have seen the end of war” – Not Plato

“Everything that is done in the world is done by hope.‚ÄĚ – Not Martin Luther King Jr but the Protestant leader Martin Luther.

The advent of social media and blogging has¬†changed¬†the information landscape. Passive consumers have become active participants in the process. Consumers have also become the producers of knowledge based on their understanding. But how do you separate the good content from the bad content. This is not a new problem. People have always known to speak without adequate knowledge. Isn’t that how rumours spread?

People not checking out isn’t the issue here but the problem here the ease and the reach of the message being spread. With social media the new can spread so fast, that leaves you dazzled at times. And mind you these are not illiterate people staying away from civilizations who are guilty but includes cr√®me de la cr√®me of our society.

I remember the Singapore lokpal bill story went viral online during the Anna Hazare anti-corruption Movement. It said things like in Singapore people don’t pay taxes¬†and it spread like wild-fire. And mind you people in my friends list are mostly high-thinking individuals studying in the best of the Universities and have a high level of IQ.

My point is we need to take all this common wisdom with a grain of salt. Einstein, Gandhi, Voltaire, Plato, Benjamin Franklin, Armstrong were all great personalities, no doubt about it. But they may not have¬†necessarily said all that is good and sane in the world that is attributed to them on Facebook or any other social media for that matter. Unless of course, it cites the right sources. Plus it is logical fallacy: Just because Einstein said it doesn’t make it true. So beware when using these quotes to support your arguments.

“Trust not¬†everything¬†that is said on Facebook” – Me (seriously, that is exactly why I am saying it here on my blog ūüėČ )

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They have done it yet again! Not commenting upon Anna’s lokpriyata¬†but this one is our lokpriya butter for sure ūüėÄ

Annagiri, Singapore, Janlok Pal, Chaos, Mass Hysteria and the like

Ha finally! Though I refrained from posting on this topic for a long time, this one got the better of me. There is a post doing rounds on the FB page which reads

“In 1982, In Singapore,¬†LOKPAL¬†BILL¬†was implemented and 142 Corrupt Ministers & Officers were arrested in one single day.. Today Singapore has only 1% poor people & no taxes are paid by the people to the government, 92% Literacy Rate, Better Medical Facilities, Cheaper Prices, 90% Money is white & Only 1% Unemployment exists..

Re Post this if you want to live in a corruption free country.. Spread this like¬†FIRE..”

Wow!! all these people spreading fire. For Gods sake READ what you are posting. No taxes??? what goddamn country on earth (or even mars for that matter) does that? Has history any record of such a king, province, country?

And this from people who are on a quest to know the “TRUTH”. What is your definition of poor? From the official Singapore website the resident unemployment rate is 3.1%. And mind you the unemployment benefits in Singapore are very very low. To be poor is your own mistake in the state. Public welfare is looked down upon. And there is something called as demographics. Pls google it if you don’t understand what it means. And no single change can claim to get India into that league unless there is strong will in the top¬†bureaucrats as well as the people.Neither seem to have that in India. (Pls shouting slogans and¬†clicking on FB buttons does not count). There is something called as CPIB in Singapore though which fights against corruption. This comes under the¬†charge¬†of Singapore PM’s office.¬†It was set up in 1952 and not 1982 and there is no record of 142 arrests in a single day.

Like every other Indian, I was glad too when I heard about this movement, Anna and the Janlok Pal Bill the first time. I did support the cause but as things progressed and I looked into details the mass hysteria just doesn’t make sense to me. With all due respects to Anna, your methods are undemocratic! We know the current government’s sad state and we want¬†solutions¬†and not a new road to chaos. We want to remove corruption and not “remove the current corrupt so that new ones can take on the reins of corruption”. I am not cynical here just trying to be pragmatic. I know no single solution/law/method can be perfect and that is exactly why I don’t want one single entity taking over and trying to solve all our problems.

Even for a moment I assume the bill is justified and the blackmailing is required to get the current government move its a$$ and get working in this case, I don’t know what else will become¬†justified. If this is how things start getting done and this is the example we set we can’t even predict the results. It is going to be complete chaos. Lets have some method to our madness…

I want corruption removed too, want to contribute to society too and I¬†believe living in a democratic country entitles me to voice my opinion. Not allowing dissenting voices is not just undemocratic, it is arrogance. Your intent is noble but pls understand that change will be gradual and needs to happen at all levels and many more steps need to be taken to get there. There is no magic wand that can do away the curse of corruption on our country. But we are all empowered to bring about that change. Lets use the power and use it judiciously…