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The Limiting Reagent May 14, 2007

Posted by Ned Stark in Uncategorized.
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In chemistry we learn that the yield of a product from a chemical reaction is dependent on the limiting reagent. Likewise Singapore’s quest to  become a more open, dyanamic and caring society also faces several limiting reagents, most notably a certain writer who has been known to take a stand consistent with that of a fundamentalist.

As usual there are many loopholes in the writer’s argument, including and not limited to the renowned slippery slope; which is seen in this statement:

“If we, as a people, are unable to uphold good moral laws, including the Penal Code, then we will surely lose our next generation to perversion. ”

Of course there are also more nonsensical arguments. Especially the part about Singapore society being peaceful because of these draconian laws and the mysterious asian values which we hear so much but have never defined save in General Paper Essays. I thought the credit for the above should go to the Old Guard, including but not limited to Mr Lee Kuan Yew, Dr Toh Chin Chye, Mr S Rajaratnam etc. Furthermore someone should advert to this author that Canada, a country that is said to be more open than the USA, has not fallen into a “backward and morally regressive society”. More details can be found here. What this person has done is to lump art with pornography. Furthermore, lets take a journey back in history. Ideals such as democracy and other modern philosphies were bequeathed to us by men who lived in an era where people took part in games in the nude and homosexuality was practised. I dare say that Ancient Greece was in no way backward or morally regressive given those circumstances.

The regretable thing is as long as the Singapore government continues to gve in to the ridiculous and ill informed demands of the majority, Singapore society will then indeed become regressive and risk being left behind in the global nations. For the future of Singapore, her leaders must needs look beyond vague arguments of morality and instead have the courage and temerity to boldly go forward and break new ground. Thus can Singapore be able to thrive in the 21st Century.

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1. a very small animal - May 14, 2007

The fundamentalist’s letter is also defamatory.

Dr Michael Loh Toon Seng has already stated in his letter that he is not interested in phalluses; it is an issue of censorship for him.

George Lim Heng Chye’s letter insists that his letter demonstrates perversity, asserting that Dr. Michael Loh is interested in the phallus.

2. YCK - May 14, 2007

The regretable thing is as long as the Singapore government continues to gve in to the ridiculous and ill informed demands of the majority, Singapore society will then indeed become regressive and risk being left behind in the global nations.

Who is this majority? The fundamentalists? I also remember some chemistry from my JC days. It has something to do with dynamic equilibrium. Fundamentalists are part of the equation. When there are few of them, the faster they convert others to their cause. But when they are become a prominent feature, they see to their own demise. Think Agent Smith in The Matrix 🙂

Then of course there is a difference between pronography and art as Mr Wang has insisted. But I don’t know much about the difference between high and low art so cannot really add to such discussions. But happily I am outdone by some philistine.

The irony of it all is do the fundamentalists actually know what are the fundamentals they are upholding or what they rest on?

3. Ned Stark - May 14, 2007

Indeed they are part of the equilibrium, however at present the system is skewed in their favour and therefore there is no equilibrium.

4. YCK - May 15, 2007

Give it a chance. Give it time, stand back and see 🙂

Be hopeful. I still am.

There is a reason why despite their number and infulence, they might be unsatisfied and feel threatened, under seige. Be not like them.

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