Tuesday, September 14, 2010

An artiste's reflection of the world he lives in now

Mirror: greatest invention of man
As an artiste, you need to stop sometimes and take at the world you're living in now. I mean the real world, not just the acting world. You need to realize the effect you could have through your work. Not only as artistes, but other occupations too can have an impact in their surrounding world. Like the past long holidays, it really gives me time to reflect this.

The fighting is actually a cry for help
Fighting for rights and for race is an old, old call that never ceased to lower its volume in Malaysia, even now. Racism is real in our country, where you can actually witness the general public for example, who only sticks with their particular group. I cannot blame this kind of phenomena, and to be honest I've been a victim of theft and tricked by the other races before, so it's human to be among your own, because that way you feel safe in going on your everyday life.

Stereotypying is easy because you don't use your brain (& don't read)
2 book titles relevant to this entry
Protecting rights should always be because you are a human being, not superficial like your race. To understand racism, you have to lower your thought level to the lowest common denominators, touching on stereotypes. For example: it is generally agreed that all Chinese are hardworking and therefore must earn more money. This sort of flimsy example always hinges on the comparison factor, which is again superficial. Since I am partly Chinese, I am definitely not rich (I still have to berjimat & save every penny I could like everyone else) and definitely not as hardworking as I should be. (though some people think I've become rich overnight after starring in a local commercial)

Malaysians are smarter than they look, but if only...
When comparison becomes unsatisfactory, then the blame game began. That's what we usually see in the local newspapers between politicians and their games. You know, Malaysians are smarter than they look. Some people may say Malaysians are the worst or some kinds of negative remarks, but I think there's only ONE thing we miss. And that is to be honest with ourselves. And why can't we be honest with ourselves? Fear.

The greatest human invention of all - the mirror
Fear truly has a way to limit us in all ways. Fear of what others may say. Fear of becoming unpopular. That's why nowadays so many Malaysians are facing their laptops and chatting. I received so many anonymous comments being posted in my blog. What happen to being the real you? Too fearful to be yourself? The real question again is: are all these fears real? Actually, we need to do a very simple task of taking a mirror and reflect ourselves. Something rarely done, but an extremely important task if we were to take the next step towards a first-world country.

Newsweek choice: Finland
Best in Education
Look at Finland! A truly great surprise to see such an "unpopular" country to make it to the top of the list. It is no surprise that this country surpasses other more well-known countries like USA and Japan in terms of quality of life. To quote from Newsweek "Warren Buffett likes to say that anything good that’s ever happened to him can be traced back to the fact that he was born in the right country—America—at the right time. And it’s true: while remarkable individuals can be found in any nation on earth, certain countries give their citizens much greater opportunity to succeed than others at certain points in time."

Freedom to pursue well-being fairly
Now Newsweek listed this factors in how they determine the best countries to live in: education (Finland), health (Japan), quality of life (Norway), economic dynamism (Singapore), and political environment (Sweden).  Or click at this link for full story: http://www.newsweek.com/feature/2010/the-world-s-best-countries.html I'm sure my country is working very hard in all these areas. But to me, it's always helpful to refer to other countries and see how they managed. Personally for me, the factors listed by Newsweek can simply be condensed in this phrase "the freedom to pursue well-being fairly".

Superficiality is making us all cry for help quietly
A recent survey stated that over 60% of Malaysians prefer to be working in another country. I truly inderstand this sentiment, because so much of our country is focused on the superficial: your race, tradition, religion, infrastructure, the KLCC, MSC, status quo etc. All the while, our inner selves are malnourished, empty. We can all sing the songs of unity and chant to the anthem of harmony, but deep inside we all know something is missing.

Penny Wong
The only measurement of your advancement: Skills
Isn't it time we nourish our inner well-being and look beyond just the superficial? Shouldn't we stop being low confidence, condemn every little bad thing and be ugly jealous about others? Read the book "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff". The inner human capability should be the only criteria in advancing ourselves, and not your superficial self like race or religion.  Look at Malaysian-born, Penny Wong being made Australia's Finance Minister. It's true when they say all the capable Malaysians go overseas.

The worst thing you can do to yourself is to be defined by superficial
Superficial means different thing to different countries. In US, superficial means how often you appear on TV. In Malaysia, superficial here refers more to your race and religion. It is the worst thing you can do to yourself because then you become your own worst enemy. For my aspiring Chinese artistes here, do not be intimidated or blindly submissive when you are acting or doing your production work. Take a hold of yourself and tell yourself you are deserving just as other talents from other races. For my aspiring Malay artistes here, do not let your race defines or limits to who you can become. Your work attitude can be just as great and professional as everyone else. In a nutshell, everyone can be the best they can be, if only we don't let the superficial gets in the way. Black or white, anyone?