Friday, June 11, 2010

I am extremely grateful to be living in Melaka, Malaysia today.
I say this with no political prejudice whatsoever, as I am able to enjoy much happiness and technological innovations which would have no doubt, brought countless minutes and hours of joy to my predecessors and brethren of just a generation ago, was it available to them, then.

I dare say, no man living in this age and time has any idea of the immense benefits of science and tech that has been showered upon us (if compared to the humdrum lives of our father's father -maybe 50-60 years ago)?

Reading back the archived pages of the S'pore NST (New Straits Times) of 1943 for example, gives stark comprehension to the reader of the immensity of our society's development (in all terms) within these pass 60 over years. 
First and foremost, life was only in BLACK and WHITE in print or otherwise. Does anyone today, imagine life without color?
Dull, isn't it?

Travel and its associated travails. 
Would any today, marvel at the types of personal transportation available to the general public and persons of means? I wonder, at what other point in human history was society able to move so many at so fast a speed?

Buses, Trains, Taxis regularly travel at speeds that were unfathomable just a generation ago. I was nicely dozing off recently in a Swedish made car that was travelling between 145km to 175km from Kuala Lumpur to Melaka driven by a 60 year old. It was an uncommonly steady and comfortable ride, I tell you.

The amount of new and fusion food that the current day chefs in restaurants all over the world make is enormously gratifying to jalan-jalan cari makan guys like me. Even in Melaka, the international offerings where food is concerned is mouth watering and vast. Just open any of the free, colorful adverts that is thrown into our doorsteps weekly and you will see what I mean. Walk into any of the 9 super/hyper markets in the city and your sense of smell and sight will automatically gravitate you towards the nearest eatery should you be hungry, all within affordable prices.

No comment needed here as Air Asia has managed to lower the cost of travel so much that visiting Guang Zhou in China (Rm 199) is like going to Ipoh 30 years ago. ( 7 hours from Melaka by the old roads). Even Malaysian Airlines is now forced to compete for that section of travelers with the slew of other budget airlines! Oh, Joy !

The world is the oyster for the fashionable and the fashion conscious. From Batik to Leather, what used to cost an arm and a leg is now, thanks to industrialization on offer or cheap sale. I could easily source a Samsonite Travelling bag capable of enclosing a whole week's supply of clothes for a measly RM 175.00 in Tochigi,Japan, or bid for any  antique wardrobe/clothes I desire through the open bids by any number of conservators in Greece and London ( !

Then there is the Granddaddy of all inventions-The Internet.
Suddenly with the internet the world and worldly knowledge seems nearer and achievable. With Skype, we don't even have a need for phone lines! Scanners, Photostatting & Printing are all available as household gadgets at very affordable prices. Even doing business from the home (SOHO) is now conceivable with the internet. Incredible. 
It boggles the mind what the next 30 years of technological advancement will bring us.

We seem to be an implausible people in a improbable universe and therein lies my 
conundrum. Of all the 6 billion people living in this world now how many truly understand and appreciate the wonder that our life and times provide us. I believe we mainly take for granted what we see and do not comprehend the gravity of our enjoyment.

Petty worries, emotional baggage of envy, lust and sloth trouble us just as it has for generations before even with all the wonderful toys life has available for us today.

Even as I write this , my handphone is blaring away loudly from the living room a selected piece of music that I personally selected and enjoy, and anyone who calls me can be assured of an answer without me needing to run to the phone as it is Wi Fi connected to me via an earphone. How whack is that?

Gratitude is the word and deed that is missing from our vocabulary and actions. We ignore at our peril this knowledge as resentment follows us easily when we do not receive what we think we deserve and the rest is one long fall into the valley of desolate despair and ruin as we blame everybody and everything else our troubles.  

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