Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Happy 53rd Merdeka Malaysia !

Language is a funny thing. It allows you the privilege to consider new ideas based upon the structural formulations of that languages' grammar and words construction and it also allows some individuals minds to be limited or expanded by the words and language within which the concepts resides and is used. 

Many men and women of note (or those who wants to be noted) with great ideas often tabulate and present their ideas upon the unsuspecting masses as a new ideology using the gift of language and explain it away using the emotional attachments/ linkage words and structure to give the ideas and concepts weight and gravity.

As a simple example,the area where the most striking evidence for the influence of language on  patterns of thought is the language of describing space to another person — how we describe the orientation of the world around us. Suppose you want to give someone directions to get to your house. You might say: “After the traffic lights, take the first left, then the second right, and then you’ll see a white house in front of you. Our door is on the right.” But in theory, you could also say: “After the traffic lights, drive north, and then on the second crossing drive east, and you’ll see a white house directly to the east. Ours is the southern door.” 
These two sets of directions may describe the same route, but they rely on different systems of coordinates.
The first uses egocentric coordinates, which depend on our own bodies: a left-right axis and a front-back axis relative to it. 
The second system uses fixed geographic directions, which do not rotate with us wherever we turn.

In my life and experiences, the dreams I have are in this language you are now reading although my mother tongue should be Chinese and Tamil (Father's side); and ideally the 13 years of National School tutelage should nationally make it be Malay, but somehow or rather it stuck on me that I should find expression best in this language.

How that differentiates me in thinking and thus manner from the usual brethren of my country is often a predicament that over the years has crossed both sides of the emotive chart as people I encounter often peg me in their respective minds as either one of them or not one of them which often results in ridiculous situations arising out of these assumptions.
Now imagine in a country of 26 million different people and beliefs with different levels of language usage and understanding how this reactions can/would inflame the fragile ego's of the various individuals and communities; though nonetheless,  on a different outlook,this represents (to me at least) the remarkable adaptability and forgiving nature of our sociological  make up and structure whereby the not familiar is still accepted and allowed to grow & prosper in peace !

Left unchecked though, once these fears are entertained, and is fueled by the various egregious  actions and reactions, over time, the subliminal parochial language patterns (name calling, racial slurs,etc) and it's connotations of these various communities fears would have imposed on impressionable young minds, either by society or parents; a unreasonable view of their own individual & immediate woes and problems which would be later tinged with a racial platform.
Eventually these little observed intolerances would lead those with a different mother tongue to see the animated world through lenses tinted with associations and emotional responses that are always racially conceived. 

These would gradually grow into differences of opinion when the two separated worlds of either Tamil,Chinese,Malay & English language speaker later meet and engage with each other. 
Which makes the current peace and stability this country has preserved, practices and makes customary amongst its people of all races, customs and religion; all the more precious, remarkable and worthwhile to cherish after.

Even though our country’s individual; cultural and ideological  stances are many and could often grate the others in ways we cannot always identify; Malaysians  as a whole have accept this difference as part and parcel of our culture within this country.

This heritage of our fore fathers are the cultural and sociological treasures that we must never unlearn nor choose to disregard, for we do it at the peril of ourselves and of our loved ones future.
Happy  53rd Merdeka Malaysia !

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