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Whatever's cool with me...

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Benefits/needs of the many versus the whims and wants of the few....



Spock: Don't grieve, Admiral. It is logical. The needs of the many outweigh...
Kirk: ...the needs of the few
It's been a while since I last wrote an entry which describes my particular opinion on any particular issue. I've mentioned on my blog description that I shall not touch the subject of religion nor politics, and for that I shall be meticulous about the subjects that I shall rant about. I have no intentions to make this blog a controversial one....nor to receive a busload of unwanted criticisms/negative comments on the stuffs that I write. After all, this is supposed to be fun...writing on 'safe' subjects that everyone can comprehend and read. Right, on to the jizz of the article.....
I think it's sufficient for me to generalize on the issue (without zooming into any particular ones) which I would like to highlight over here. Even by doing so, I think that most intellectual bloggers/readers will be able to grasp the issue and come to their own conclusion. I was told by my wife that a friend of hers had written a controversial entry on her blog on a particular current world issue.....and for that, she had received flaks from all kind of people via negative comments on her blog. Though some praised her for raising such an issue and for being stern in choosing her stance, it was kinda annoying reading those 'negative ones' and it made me wonder whether those disgruntled people really did their homework aka thinking outside their box (brain matter) or looking at things on a bigger picture.
The picture above is a scene from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (which happens to be one of my favourite sci-fi installment as well). It was a scene where Spock diligently sacrificed himself relentlessly by going into a radiation-contaminated room to save The Enterprise from a certain doom. In his dying breath, he uttered those memorable movie lines. Coming back to the argument raised by the poor blogger mentioned above....she had called for an end to the boycott of certain products from a certain country by a certain group of consumers; in view of that these would not create the mass results that these group of people hoped for.
My view is simple. I'm not trying to take sides nor trying to make right of what is wrong. Sure, a mass boycott will lead to a demise of a particular product/brand, hence leading to the the decline of the profits of a particular organization in a particular country...eventually....IN THEORY. But think of the wheel of employment. In Layman terms (aka bahasa yang difahami manusia biasa/ sejagat), what if a particular 'boycotted' organization has already provided hundreds (possibly thousands) of employment to hundreds (thousands) of needy citizens (aka you and me)....say in the Asian region? Would these people have to let their steady source of income go in favour of those minorities who called for the products/brands that their employers produce? Would they have to endure the headache of finding other means of feeding their family?
Truthfully, I do feel that most concerned citizens of the world are calling for an end to this particular conflict....hence some may feel that the boycotting of the products/goods from organizations that originate from the country that is deemed to be endorsing the whole episode will make a difference. But pause for a moment.....think....think again....and then dwell in your deep thoughts......come to a rational conclusion. Read those memorable movie lines above again........
Well, these are my two-cents' worth.......feel free to derive your own judgements and conclusions. All I can say is that....Mr Spock was right. Logically.

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2 Comments:

undomiel84 said...

william shatner from this franchise kan??? u know what..i have that feeling also about all these hullabaloos of boycotting some countries products. Its not gonna work because a lot of Malaysians are being employed by these companies; and in addition to that, we are all already assimilated with those products. Already blended to the culture here. It's hard

The Rebel said...

Yup, Will Shatner himself...

That's my point exactly too!