Gleanings from blogroll 2

My Gen Y friend Stillhaventfound shares his experience of his attempt to raise the dead. He is open and vulnerable in his sharing; he’s taking a risk at being called crazy, so please suspend judgment. Here are his Thoughts on raising the dead.

Dr Alex Tang reviews a book on the Jesuits (Society of Jesus) who view themselves as contemplatives in action. These are the commandos of the Roman Catholic Church, and Dr Tang adds his own twist by pluralizing the word “action” and explains why in Contemplative in actions.

Of course I welcome the idea of a liberal arts education and my friend Dr Tony Siew exults in the idea of a Yale-NUS Liberal Arts College. This idea is as late in coming to our shores, as church members who stroll into church just as the sermon begins.  Too many of our influential ministers and policymakers have an engineering background, and we have suffered some in our education system, social fabric and compassion for the needy as a result.

When it comes to social justice and involvement in public life, the Singapore church(or should I say the Protestant branch) is way behind in catching up with the Malaysian counterpart. The Malaysian church openly tells the government to Stop bullying the Orang Asli. By doing so they become a voice for the voiceless.

On a lighter note there are Gen Y who are have been meeting across denominational lines.  What do they get here that they do not get from their own church. Wonder what The weekly Tuesday group is all about?

On Malaysians staying overseas ( or will be) is a look at the shame hanging over the heads of “unpatriotic” Malaysians who move overseas instead of hanging in to fight the good fight. Sounds like the “stayers and quitters” issue raised during a national day rally speech by then PM Goh Chok Tong has raised its head across the Causeway. This problem would be solved, Alwyn, if Singapore just rejoin the Federation, in a land swap deal: you take our land and we take yours or maybe in a “one nation two systems”  deal for 99 years.

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  • People with engineering background are left-brained: highly logical, objective, detailed, systems oriented, and pragmatic. If they don’t have right-brainers and “feelers” to complement them, their pragmatism can lead to policies that while solving a problem, cause a lot of grief and social consequences. Case in point, is the systems engineers that worked on the education system and brought in streaming, and later ranking and what else….A more balanced team will be good for the whole country.

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