19 May 2009

I Don't Have The Heart


We have been following the local news at home lately. This is mostly due to the fact that Mr. B. wants to be updated on the development of that damned flu that was wrongly blamed to the pigs in Mexico. Mr. B. rarely watched the local news, he hardly watched anything local at home to be exact (except when D. wanted to watch his favorite talent program on weekends). TV for Mr. B. is for entertainment and not for harsh realities of life.

So what's in the news the last few days:

1. Department of Health Minister Yeh Ching-chuan being heckled by so-called "overseas students" at a dinner in Geneva, where he is attending the World Health Assembly (WHA).

2. The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) 24-hour sit-in protest on Ketagalan Boulevard in front of the Presidential Office.

3. President Ma Ying-jeou said Tuesday his measured approach to rival China has led to Taiwan's participation at a U.N. body for the first time in 38 years while not compromising Taiwan's sovereignty.

4. The two men, 68 and 67-year-old, hit by police car after participating in riot.

"Something is wrong with me," Mr. B. declared. "Why don't I care?"

Why indeed? To him, the hecklers should have been slapped hard in their faces, twice each, for putting the whole of Taiwan into shame under international media. To him, few thousands of people in a sit-up can hardly move one strand of the president's well-combed hair. To him, sovereignty is only understood by a small group of people who has intention to make more wealth without China's interferance. To him, the family of the 2 old men should be slapped hard for allowing them to participate in a public riot like that.

"I just can't find the heart to care about any of them or anything of the thing they are fighting for," said Mr. B.

Coming from someone who still shed a few tears watching videos of the People Power Revolution in the 1980's, it must mean something. Perhaps he never found it in him to care about the place he now calls his home.

"Mr. B., you are going to start some heated debate in my blog..." I said.

"You think so? You think people really do care?"

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