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Nigerian spammers are smart storytellers with incorrect grammatical structures.

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>From Ms.Rose Juan,

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>Permit me to inform you of my desire of going into business relationship with you, My Name is Rose Juan, the only daughter and the only child of late Mr. Adams Juan, I am 20 years old girl ,My father was the Director of Gold and Cotton products exportation in Burkina Faso.

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>Before the death of my father on 18th Febuary 2007 my father told me that he deposited sum of (USD $950,000.00 Nine hundred and fifty Thousand U.S Dollars ) in a bank here in Burkina Faso,

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>He also made me to understand that it was because of his position that he was poisoned by Government associates while on a business trip to France with them and he instructed me to look for a foreign partner not from this country who will help me and transfer this money out of here and invest it for me, my purpose of contacting you is for you to help me and transfer the money into your account,

>I hope you will not betray the trust I have on you because this money is my only hope in life and you will also help me to relocate over to your country to continue my education while you will invest my own share of the money for me viably, I will compensate you with 35% of this money for your kind assistance My problem is not the money but is who will take care of me and my school,

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>I can assure you there is No Risk involve, the money is an inheritance from my late father I also secured the deposit documents of the fund with me.

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>I am waiting to hear from you.

>Yours Sincarelly

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>Ms. Rose Juan.

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From: Levy < doncan1@hotmail.fr >

Title: Dear Friend,Treat Ugent Business Transaction From Doncan Levy

To:

Date: Tuesday, 7 June, 2011, 5:18 AM

Dear Friend,Treat Ugent Business Transaction From Doncan Levy

Pls i want you to read this letter very carefully and i must apologize for barging this message into your mail box without any formal introduction due to the urgency and confidential of this issue and i know that this message will come to you as a surprise, Pls this is not a joke and i will not like you to joke with it.

I am Mr Doncan Levy A Manager in Bank of Africa (BOA) Ouagadougou , Burkina Faso. I Hoped that you will not expose or betray this trust and confident that i am about to establish with you for the mutual benefit of me and you.

I need your urgent assistance in transferring the sum of ($15)millions usd into your account within 7working banking days. This money has been dormant for years in our Bank without claim due to the owner of this fund died along with his entire family and supposed next of kin in an air crash since July 31st 2000. Pls go through the website (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/859479.stm )

I want our bank to release this funds to you as the nearest person to our deceased customer while i come over to your country to share this fund with you as soon as you confirm this fund into your account and ask me to come over.

I don’t want the money to go into our Bank treasure as an abandoned fund. So this is the reason why i contacted you so that our bank will release this money to you as the next of kin to the deceased customer. Please I would like you to keep this proposal as a top secret and delete it if you are not interesting.

Upon the receipt of your reply and indication of your capability, i will give you full details on how the business will be executed and also note that you will have 45% of the above mentioned sum if you agree to handle this business with me while 50% will be for me and 5% for any expenses that may arise on the process, Because i don’t want anyone here in our bank to know my involvement until you confirm this fund into your account and ask me to come over for the sharing as i indicated.

Am looking forward hearing from you immediately,

Thanks with my best regards

From Mr Doncan Levy

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FROM THE DESK OF MR.BENSON KOFFI

BILL AND EXCHANGE MANAGER,

AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK

OUAGADOUGOU, BURKINA FASO.

WEST AFRICA.

Dear Friend,

This message might meet you in utmost surprise, however,it’s due to my urgent need for foreign partner that made me to contact you for this transaction. I am a banker by profession from Burkina faso in west Africa and currently the bill and exchange manager of the bank.I have the opportunity of transferring the left over funds of ($15million) of one of my bank clients who died along with his entire family on 31 July 2000 in a plane crash.

You can confirm the genuineness of the deceased death by clicking on this web site :http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/859479.stm

Hence,i am inviting you for a business deal where this money can be shared between us in the ratio of 60/30 while 10% will be mapped out for expenses.If you agree to my business proposal.further details of the transfer will be forwarded to you as soon as i receive your return mail.

But before we proceed i will like you to promise me the below..

1.Are you sure you will not sit on this fund when transfered into your account?………………..

2. Are you sure you will be following my instruction as your introducer into this transaction?………………..

3.Are you sure you will keep this transaction your top secret since you know am still working in the same bank?………………………

4.Are you sure you are ready to assist me on

this?……………

Thanks and GOD bless you and your family at large have a great day.

Yours Brotherly,

Mr.Benson Koffi

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Now, here is the challenge: find as many grammatical and structural mistakes as possible either in the texts or in the pictures. This question will never appear in any school’s English monthly examinations. (except if the teachers wanted to)

 

 

The hidden world of Nigerian scammers, as investigated by ABC.

Which is why they could sing ‘I Could Chop Your Dollars!’ all aloud; a response and a ‘motivation’ for these scammers to retaliate, as they claimed, to American greed.

At last, how ABC 20/20 investigation team tried to crack down an attempt of scamming, and a personal testimony by the scammer afterwards.

Qaddafi, game over.

Muammar al-Qaddafi is never an easy man. And has never been easy, until the time NTC combatants seized his hometown of Sirte, Libya. There, Qaddafi – having had both his feet wounded by ricocheting bullets – was stripped, had his neck-length, black, frizzy hair tufted, had his body kicked by dozens of able-bodied heavily-armed fighters, and had his life finished off with bullets on his stomach, and in the long run, his partially defoliate head. After the ‘Brother of the Great Revolution’ died, his body was humiliated by being dragged by the combatants, as if he were simply a lifeless mannequin. That’s what the video contained as we were watching from the Breaking News in Metro TV on Thursday night. All I could only conclude was this: history repeats itself. Qaddafi was not the only dictator in the world whose life ended miserably, and – as some claimed – beastly. Benito Mussolini, for instance, had his life ended by being hung outside down together with his wife, and more miserably, both their bodies were pelted with rotten tomatoes by hundred thousands of angry masses, who had suffered immeasurably during his rule. Yet the most notable example was shown by Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI, who had their lives ended by decapitation over the guillotines, as watched by tens of thousands of toms, dicks, and harries.

If the world were a gargantuan political chess game, Qaddafi were both the player, and the defeated, as well. He had been check-mated by other more powerful ‘players’. What makes him come off second-best? This serves the answer as I suspect: oil. Libya is so well-off to have been endowed with 47 billion barrels of oil (its oil reserves are the 9th largest in the planet). If oil did not seem to exist in Libya, we would have never heard Qaddafi filling newspapers’ headlines on the whole world for more than 4 decades. We would have even never known what Libya really was. Only after Qaddafi bossed the global show of petrodollar-based geopolitics, Libya became one of the most prosperous countries in Africa (fourth after Seychelles, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon). Yet, aside of all achievements his regime had contributed to the economic development of Libya, he had also channelled much of his country’s oil weath to fund hundreds of armed, rebel movements worldwide, in order to fulfil his grandiose dreams of bringing to life a ‘globular-scale revolution’.

If oil – the main enzyme in making his mind-befuddling dreams work – were never in a place as barren as Libya, Qaddafi would have never been as visionary as we conceived. Perhaps there would have never been news of his staunch friendships with other dictators, for example, Jean Bedel-Bokassa of Central Africa, Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, Idi Amin of Uganda, Haile Meriam Mengistu of Ethiopia, and etc. His mind was so lost in the seductive power of the power itself, dreaming himself as the king of all kings of Africa, and his dreams of establishing United States of Africa, unifying the entire Arab, Muslim, and anti-Western spheres as his gigantic political engines against Western world. But yet, it’s what that became his own tragedy. He was too deeply obsessed with his power that he was willing to do anything – even if he had to let go his own children – to maintain his power. Furthermore, psychologists, after performing a series of investigations, concluded that dictators, indisputably including Qaddafi, suffered from mental illnesses. (for full information, click here: http://healthland.time.com/2011/05/26/the-psychology-of-dictatorship-why-gaddafi-clings-to-power/ )

Here is a full list of ‘sins’ he had made, in his 42 years of ruling Libya – and attempting to provoke a ‘global revolution’ – iron-handedly:

  1. He had waged war against Chad. The war lasted from 1978-1987 with more casualties on Libyan side (more than 7500 Libyan soldiers were killed during the belligerence, in contrast to 1000 in Chadian side). The reasons of the war: border dispute and the identities of the president Qaddafi considered as illegitimate; Francois Tombalbaye was a black African and a Christian.
  2. Janjaweed, the heavily-armed militia based in Darfur, Sudan, who had committed mass genocides which annihilated more than 300,000 lives for two decades, consisted primarily of combatants who were ex-fighters in Islamic Legion, a military organization formed by Qaddafi aimed to ‘Arabize’ the region.
  3. He trained and showed full support for Charles Taylor, then-President of Liberia now behind bars in International Criminal Court, and Foday Sankoh, leader of Sierra Leone’s Revolutionary United Front, while a civil war was taking place in Sierra Leone, a neighboring country, in which Taylor provided thousands of soldiers from Liberia to wage ‘scorched-earth campaign’ on the country. Qaddafi was even reported to have designed the ‘persecution schemes’ for the victims of the war, one of them being ‘the amputation of legs and feet of women, men, and children’, frequently reviewed and even monitored progress on the process. 50,000 people were killed in the war. He also fully supported Haile Meriam Mengistu of Ethiopia, who had conducted a mass genocide which took off more than 500,000 civilians and 150,000 intellects in 1978.
  4. One of his most true-hearted allies was Jean Bedel-Bokassa, a fellow, co-equal dictator. Bokassa even converted his faith to Islam (it lasted no more than 3 months, before he converted back to Catholicism, and happened back-and-forth) in order to ensure that Qaddafi went on supplying aids to the impoverished resources-rich country. In 2001, Qaddafi signed a 99-year contract with Ange-Felix Patasse, the ex-President of the country, in which Libyan corporations were able to exploit its mining resources, particularly uranium. The contract remained officially null-and-void after Patasse fled to Chad due to an ongoing civil war.
  5. Qaddafi established World Revolutionary Center, based in Benghazi, well-known as ‘the Harvard of the dictators and notorious warlords”. Many of the ‘graduates’ were known as the world’s most notorious dictators and leaders of armed rebel groups, for example, Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua, Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, FARC combatants of Colombia (rumor has it that FARC produces half of the world’s cocaine, and Qaddafi’s regime was reported to have supplied them with plentiful ground-to-air missiles), Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso (another leader proven to have dispatched troops and appropriated arms to Taylor and Sankoh’s soldiers during Sierra Leonese Civil War), and a long list to go on. Analysts and international organizations accused the school as having been producing ‘tyrants of the century’, who, rather than implement stability in Africa, had instead deteriorated the situation in the continent.
  6. Libya severed its relations with Pakistan in 1991. Reason: Pakistan’s prime minister, Navaz Sharif, refused to sell Qaddafi a nuclear bomb, and he snapped back at Sharif, accusing him ‘a corrupt politician’.
  7. Inspections from Chemical Weapons Convention in 2004 concluded that the country stored more than 20 tons of mustard gas the regime could harness in order to produce chemical weapons. All the chemicals were obliterated a few months later, under the assistance of US Government.
  8. Almost every Libyan diplomat in the whole world had been equipped with guns in order to anticipate any ‘opposition undertaking’ against anything symbolized with Libya. Climax: in April 1984, 11 demonstrators and 1 London policewoman, Yvonne Fletcher, were killed in a shooting spree by Libyan diplomats. All of the protestors were Libyan refugees seeking political asylum in United Kingdom. The killings were immediately ordered by Qaddafi himself.
  9. Under Qaddafi’s order, all the Libyan embassies and consulates opened up registration for any yearling willing to volunteer themselves in aiding Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) fighters. He also sponsored the 1972 Munich massacre, in which 12 Israeli athletes were mowed with bullets by Palestinian agents. More than 500 Palestinian soldiers also aided Libyan soldiers during Uganda-Tanzania War.
  10. 19 passengers waiting in El Al’s ticket counter (El Al is an Israeli airline company) died and 140 others were fatally wounded after two terrorist attacks carried out in Rome and Vienna airports. The attacks were carried out by Palestinians who had been funded by Qaddafi.
  11. He was the main financier of Irish Revolutionary Army (IRA) and even supplied heavy machine guns for the combatants. As quoted by Qaddafi, “the bombs which are convulsing Britain and breaking its spirit are the bombs of Libyan people. We have sent them to the Irish revolutionaries so that the British will pay the price for their past deeds“. For decades, IRA had caused severe maelstrom in Northern Ireland and almost 2000 Britons died.
  12. Qaddafi showed full support for three armed groups in Philippines: Moro Islamic Liberation Front, Abu Sayyaf, and New People’s Army. He even provided training camps and financial assistance for the partisans. All the three organizations have been constantly embroiled in armed hostilities against government’s military forces for more than 3 decades, which killed more than 100,000 people.
  13. Qaddafi funded many Europe-based terrorist organizations other than IRA, notably ETA (Basque rebel troops in Spain), Red Army Faction (a Marxist armed gang operating in many West German cities, primarily consisted of ex-Nazi officials), and Red Brigades (another Marxist terrorist organization, based in Italy, which has conducted bank robberies, assassinations, and kidnappings throughout 1970s and 1980s). He also paid tens of millions of dollars to Jorg Haider, leader of anti-Semitic and xenophobic Austrian Freedom Party.
  14. There were 2 parties in UK which had ‘quite close’ connection with Qaddafi: Workers Revolutionary Party and British National Party.
  15. In Southeast Asian and Pacific countries, Qaddafi provided millions of dollars in forms of financial assistance on OPM (Organisasi Papua Merdeka), which aims to form an independent state of West Papua. Vanuatu’s ruling party also rejoices in Qaddafi’s en masse monetary aids. He was also reported to have trained Australian Aborigines and Maoris in New Zealand to conduct guerrilla warfare against both the governments.
  16. Qaddafi had close acquaintanceship with Slobodan Milosevic, the ex-President of Yugoslavia, despite the fact that Milosevic was the main architect behind the Bosnian War (1992-1995), which killed more than 150,000 Bosnians.
  17. Libyan intelligence services were reported to have developed ‘intimate cooperation’ with CIA and M16 to provide them full information about Libyan dissidents. As a result, thousands of anti-Qaddafi Libyans worldwide were confidentially captured by Libyan agents who had been informed by both agencies, and many of them were subjected to ‘extraordinary rendition’ in Libya’s well-known ‘castles of persecution’, the most infamous being Abu Salim (rumor has it that more than 1200 Libyans were executed en masse in 1996 in this penitentiary).
  18. Perhaps the most notorious incident was 1988 Lockerbie bombing, in which more than 270 American passengers were killed after a Pan Am aeroplane was blown up by Qaddafi-trained agents while it was aboard above Lockerbie, Scotland. 16 years later, Libyan government agreed to compensate the families more than 3.5 billion dollars. Nevertheless, the convicted were welcomed as ‘heroes of the revolution’. The incident was Qaddafi’s most predacious retaliation after a brief US-led military attack on Libya following a West Berlin discotheque bombing by Libyan agents which killed 3 Americans and fatally wounded more than 200 others.
  19. Between 10 and 20 percent of Libyans (between 700,000 and almost 1,500,000) work under the surveillance of Qaddafi’s Revolutionary Committees, which indicates that all of their movements have been overseen by the committee members. Any single mistakes, no matter how small, are punishable by heavy sentences. Even a political conversation with a foreigner is punishable by 3 years behind bars. Criticism against the regime, even the slightest one, is punishable by capital sentence. This applies for all Libyans, even if they are overseas. Freedom of expression and free-flow information was severely restricted.
  20. Corruption was severe. Economy was heavily controlled by Qaddafi and his children. Although Libya is a prosperous country, unemployment percentage reached two digits. Rumor has it that the family has secured more than 80 billion dollars in assets, notably from oil & gas revenues.

Despite all the wrongdoings, it does not mean Qaddafi was entirely a mad dog. Or to be more precise, he was a three-quarter mad dog. His achievements have also been monumental, as seen from this list:

  1. Qaddafi had succeeded in unifying all Libyan tribes which often had tumultuous relationships against each other. Libya would have been a second Somalia if there were no strongmen like him to concatenate all the differences in his country.
  2. Libya managed to be a prosperous nation (for more than 40 years, oil production has stabilized at a rate of approximately 2 million barrels a day), with GDP per capita amounting to 11,000 US$. Hundred billion dollars have been poured into public projects, the most ambitious being Great Manmade River project, in which some parts of Libya were split over hundreds of kilometers in order to construct a gigantic aquifer to let water from the Mediterranean Seas flow into the excavated zones to fulfil agricultural demands.
  3. Age expectancy reached 77, only a year and a half less than that of United States. Libyans’ health standards are so far one of the highest in Africa, and in the world, altogether.
  4. Libyans enjoyed social welfare, obtained access to cheap public housing, garnered high health standards, and improved education. However, Libyan economy tended to be centralized, in which private businesses were almost entirely forbidden. As a result, between 50,000 and 100,000 well-educated intellects emigrated worldwide due to the monotonous economic system.
  5. There were ‘people’s supermarkets’, state-run workers-owned retail businesses in which Libyans could purchase all primary products at a very low cost. Which is why there was never, even a small famine, during Qaddafi’s rule.
  6. Poverty rates were head-over-heels low; this happened after Qaddafi introduced social stability to the societies. Almost all private businesses were taken over by workers’ committees, and they were provided high social benefits during his rule.
  7. Libyan companies had invested tens of billions of dollars in forms of financial assistance on many Third World countries, particularly those in Africa.

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The only thing that I barely understand is why United Nations is too ‘swift’ in responding to Qaddafi’s inhumane treatments of the protestors (fighter jets shot rampantly at the demonstrators, in which more than 1000 were killed), at the same time the institution had a very slow progress in responding to other genocides taking place in less resources-rich countries, the most humiliating being the mass genocides in Rwanda in 1994 and the Democratic Republic of the Congo from 1998 until 2003, which took off more than 1,000,000 and 5,500,000 lives, respectively. It seems like there is an unfair treatment being given by United Nations on each country, as I hypothesize.

And what will the future of Libya be without Qaddafi? The nation will face internal obstacles. This far, only Qaddafi who has successfully restored unity – though seems brittle – towards all the tribes in Libya. Rumor has it that there has been internal conflicts between tribes who were affiliated under National Transitional Council (NTC), and worse, some analysts had prepared their worst-case scenario: an inter-tribal conflict and continual retaliation efforts by Qaddafi loyalists would take place in the near future, which would further shatter efforts on rebuilding the already smashed-to-smithereens nation. Afterwards, a nightmare of second Somalia is waiting to take over. The ‘liberation operation’ conducted by NATO, if not anticipated swiftly, would end up a disaster, like the ones the whole world has seen taking place in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Qaddafi’s last minutes, as shown here (warning: this video contains extremely disturbing contents).

A hidden irony behind the inventor’s death

One of my friends in Facebook once posted a picture featuring a sombre comparison between a mammoth, world-changing mover-and-shaker like Steve Jobs with one starving kid in Sudan waiting to be swallowed by a vulture a few days ago. I clicked towards the image, and found out that more than 1,000 people – as of today, now it’s more than 4500 – had shared the pictures worldwide, irrespective of national or geographical borders. What astonished me the most was the message written below: one dies, million cry, million die, no one cries. To be honest, this conveyance had seemed to be like a large hammer knocking down my subconscious mind. The popularity of one man’s death could transgress that of one million.

I admit that Steve Jobs had been a miracle to our world. Through decades of persistence, resilience, and almost seemingly unsinkable gusto, he had built Apple from a garage into a world-changing conglomeration whose products had given endless hopes to millions of people. If there were no Steve Jobs (don’t forget Wozniak as well), the world would not have been as colorful as now it has been, millions of blind and deaf people worldwide (as Stevie Wonder quoted it) would not have lived a brand new world without the assistance of Apple’s inventions, music industry (as some musicians said) would not have ever revived into an entirely new stage, that is now known as digital music industry, and there would have been no Pixar, whose eye-popping, brightly-tinted animation movies have been seen by hundred million people worldwide. Steve Jobs’ inventions had spread like magic, beyond anyone’s expectations. The world has progressed rapidly through the introduction of firstly Macintosh, then iPod, Macbook, iPhone, and currently, iPad. Out of these products, there were still a pantheon of inventions Apple had contributed to the whole planet.

Nevertheless, that’s the source of the irony. And unfortunately, it is a fundamental weakness of us as humankind. One man’s popularity may exceed dozens of news headlines taking place on the world. Often when we had been hypnotized by someone’s fame, we began to forget there is something more important we should have known. At the same time Steve Jobs has passed away, some of us only began to realize that something that should be larger than it is coming off in other parts of the world. Starvation is happening in Somalia, where millions are struggling to stay alive amidst the hostilities between al-Shabaab combatants with government forces. The war in Libya has usurped more than 25,000 lives since NATO-led military invention in March. Few people know there was once a devastating genocide taking place in Rwanda which took off more than 1 million lives of the Tutsis and pro-peace Hutus. And still not many people know much about the reality.

One psychologist, Paul Slovic, once mentioned what he termed as ‘fundamental deficiency in our humanity’. Automatically, we have been programmed by our subconscious minds that we pay greater concern on one person than one thousand masses. This was proven after a series of psychiatric tests conducted by Slovic and his partners, one of which the participants were shown two statements, the former contained one statement written down ‘one child’, and the latter with ‘eight children’. Afterwards, the participants were given an option how much money they would like to donate after taking a brief look at these statements. In the end, most of the participants decided to ‘donate’ 11 dollars on this ‘one child’. What about these ‘eight tenderlings’? They only contributed 5 dollars each. Thus, another test was conducted. The participants were again shown posters, but this time, there were 3. The former showed one girl from Mali named Rokia, the latter was a statement with ‘hundred thousand kids in Africa are starving’ sign, and lastly, the other showed Rokia’s picture and the statement, all combined. In the long run, the participants were willing to donate 2.25 dollars for Rokia, but were only disposed to give away 1.15 dollars for these so-called ‘statistical lives’, and the individual amounts of money given only slightly improved after responding on the third poster, in which they bequeathed 1.40 dollars for Rokia and these children combined.

Slovic concluded, as quoted by one article I copied from bigthink.com, like this, “As the world watches but, insufficiently moved, fails to act to prevent mass starvation or stop genocides in Congo or Kosovo or Cambodia or so many more, who would not agree with such a lament. But as heartless as it seems to care more about the one than the many, it makes perfect sense in terms of human psychology. You are a person, not a number. You don’t see digits in the mirror, you see a face. And you don’t see a crowd. You see an individual. So you and I relate more powerfully to the reality of a single person than to the numbing faceless nameless lifeless abstraction of numbers. “Statistics,” as Slovic put it in a paper titled “Psychic Numbing and Genocide”, “are human beings with the tears dried off.”

What’s more, Slovic also pointed out that another ‘fundamental deficiency in our humankind’ is that we often respond ignorantly on calamities that have been taking place for many years, or decades. This is logically straightforward to explain, as of my perspective. We are often told that for every problem, there is a solution; as soon as there is a will, there is always a way to solve it. But so many things in the world have happened for a very long time, and there are too many matters to be solved. When we have attempted myriad times to solve a problem, but it turns out to be unchanged, or to a lesser extent, worse, the highest probability we would conduct is to leave this business alone, and let others accomplish it.

To sum up the note, let me pick up someone’s quote. Once Joseph Stalin, the all-time notorious-yet-respected leader of Soviet Union, said like this: one death is a tragedy. One million deaths is a statistic. Steve Jobs’ death has been one example; numerical figures, no matter how Cyclopian they are, do never have emotional power like one does. At this perspective, Stalin’s quote wins the debate.

 

 

 

 

 

For more understanding about human’s ‘fundamental flaw’, click here.

My dad talked about raising kids

16 years had already been tough for my parents to raise me – and 11 years – for my younger brother. It’s been the best of times. It’s been the worst of times. Much time had been squandered by my parents for the nourishment of their children, on both the best and the worst times. We had passed through the laughter, through the sadness, and through the indignation. There were times when they could share funny jokes, there were times when they could weep on the sly, and there were times when they would burst up in flaring emotion.

This night, while we were having dinner, while the TV was showing Liverpool and Everton football match (my younger brother, Dicky, is an avid fan of football), my dad had a brief discourse about it. About raising kids. It’s one of many summarizations of what my dad had experienced while raising us.

“Compared to raising children in your lifetime, giving birth is still much easier, like a piece of cake.” He spoke from the perspective of masculine side. I know there’s a logical fallacy in the end of the sentence. ‘Most of’ the men in the world only know if women would have to endure endless indisposition while they are in the process on bringing the ‘human would-bes’ into this absurd world, but never exactly know how the women endure with such pain (see, there’s an exception: a mad scientist in Japan whose name I’ve been oblivious with decided to have his body inserted with uterus, and gave birth to a child, only to know how painful it is to be in confinement). That’s where I was a bit surprised to hear my dad’s words, responding with a hodge-podge of aghastly surprise and confusion, “Really?”

“It’s also very easy to raise kids.” My dad went on. I was captured by my succinct razzle-dazzle when he added on some words, “only if you feed them from all what you have earned. Feeding them is always easy, but feeding them with true , dyed-on-the-wool education is an almost perfect shoal.”

While I was trying to dissociate the thin bones from the steamed grouper with my lip, he continued, “If you ever think raising kids is a piece of cake, the rest of your life will be filled with remorse. Just like what I’d ever told, if you only feed them without education, and you think you’ve been doing good by doing so, that is of no value to your kids, and yourself. It may be simply feeding them with food, either scrumptious or not scrumptious, or consummating every single postulate that they want. Unless you’re doing the teaching itself, that’s useless. Just take an example. See how many children in the world fight against each other for portions of inheritance by their deceased parents.”

Summing it up, there are many kinds of parents in the world. Some are labelled ‘tigers’; they tend to obtrude their own children against their will. At the same time, some are labelled ‘featherbedders’; they spoil their children too incessantly. Some are labelled ‘cold steel’; they have been used to giving a cold shoulder on their own children, behaving indifferently no matter what situations they are facing. Others are labelled ‘wishy-washy’; they are often faced with uneasy consideration while opting ways to educate them. And the rest are labelled ‘democrats’; I don’t think I have to illustrate about the concept of democracy anymore, must I?

There’s one question as a closing statement, and I don’t expect you to answer it, not until you have raised at least a child: what kind of parents, as has been described above, have you been?