Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Fool's sophy

Perhaps, what fooji said about me recently is true; it is the tea.

Perhaps, it is the average sleeping hours of 4 1/2 hours.

Perhaps, starring at taxation textbooks makes staring at a blank wall more worthwhile.

Perhaps, I should start writing fiction.

Perhaps, "there is no such thing as science v. philosophy after all, rather; science v. bad philosophy"

Perhaps, the whole point of my existence has finally come to play-
"Police in Mexico City, one of the most crime-ridden capitals in the world, have been told they must read at least one book a month or forfeit promotion. The mayor of the district where the scheme is being implemented believes that it will improve their work. There is a popular conception that Mexican police are corrupt, incompetent and lazy. Mayor Luis Sanchez believes he can fight low standards in the force by encouraging higher levels of literacy.

Along with guns, bullet-proof vests and handcuffs, police in the district of Nezahualcoyotl will now have to take a book with them. If they do not read at least one a month, they lose their chance of being promoted.

The list of recommended titles includes such literary classics as Don Quixote, The Labyrinth of Solitude by Octavio Paz, and, on a lighter note, The Little Prince.

There is no chance of anyone getting away without doing the reading.
The policemen will be regularly tested to make sure they have read the books they name". Read: full article

Perhaps, I should just pack my bags to Mexico and become a policeman.

Or a painter.

Frida Kahlo to be exact.


Blogger fooji said...

hey, I'll join you...but then again, probably I'll drown in the sea of your intellectual outbursts...haha!!!

your philosophy a bit too deep for this tauke la...

7:21 PM  
Blogger tehtarik said...

Great! Suddenly have this brilliant idea of joining 'forces' with you to open a warung stall in Mexico.You as 'pembakar' ikan and I as pembancuh teh, how about that? Don Quixote-reading policemen by day, tauke warung and pembancuh teh by night, what say you? :) is the tea, it is definitely the tea.

9:11 PM  
Anonymous jacky chan said...

How I wish our government would require more stringency in hiring people to the public services. Of course the lackadaisical of many people towards the public sector is one thing, but quality should not be compromised. It's not about getting them to read AFTER employment, but setting the culture of reading in society at large. Those elementery books, i don't think many university students have even heard of them. Shame on our nation! Let my people read!

On the other hand, we should make tauke and the other book-less fellows our slaves...hahahahaha...joking (tauke has probably read DonQuixote a hundred time over).

Now, give me Le Petit Prince *grin*


7:37 PM  
Blogger musafir said...


Interesting. Here in Northern California (near San Francisco) I,too,
wrote about the same item! Found your site by following the Next Blog link.

6:59 AM  

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