Thursday, February 24, 2011

Contagion Effect (Domino effect)

Was having a conversation with a friend regarding the new ippt(physical fitness test) system & how it further disadvantages the local reservists against foreigners in the workplace-20 remedial sessions if fail. He replied 'who cares since we(including me) pass already?'.

This led me to think about the short-sightedness of some people. A good philosphy to adopt is 'Everything is linked to everything else'. A good example is the subprime crisis started in America which spilled over to the rest of the world. In the globalised world we live in now it is even more connected.
“First they came for the Communists, but I was not a Communist so I did not speak out.
Then they came for the Socialists & the Trade Unionists, but I was neither, so I did not speak out.
Then they came for the Jews, but I was not a Jew so I did not speak out.
And when they came for me, there was no one left to speak out for me.” - Martin Niemoeller
Just because something does not affect us does not mean it would not affect us in some indirect way eventually. The factor of 'lag time' blinds many people as well by fooling them into thinking things are ok for the time being.

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