Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Dumb & Dumber

As a small time entrepreneur scavenging around for whatever leftover opportunities and adapting to whatever environment that has been dictated, using whatever resources that is available, I survived. I simply can not understand why there are so many grievances seeking unemployed graduates making all those irritating noises. If you can not find employment, why not take the initiative to be self employed ? Why behave like parasites ? Does society really owes them a living ? Sometimes, I do wonder what is the objectives of our education system. Judging by the qualities of these young entrants to the employment market, I do have the eerie feelings that somethings somewheres are not right in our education system.

In glorifying bolihism, or perhaps lack of self confidence, or even maybe due to inferiority complex, we equipped our universities and colleges with the best of equipments and reference resources. But, what objectives are we trying to achieve. To showcase to the world we can afford the latest and most advanced technologies ? Or perhaps hoping the "hardware" by itself can perform miracles to impart knowledges to these young men and women. Do we have the right capable human resources to deliver knowledges and guide these young men and women in their quest of knowledges ? Does our professors, lecturers, instructors, teachers, etc has the right academic qualifications and experiences from the qualified institutions.

In the first place, do these young men and women has the basic qualifications to be of university materials ? Or are they being send there to make up the numbers to seek political popularity ? If they are not qualified to be there, wouldn't it be kinder to send them to vocational schools to be equipped with employable skills ? What pride do we have when our economy are full of unemployable illiterate graduates making excessive demands to be welfared of ? Which investors in their right mind want to invest in a dumb, inefficient, and parasitic economy.

Never mind about problem solving skills, right mental attitude, or compatible technical skills, I have come across many University graduates who are not even able to write a ONE page report. Similarly, there are also many university graduates who are not to comprehend the simplest oral and written instruction. Sadly, not wanting to be an arrogant alarmist, I do think our educational institution are mass producing "illiterate" graduate. If university graduate can not read or comprehend, and can not write in the language of their choice, then they are illiterate and unemployable. Even if they managed to find employment, they will ultimately degrade the competitiveness of the organization that employed them. So as whole, the country will eventually become an uncompetitive economy.

Sometimes early this year, a local newspaper quoted and estimated that there are approximately 80,000 registered unemployed graduates. These graduates blamed the government for not doing enough to find them appropriate employment. The graduates has been spoon feds, and they are now accomplished rent seekers in a neutered economy ! A product of our managed meritorious system or could this be our unintended objectives of our education system ? There has been suggestion to retrain these unemployed graduates into businessmen to minimized social problems. My God, if we can not find enough employment opportunities for these graduates, how are we going to find and allocate enough business projects later for these 80,000 unemployed graduates turned rent seeking businessmen ? Wouldn't we have a bigger social and economic problems later ?

What is the goal of our education system ? At the end of the day, with a Degree or Diploma, rolled up, it feel good to have walked through that symbolic gate of higher education. But, Are we educated ? Are we learned ?

Our fathers' generations are hardworking and free spirited to work their sweats out to ensure our generations are well taken care of. We have had it easy for too long and are dumb enough not to capitalized on the effective economy to make it more efficient and competitive. Our generations think that resources are unlimited and it is our rights to adopt rent seeking mentalities. We are indeed a very retarded generations. I sincerely hoped our children's generations are not dumber enough to live like parasites to make the existing inefficient economy into a hopeless chaotic economy of emotional rhetorics and banana republicisms.

It is a scary world of future. Luckily I won't be here long enough to crossed into that future. The times will come, yes, the times will come. But most likely I will be in Nirvana very high up, looking down........ Everything is so perfect, isn't it ?

Come to think of it, I kind of like this song by Tears for Fear :

Welcome to your life
There’s no turning back
Even while we sleep
We will find you
Acting on your best behaviour
Turn your back on mother nature
Everybody wants to rule the world

It’s my own design
It’s my own remorse
Help me to decide
Help me make the most
Of freedom and of pleasure
Nothing ever lasts forever
Everybody wants to rule the world

There’s a room where the light won’t find you
Holding hands while the walls come tumbling down
When they do I’ll be right behind you

So glad we’ve almost made it
So sad they had to fade it
Everybody wants to rule the world

I can’t stand this indecision
Married with a lack of vision
Everybody wants to rule the world
Say that you’ll never never never never need it
One headline why believe it ?
Everybody wants to rule the world

All for freedom and for pleasure
Nothing ever lasts forever
Everybody wants to rule the world

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