If you haven't heard of Joseph Kony by now, you probably live in a cave.
Joseph Kony has been in the limelight of the news this week, and it all began with a well-done documentary.
The person who initiated this: Jason Russell
Crimes: Defy human rights, torture, rape and killing
I first heard about Joseph Kony during lunchtime with my colleagues, so I went back to work and found the video. While documentaries are common, I guess the success behind this video was how the editor had woven Jason Russell's story into the hard lives told by the Uganda people, as well as giving people the insight on how the government works on a very pragmatic basis.
This isn't your usual documentary that provides evidence and references, but one that portrays humanity on a whole new emotion level. It shows how a boy who saw his loved one died has no will to live, and how a clueless child has better sense and courage on what to do with villains.
People used to say that a school is a scaled down version of the society, and I think that it's pretty accurate.
Students are often helpless when they encounter bad teachers, those who pinpoint certain "bad children", making innocent students feel helpless. Then again, there are 40 students in a class, so is it true that nothing can be done about the teacher? The problem all began when everyone thinks that it's impossible to find a solution.
Students of the younger generations are relatively more courageous, and would sign petition or bring parents into the picture just to put pressure on the school.
It proves that having a bad teacher is not the end of the road. Although teachers are no longer as well-respected compared to years ago, it also goes to show that the new generations are evolving, and they are more open-minded.
Traditions and laws exist for valid reasons, but having our thinking limited by them causes our loss of ability to think. That's why we need the younger generations to bring new perspectives to the table and make changes from what we think isn't changeable.
In this whole process of Kony 2012 project going viral, I'm extremely proud of local youths.
Someone once said that if you take a look at what's trending on local Twitter, it's more often about entertainment than not. But in this past week, I've seen a lot about Joseph Kony on Twitter and my timeline.
It proves that the problem doesn't lie with youths not having interest in current affairs, but more of because adults never found the right way to communicate with them. Apparently this time around, someone found the key to our interest.
Adults have so much experiences in life, and may have gotten used to being numb. But as fearless youths, they have so much more dreams to change the world. Through this project, I've learnt a lot more about human.
The video made some people cry, but I was cool about watching it. Some people dry their tears and move on, but deep down it touched my nerves. How do I support them? What can we do? These questions made me learn about life from nothing once again.
A friend told me that while she pities the people, she doesn't think there's much we can do to help.
I doubt that that's the case.
If we do not help people simply because they are not in Singapore, then Singapore would never have extended a helping hand to disaster relief.
If we can surf the web for tabloid and find out more about how a Kpop star is involved in an accident, and want to leave a message wishing her well, I guess we have the answer to how we can help in the Kony 2012 project.
Singaporeans are too used to not speaking our minds, keeping everything within ourselves. Although this country appears to be peaceful and prospering, our foundation is actually vulnerable. All because we choose to believe that there's nothing worth fighting for.
Kony project wasn't always smooth-sailing. Jason met with the authorities but was denied attention, but he seeked alternatives to make thing work. Had he given up after his first attempt, there would not be the viral documentary we see today. There wouldn't be a video that attracted over 14 million views, there would not be that much youth support for a cause and there would not be any way to salvage what's left of those scarred young souls.
All changes begin with perseverance. Maybe that's one lesson locals should take back from this.
Let's take a look at how our perseverance changed lives-
Maybe if no one vandalised the NKF signboard, people may not realise the severity of the matter, and made charity transparent financially to the public.
Had there been no protests and complain, the government may not review the percentage of foreign talents here, nor see the problems people face on buying a flat.
If people didn't tell about M1 service disruption and DBS security breach, and how unhappy they were, there may not have been that much compensation.
Let's look out what silence took away from us-
We remained silent, and Chinatown lost its original charm.
Because of silence, price inflation of goods and transportation kept going, leaving people to suffer in silence.
As we continue to remain silent, dialect gets lost when they are not imparted to the younger generations, leaving us with communication barriers and generation gaps.
Just as we choose to remain silent, our TV programmes get worse by the day, with repeating or cliche storylines.
As we persist in remaining silent in support, local talents feel the need to prove themselves overseas before they feel accepted and cherished here.
Because of silence, students get increasingly heavy academic, CCA and life burdens, and can only suffer because no one knows what they are going through.
Everyone has the right to remain silent, but it's time to think-
Is silence golden, or would it bring about more harm and damage?
话说回Joseph Kony，得到官方的重视是成功的第一步。几万个人无法对付一个人，那一个世界联合对付一个人，胜算总是比较大吧？在没有切身的威胁下，请考虑支持Jason Russell的勇气。是时候让年轻人倡导新的蜕变了。
Back to the topic of Joseph Kony, getting the attention of the authorities is the first step to success. If thousands of victims cannot stand up against one person with no backings, shouldn't it be time for the whole world to stand up against him? Would there be a higher chance of winning? If supporting the cause doesn't cost us anything, please consider standing up and voicing your support this time around. It's time the youths learn to voice out and lead the changes.
Lastly, there's one type of people I really hate - the people who doubt anyone and everyone.
When the news of Kony 2012 spread, there was media report(s) questioning the motives of the Invisible Children.
Has Joseph Kony committed crime? Yeah.
Has Jason Russell brought the sufferings of the silent bunch to our attention? Yeah.
Grey areas often surface because some people choose to create unnecessary chaos.
So what if all of these end up as a scam? The world has gotten closer because of this cause, the outcome and motives are not the main points anymore. What's important is the spirit and upholding the so-called morals we have.
Just like the Huang Na incident years ago, many people felt cheated of their donations, but for those who donated out of pity for the girl who died too young, it was the thought that counts, more than how the money was used.