Wiktionary defines the above Chinese proverb as this –
“Refuse to be convinced until one is faced with the grim reality; tenacious, resolute or pertinacious in one’s pursuit of a goal despite of obstacles or advice.”
“棺材” literally meant coffin. If one doesn’t see the coffin which is meant for him, he will never shed tears. The coffin must be physically shown to him and we tell that person that it is meant for him, then only the reality will set in. He now knows that his end is near. He is about to die soon. This is the grim reality and a fact he must accept.
Having accepted his impending or imminent end is here, he will start to shed tears. All those things he plans to do, those regrets he harbors are now too late to change. He did not make full use of the limited finite time he had.
“One must see the coffin then only one will shed tears” aptly describes the once mighty PAP govt. It is now in a sorry state.
Having read the recent debate in parliament and the so many blunders – one after another – made by members of the ruling party recently, I am of the opinion that their imminent demise is quite obvious. It is the beginning of their decay and downfall.
Just like the once mighty Tang Dynasty or the Roman Empire, the obvious symptoms are there for all to see if only you care to probe deeper. It is always the case throughout history. It is only a question of time – sooner or later only. Only time will tell.
If you are still not convinced, why not read the following articles written by local Singaporeans? They are critically sharp, insightful and astute on their observations.
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There are many more brilliant comments by local bloggers. You can always goggle to read more.
My favourite politician – descendant of the founder of Ming dynasty –Zhu Rongji famously said that “he has prepared 100 coffins. 99 for corrupt officials and 1 reserved for himself!” He knew that he might end up dead for his personal crusade against incompetent corrupt officials in communist China.
Now this is what we call real sacrifices even at the expense of losing his life against powerful forces despite working day and night everyday for more than 16 hours a day when he was Chinese Premier for 7 years – 3 yrs as Deputy and 4 yrs as Premier. He is the replica of another great statesman Zhou Enlai who really cared and sacrificed so much for the people.
Do we have such a great man here in our tiny little Red Dot? Maybe MP Chen SM is the answer to our present political conundrum? We should be grateful if he is the chosen one. We have had enough of “political fatigue!”
God help us. Amen !