Yesterday was my off day. It’s quite rare that I got an off day. Usually I work on my off days and even continue with OT on my working days. With such low stagnant pay for more than 10 years and having to cope with the ever rising costs of living, I have to work virtually round the clock to earn extra. My colleagues used to say “meter must keep running lah!” They talk as if they are driving a taxi. Meter must keep running or else you are in deep shit – we got all kinds of bills and often summons to pay at end of the month you know?
Yesterday, I decided to bring my mother for a sumptuous lunch. I told her not to cook. I will bring her to Serangoon Road to admire the Deepavali decorations and we would lunch there. My younger brother tagged along. It was raining when we left Pasir Ris via the KPE exited Sims Ave, turned into Geylang Rd and off to Serangoon Rd.
Of course, my mother loves it. She always likes outings. It is one of those rare occasions where I’m not working and “my meter not running” that I would bring her out. Usually my other two brothers bring her out. Going out with me, my mother says is as good as strike 4-D! Alamak! What a langgar remark.
Just after we exited KPE stopping at the traffic lights junction about to make a right turn into Geyland Road, exactly opposite the Shell petrol kiosk on my left, I saw something that caught my eye. Yes, it is the same huge painting on the wall of a row of old pre-war shop houses with the wordings “百善孝为先！万恶淫为首！” The exact phrase is a replica found on the wall of Sim Lim Tower along Jln Besar which caused lots of controversy when it first surfaced. Now it is cloned here. I did blog about it here.
That is interesting. The question on my mind is that why this person would want to spend lots of money delivering this didactic message to the public. Since it is written in Chinese, only those who understand Chinese would understand – not all Chinese could read Chinese! That includes those PRCs of course. Who is that mysterious person? Is it an act of remorse or repentance? Did he suffer much misfortune and repented so much that he make it his mission to tell the whole world about the evils of lust, lasciviousness decadent that prompted him to spend so much money to broadcast this old Chinese didactic idiom to unsuspecting innocent minds?
Basically, the message is trying to tell us that filial piety is the highest order amongst the 100 virtues we know of. Out of the 100 virtues, filial piety is number 1. The next phrase says that out of the 10,000 sins, lust or lasciviousness decadent is the worse evil. That is a sombre message indeed. If you examine closely, there is a buddha image next to it. Obviously this person must be a buddhist also. Buddhist monks are celibate. They treat sex, lust, women and other earthly pleasures of the flesh as temporal and insignificant impermanence in this short life span.
Just for the sake of argument. If only every human on earth adheres strictly to this message “百善孝为先！万恶淫为首！”, do you think “ice cream queen” Cecilia the slutty cobra would have any chance to entice that itchy monkey and gave him four mindless blow jobs with a record breaking $640,000 price tag? What about those 44 itchy monkeys getting involved with a underage baby cobra ending up charged in court with their lives and careers ruined? Even some of our school teachers also could not escape this carnal pleasure of the flesh temptation and it’s addiction! The forbidden fruit is always there to tempt you if let down your guard! (or fly?)
This phrase also refers to the greed, avarice and mindless profits that lead to all the ills in society. The weak, wretched and dispossessed are relentlessly exploited by the rich and powerful for more profits. It is sin that begets more sin that has gone haywire in our society. That message serves a warning to all those who pause to ponder on its significance. I wonder if that person behind this message is one of those sinners who now deeply repents and resorts to broadcast this message? It has the eerie semblance to Samuel Coleridge’s classic “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” where the ancient sailor accidentally killed the friendly albatross leading to the death of all his shipmates. He then went around spreading his message of repent and sorrow?
I was disturbed by that message “百善孝为先！万恶淫为首！” which is displayed prominently at the busy intersection of Geylang Road and Sims Avenue. The same message has travelled from Sim Lim Tower at Jln Besar to Geyland Road – our officially condoned red light area where slutty cobras roam in the dark alleys and back-lanes along the glittering stretch of Geylang Road populated with PRCs and others. Will it replicate itself elsewhere? We shall see if it gets to People’s Park where slutty cobras of another specimen also slither freely in the vicinity.
Don’t believe me? You harbour doubts of what I said?
Try exploring there yourself under the cover of darkness and you will be amazed. You are spoilt for choice! Whenever I accidentally wander into that Xanadu dome of forbidden pleasure, I always do silent chantings like a monk to keep my spirit steady and not lose my self-control succumbing to one of those slutty cobras always lurking in the background. After all, I am just a normal human with needs. For less than a hundred bucks, you could park yourself for the night in the comfort of a lubricious spring-well with nice luxurious shrubbery!
What is life? I have turned the wheel of life – sunrise and sunset with the changing festivals and seasons throughout the year for the past 49 yearly cycles yet I remain susceptible to temptations of the flesh. What if you were filthy rich with tons of money like that langgar Ferrari driver? All the slutty cobras in the whole world will be at your command. That is what I meant by decadence. That could be the main reason why emperors always died young. Think about it. One ice-cream Cecilia and you are doomed forever. Come back in your next life to start afresh. Is it worth it? What do you think?
PS: Agonkia, I would like to hear from you since you worship all women like living goddesses!