Wednesday, November 24, 2004

The Singapore Dream.


Now that the 12 weeks of pre-Christmas commercialism is fully upon us, and at the same time that I will be unemployed and still in debt...

The 'good life' as defined by the Singapore Dream is neatly defined by the litany of the 6 'C's.
Career, Credit Card, Car, Condo, Country Club, Cash...

Or was that last 'C' defined by Caret (as in diamond)? I forget. When I first heard about this, it was the 4 'C's. Then it somehow became the 5 'C's as I was growing up. Guess we had to 'C' some inflation and upgrading along the way. (okay, bad pun!)

Anyway the 6 'C's are what all dutiful Singaporeans are supposed to be striving to obtain. The social fabric of Singapore society and perhaps the entire space-time continuum depends on our following the game plan. And no, I am not about to kick the dead horse and start a rant on the commercialisation of Christmas. Or any bleeding-heart crap about the value of family / friends / love being more important than that material stuff.

I was planning to blog on the materialism run amuck in Singapore. After writing a whole bunch of words, I stopped and realised that Daniel Akst (who writes a regular column in the New York Times) has done a very eloquent piece back in 2000 on the very same subject but from an American perspective. The man says it much better than I ever can - hmm... maybe that is why he writes for the NYT and I write for myself...
Americans Aren't in the Market for Freedom
By Daniel Akst
(mirror site in case NYT site is down)



2 Comments:

Blogger Siddhi said...

Fantastic article. Very true.

December 04, 2004 11:36 AM  
Blogger Martijn and Indri Doekes said...

I thought Car came on first place, but further very true as far as I can see after only one month here

May 01, 2005 12:43 AM  

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