08 February 2010

On Gossiping


Think of the newstands that are occupied with gossip magazines. Think of the people who gossip about celebrities when you walk in a restaurant. Think of your colleagues who gossip about your bosses when you enter the office. Think of your classmates in schools who are spreading rumours about some of your other friends when you walk into your classroom.

What does that tell you? Gossiping in Hong Kong is a habit widely considered immoral and wicked. It intrudes our privacy and wears down our reputation. It denies the teaching of the Confucius that human nature is inherently good. But humans always contradict themselves. While we are condemning the unacceptable acts of the Paparazzi, we are gossiping every day. We would be indignant at the paparazzi of shooting photographs of celebrities being naked and at the same flip through those magazines at home and meditate on them.

In Hong Kong, moralists and specialists are in the habit of accusing the people of Hong Kong being too reluctant to read actual books and spend most of their time reading gossip magazines for leisure. But we are living in the twenty-first century. Being a commercially driven society, money has replaced the gods as the object of worship. Merits related to money should be considered virtue. The day of a successful business man is dense with meetings. Our employers invest their faith in Social Darwinism to justify the ills of capitalism and remain at the top of the social hierarchy. Their employees, with the fear of losing a job, must accept their unreasonable salary by doing a great amount of work. For the unfortunate, they may have to moonlight or work overtime.

Therefore, my dear readers, can you imagine a normal employee in Hong Kong would have the time and mental capacity to engage in intellectual activities and useless political discussions? Perhaps he needs time to laugh at the silly acts of politicians and poke fun at the stories which celebrities have unskillfully fabricated. Perhaps he needs some entertaining. Perhaps he needs gossips to put away their anxieties of work. After all, he was brought up under the saying, 'Hard work is a virtue.'

W

1 comment:

  1. money has become an end these days. Using malicious means to achieve such ends has been entirely acceptable now. But thanks to the financial crisis, and perhaps Obama, people start to fathom the nature of means, but not must the virtue of the outcomes. Achieving such a lofty goal requires one to be well-informed and able to think critically, which is seriously lacking among us right now. that's also why we should abstain from hoping, we should abandon our hopes that there will be any changes.

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