- What is the worst weather you have ever experienced?
- There are a series of hurricanes heading towards the continental US right now. Authorities have issued mandatory evacuations for several areas, yet some people are refusing to budge. Do you think it is right that the police are allowed to make arrests in this case? Do you think you should be allowed to stay with your property?
- "Poaching" has been described as the act of intentionally pursuing an individual in an already committed relationship. Have you ever poached? Would you ever poach?
- Who should be blamed? (The person who poaches (home wrecker)? Or the mate who strays?)
- Are certain people "fair weather friends" ? Or deep down, are we all fair weather friends to someone in our lives?
When I was ten, during my primary four December holidays, I went on vacation to Switzerland with my family. I think it was Zermatt, almost towards the end of our two-plus weeks there already... it was snowing so hard that we literally had to wade through a vast patch of snow to the motel situated in the middle of that whole field(?) of snow. I don't remember being able to make out pathways from the supposed-to-be-grassy area, 'cos it was just all snow everywhere. I guess that's really minor weather to be talking about, but then we don't have snow here. So I guess the worst weather we experience here all the time is that scorching hot sun and all that humidity which makes our shirts stick to our backs when we have to shuttle back and forth from the east to the west for school. *urgh* Or maybe that time in Adelaide, when all the flies stuck to our shirts and it was darn sweltering burning hot, I could feel the sun roasting my cheeks... I think I swore never to visit a country in summer ever again, and we never did.
This is like the euthanasia question. For the record, the answer currently is no (to being allowed to stay with your property), in Singapore, so I shall just stick to that. But if people are really seeking self-destruction, they'll eventually find it, right? But we just do what we can to prevent bad stuff from happening to them, so we can't be held accountable when they really die, so it's a yes to allowing police to make arrests. Where your treasure is, your heart will also be. If some people have chosen to invest their entire lives to building up their property, which the things of this world (such as bad weather) can destroy... too bad for the concepts of materialism, and its victims. I'm in a pitiless mood today.
No, I have never, ever poached, and I would never, ever poach. I totally, absolutely abhor and despise the act of poaching, and much as I would like to say otherwise, I think I would also totally, absolutely abhor and despise the poacher. Poaching ought to be made illegal by law as it already is for the other sense of the word; i think it would be best if it were punishable by whipping too. But then, I won't deny ever having thought of poaching, even if simply for a thought experiment... but never, would I ever do it.
I believe that both parties rightfully deserve the blame, although who deserves a greater part of the blame goes from a case-to-case basis. For a theoretical situation, I think both should be whipped an equal number of times. Of course, sometimes the whole thing happens also because of the person who has been poached from... I guess sometimes the perceived victim of such poaches might also not definitely be the most-hurt... Either way, I think relationships are a real complexity and a bunch of really fragile things, and I just think that both the poacher and poachee, by doing what they do, are looking for a self-made destruction. And by the way, actually my beloved Nick is a poacher... but of course, I don't know the details.
Well, I guess some people just have the in-born(?) tendency to be really fair-weather friends all the time. But I also believe that, yep, deep down, all of us are fair-weather friends to someone in our lives. Okay, at least that applies to me. I can really be a fair-weather person to some people... but then, actually, even in fair weather, I'm hardly a friend to them already... *shucks* I'm not gonna explain 'cos this is certainly gonna span pages. As I said, relationships are a real complexity. We should really talk about more exciting, less complicated stuff...