Haha, I used to mention that school was a microcosom of society in multiple ways.
Well, once upon a time, for the past six years, there will be about two to three sports meets a year. Most of us will be “strongly encouraged” to go, but with attendance taken (-_-). A fair number of us wouldn’t be interested and quite a handful wouldn’t turn up at all. The appearance of MCs are almost akin to that during high-key events these days. (sigh slightly)
The graph above shows a Channel Newsasia poll about YOG (if the bloody lag and problematic for the night wordpress didnt fudge up) where 88% of respondents do not care about YOG. Its the latest statistics, apparently theres a drop frm the previous 90% but the numbers have gone up frm 2000 to 5000 odd, making the survey seemingly more accurate with an increase in sample size.
I think many of us would agree that we would give way to an ambulance because it needs to rush ahead to save lives and deliver someone’s granddad to the hospital. But I think it is extremely hard to see a reason to justify placing a bus of athletes on the same level of an ambulance.
Ah what the heck, maybe this time its a bad analogy, I would like to think that percentage wise my school had more enthusiastic supporters (like at least to rally behind their friends). This analogy might be tarnishing the name of my school. sigh. Maybe a closer representation would be those Performance Festivals where the buying of a ticket is compulsory (and which some genius decided to bring the matter to Straits Times when I first enrolled).
At least no one is forced to go for the upcoming sporting event…like students…….right? (Are there teachers who are unable to sell their part of the 80,000 tickets — what happens when their students do not want to buy them? what happens to the tickets? are there even such instances?)
If there’s one thing I was happy about with my school, it was that the attendance taking is usually quite slipshod and lax. Nobody is complaining, it saves everyone trouble. It doesn’t apply for the performance festivals, but I went for those on my own accord anyway. They’re more entertaining than blindly shouting some form of support in the naive hope that the louder you shout, the stronger your team gets…. Hell, like that makes any sense? It really is almost a nationalistic sentiment that “if you love your school and want your team to win, you will shout louder”. but enough of that for now.
As you can see I’m hardly very rah-rah, and I don’t think much of it (apart from it not being very smart)–and even less about forming hostile unhealthy rivalries over artificial distinctions. It’s almost like nationalism, but enough of that for now.
A good rational question to ask: why do some organisations exist? Do they exist to serve or to be served? And likewise, why do some laws or road regulations exist — does Man serve the sabbath or sabbath serve the man?