Saturday, December 10, 2005

Survivor Element

I realise that every country needs to have a "survivor"element embedded somewhere. Everywhere you go, there's bound to be someone boasting about how bad the living conditions are at such and such a place, and how the locals are so strong to be able to survive there.

It happens in KL. There's always talk about how bad the traffic is, how dangerous the streets are for both pedestrians and drivers, how bad the toilets are... If you grew up in KL, you develop a keen city-slicker instinct that is unique to KL-ians. And then outsiders (supposedly) "ooooh" and "aaaahh", seemingly impressed.

Same for goes Sabah. Bad road conditions. No electricity. No water. No wonder so many people still think Sabahans are living in the jungle. It's everywhere... China, India, Hong Kong. As I meet and talk to different people from different countries around the world, they all demonstrate the same intrinsic instict to talk about the "survivor" element of their place of origin.

Even in one of the safest countries in the world: Singapore. They still find something to talk about. Talk to any young male (or even old fellows) over the age of 20 and they all have one thing in common... N.S.

Yup. You can't escape the "survivor"element. It's buried inside every one of us.

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