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Desktop Confessional

Where did compassion go?

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

In college now, waiting for exam to start at 2.15 PM. Don't ask me why we're here at 12.17 PM .. we're nerds! Don't you just love English exams of any variety? You don't have to study for it, and its usually an automatic A! Boasting? Of course not, you'd feel the same way too.

Exam season is in the air, which explains for the lack of updates. There's a lot that I wanted to say though.

Like how last week I went to watch Gubra and was so blown away by the message underlying the movie, and the themes. It was funny and thought-provoking and I thought it was one of the best movies I've seen - be it international or Malaysian. I remember how right after the movie I SMS-ed Kaki Cucuk Langit and demanded he send my regards to Yasmin about how amazing the movie was.

Barely a week after the viewing, Meesh tells me such discouraging news about what she saw on RTM 1 the other day. I didn't see it so I'm not in a position to comment much about it but do go to Meesh's if you want more information and a compelling commentary about what was said. In a nutshell, Sepet and Gubra was lambasted for being "pencemar budaya" and how these movies "memusnahkan akhlak" and a whole load of bullshit.

I feel very sad knowing that some people would think so horribly about Yasmin's message. It just seems like the world is slowly losing compassion for its own people. First, there is the whole furor about not being able to even hug in public. Of course its understandable that our culture isn't exactly big on public displays of affection, and I myself think that full-on making out is disrespectful for some in public ... but hugging? A peck on the cheek? What's wrong with showing little actions of affection and love? Hell, in these times those two things are EXACTLY what we need.

And now, a movie that basically tells all of us to be understanding, compassionate and kind to our fellow human beings is being called a degradation to values and culture? What kind of values do we have that denies us all these traits?


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