Lets talk about ‘Community’#2

“Where ignorance is bliss, ’tis folly to be wise.” .

Its true that i haven’t been updating (this blog as well as) the news lately, one, because i was too busy to finish up my research though at at times i find myself stuck and stopping for a while before i continue my thesis. But when it comes to the news going on lately, i don’t know what is going on.

From Tudung Fareeda to Panda to Dyana.Okay that rhymes somehow with no intention. But seeing from the news feed of the things my friends talks in facebook, i could only glance a bit of the things commonly shared on their facebook. News comes faster from facebook than the newspaper itself. So it was easy for me to somehow update myself of whats going on, the only thing is that i would not be googling more about it like i would do before. By all means, the world goes on without you while you are too busy to build your own world.

What i find it sad, and frustrating is to see how regardless which side of coin you see these party, they are pretty much the same. It seems that politicians nowadays are more concerned of saving their seats, rather than serving the people and the community around them. I wanted to write something about the community but somehow lost some idea.

The only thing that stays in my mind is how i realize that i don’t even know the butcher, the fruit seller, the vegetable nyonya at the market near my home, which is sad. And it makes me wonder if any of these politicians knew their own local community? Do they know where to get the best fish, meat, chicken or vegetable at the local wet market? Do anyone ever come down any more and ask them how are they instead of getting it straight from the multi corporate companies?

There’s a strange warm feeling i get seeing these sellers talking to you and asking you what you want to buy rather than a quiet cash person sitting at the counter , scanning, and ask two things: Do you have a club card? And a dry ‘Thank You’ 

I was surprised actually to find a cashier at the vegetable counter, chatting warmly with an elder couple, it seems like its wrong to talk to each other just because they are the customer. One of the reasons why i quit that short two days i worked before in a multinational supermarket, was because one, they squeeze you so much that some people had to work 2-3 shifts due to lack of workers with no complaints or protest. But because, another reason where you can’t  work together with your friend at the same time to avoid from talking to each other. Now that’s one rights i refuse to be taken away (not just because i like to talk) , but it seems that i will turn into a robot if i were to work there. I am after all a person who values freedom..with responsibility, of cause.

And it doesnt happen only in big supermarket but almost anywhere even among our friends? The bigger we develop the smaller our society breaks into pieces. even in university setting, we are all focused into only one or two friends we meet the most. While the rest, are too busy to graduate they (some) dont even bother to participate in anything even in class.

When the community becomes too big, the people separates themselves. But when the community are small, people becomes closer by finding reasons to be together. Why is that so? For example, when i went for exchange programme, I somehow landed in Cork, a small town in Ireland.  There, the muslims esp the Malaysian community are small, therefore they strengthen their community by keeping in touch with each other, making gatherings and spending time together. However in my university, the only time there is any activity would be conference or seminar or annual dinner. Of cause there was a lot of society activity, but never something that makes you feel you are a part of the community you are in. Perhaps i am wrong, but even myself felt disconnected from the community i live in. Either because initially in the beginning, i disconnect myself and when i try to reconnect, its harder than you think.

So in the end, i started with looking for new friends,although the only thing we would do is just talk about our day and spend some time eating together. But i hope in these few month till i can finally graduate, it can somehow grow bigger than the ones I have now and perhaps in the future, do something that will give my life a purpose and more meaningful than where I am right now.

 

 “Build a little community of those you love and who love you”

– Morrie Schwartz.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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