Saturday, January 20, 2007


Dedicated to Karl Marx

Karl Heinrich Marx (May 5, 1818, Trier, Germany – March 14, 1883, London) was a German philosopher, political economist, and revolutionary. Marx addressed a wide range of issues; he is most famous for his analysis of history, summed up in the opening line of the introduction to the Communist Manifesto: "The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles." Marx believed that the downfall of capitalism was inevitable, and that it would be replaced by communism:
“ The development of Modern Industry, therefore, cuts from under its feet the very foundation on which the bourgeoisie produces and appropriates products. What the bourgeoisie therefore produces, above all, are its own grave-diggers. Its fall and the victory of the proletariat are equally inevitable. [1] ”
However, Marx also wrote in The German Ideology (1845) that:
“ Communism is for us not a state of affairs which is to be established, an ideal to which reality [will] have to adjust itself. We call communism the real movement which abolishes the present state of things. The conditions of this movement result from the premises now in existence. ”
In this text, he opposed the conception of communism as a future state of society and declared it as the negativity at work in the present moment: communism is the opposition to the current order of things, that is, capitalism.
While Marx was a relatively obscure figure in his own lifetime, his ideas began to exert a major influence on workers' movements shortly after his death. This influence was given added impetus by the victory of the Marxist Bolsheviks in the Russian October Revolution, and there are few parts of the world which were not significantly touched by Marxian ideas in the course of the twentieth century. The relation of Marx to "Marxism" is a point of controversy. While some argue that his ideas are discredited , Marxism is still very much influential in academic and political circles. Marxism continues to be the official ideology in some countries in the world such as North Korea. In his book "Marx's Das Capital" (2006), biographer Francis Wheen reiterates David McLellan's observation that since Marx's ideas had not triumphed in the West " had not been turned into an official ideology and is thus the object of serious study unimpeded by government controls.".

One Man Army

Sometimes in movies we see one person defeating entire armies. We all know that it will not happen in real life. Now, as the chairman of Astronomy, Health and Fitness Club. I started to feel the pressure of fighting alone and abroad. With no other mental support other than myself, I feel exhausted. Everything seems suddenly coming towards me in a tsunami like pattern. Next week, is the marathon for canoeing, although it is only 14 km, I doubt it will be an easy fight. I heard that the twins are taking part in the same event as me....I don't know what to say.

The week after next week is the Scout annual competition, although we have the strongest(numbers) PLC in quite some time, most of them are noob or newbie who can't even tie a simple knot, this is why some of the vets has to take two events. Sometimes, I am not even sure of myself why some person can go to such high ranks, acting as if they are the boss when they know absolutely nothing. I could be the commissar when I had to but I am not always there.I hate the Scouts weakling policies, it is making us weaker, I hope our leadership can see that.

The first opening session for Astronomy is a success in some ways or another, we did what we want, learn how to use the go-to telescope. Still, the admin matters are still chaotic, this, I had to blame myself for such weak leadership. I can only do so much....The health and fitness club is still a myth, it is my job to make it well known to the school, but the journey is long and uncertain. As of this very moment, I still could not see the people who are responsible enough to take on the job of the commitee, worst come to worst, I had to make a decision, which is, in game term, AR or all random.

TO end all of this and upon looking at my condition, I will quote Mr Paul Chong's famous quote:

" Life is a battle, win it"

It appear to be exactly my condition, fighting a one man battle, I have no choice but to win.

Friday, January 19, 2007


Yesterday has been a tiring day, having so much activity in a row. I don't know wether I can go on.....

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Back from LDP, sorry for didn't post for such a long time. LDP was fun, the details I will include in another post as it will be too long to write here. Being the chairman of two CCAs is killing me, couple with the tasks of doing chief comm award and various canoeing competition,this year is killing me. But still, I have to bear all the brunt that is forced onto me as i believed that it will make me a better person.

Today is considered cooling and nice. Today is our first meeting with the POD teacher who seems to like little children a lot. Saw her smiling at sec 2s 50m away to herself. Quite freaky. The teachers today seems to be a bit paranoid and crazy for reasons i cannot fathom. Stress I think. should be the LDP and such. The committee of the health club is not out yet as i am struggling to find person who is on enough to do the loads given to them. I am just really not sure.

Training today was fun in a sense that the weather is cooling but a bit da wet due to the eternal rain. Hope that the rain will not have its effect tomorrow. We did only dry paddling because of the lightning and ya, we got to do tons of push up in a downhill manner. At first we are doing facing up hill but then Mr Goh realizes that doing uphill is way lot easier so unlucky us, we are force to turn around. After 120 push-up, we started a little strength training which involves two person holding hands. The poor thing who was my partner got dragged around as he is not that strong.
The rain came again and again until Mr goh thought of the idea of cleaning the shed using rain water, I had a fun time bailing water with Kenneth.

Tomorrow is suppose to be the big day as it is sort of the grand opening of the Astronomy Club, like a phoenix rising from the ash, I hope things will turn out to be better this year. With new members and girls, I wish the astronomy club will not be just another myth is ACS(I). As quoted from the Debate club chairman David Crawshaw, " The astronomy club is nothing but a myth, with its people looking up at the polluted sky of Singapore" Upon hearing this comment, I feel like castrating him. But before that, I will show him that the myth exist.

This two day is quite sad for my morale as I could not see my crush in the school, where has she been to? I just want to see her, maybe a glimpse will do. Should I gave her something during Valentines'day, or should I just do nothing and enjoy her in the dark? Someone out there please give me advice!