Common Sense to Self-Censor

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28 Jun 2009 – Notes from Feb 2006

Was fortunate to connect with another blogger in Australia who commented ‘I miss the people I met and mixed with in the USA…and the people there had this fascination with Australia, whereas here there is a lot of anti-Americanism — which annoys me, because I know that you shouldn’t tar everyone with the same brush’

His comments triggered off what I wrote to the Straits Times in 2006 regarding a cartoon from Denmark, which I am now ready to share with my readers: 

During my 10 years in the Scandinavian countries, my experiences with censorship have not been an issue. That is what contributes to the positive progress of a civilized culture and society. Unfortunately the cartoon crisis is the epitome of irresponsible media who disregards the ambivalence of current world’s situation. When freedom of the individual press or speech results in destruction, it is time to exercise freedom with considerate and compassionate choices – common sense and self-censor.

Having survived over half a century on planet earth, this is my plea and dedication to world citizens:

Africans, Americans, Asians, Australians, Europeans and the rest of the world…
Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jews, Muslims and any other religious faiths…
Women, men, bi, gays, heterosexuals, metrosexuals…

Why segregate with labels Human Beings on Planet Earth…
Confused by emotions of desire, lust, insecurities, power…
Awakens with hopes of humble knowledge and wisdom…

Dreams of dignity and grace…
Some may not live up to expectations…
May not be of expectations to others

Assumptions and expectations restrict communication…
Sincere and true respect for differences…
Is a journey to gracious acceptance…

Life is a gift to be celebrated
Differences to be appreciated
Compassion to be achieved

Act with considerate awareness
With no premeditated cruelty, ill intentions or malice

Actions, behaviors, thoughts, words…
Body, verbal and written languages…

In sync and harmony with Nature and Peace
Peace is Love and  Love is Forgiveness

Best of luck to the balance of the Gift of Life

From an optimistic world citizen!
Amy Lam Su Guan

Against ignorance & stupidity even god flights in vain –  German saying