And so today I just realised that the $130 fine wasn’t a joke( i really thought it was).
For the uninitiated, Singapore will be hosting the 1st Youth Olympic Games and in a bid to make sure everything runs like the clockwork that is Singapore Inc. has implemented a special YOG lane where YOG vehicles will be given priority. Everyone’s expected to give way to these vehicles or face a $130 fine.
Now, I have a problem with this because people keep saying Singaporeans are not a gracious lot which is why we have to implement such measures. But it makes me wonder, could the very implementation of forced-graciousness be the reason for the lack of it? I mean, now that we have seats on buses for the elderly and lanes for the guests of our nation, everyone thinks that only those dedicated seats/lanes are reserved for them. On other seats, you can pretend to sleep. On other lanes, you can not give way.
Shouldn’t we be educated that we should be gracious towards our guests and empathise for the less fortunate in our own society instead?
I know, I know. Why should it matter right? Can’t the rules be a safeguard for the efficiency while the ‘education’ concurrently happen? Well, look at it this way, if you were a nice thoughtful person and you gave way only for people to think “haha see that guy scared kena fine”, it would pretty much suck right? (although a thoughtful person would do it anyway, having your intentions doubted is usually a bad feeling. )
People should be given a chance to feel the satisfaction that comes from being gracious and not be motivated by a carrot or, worse, a stick.
It’s only then can we truly be a gracious lot.