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Don’t fall for the perpetual reciprocation trap laid by the PAP

August 26, 2013


The perpetual replay of the indebtedness to the PAP on the “success” of Singapore becoming a first world nation has to cease. The rule of reciprocation can used as a dangerous weapon against the un-witty population, in attempt to manipulate its ignoramus into compliance.

To understand how the rule of reciprocation can be exploited by one who recognizes it as the weapon of influence as exemplified by a simple case, of being in a situation of deciding to buy products from a smiling attendant in a supermarket. Do you feel obligated to buy some of their products after you have tried their “free samples” or do you have thick-skin to return toothpicks and turn down the offer?

Propaganda list of "Grateful" opinions from expats to instill a sense of gratefulness and repaying obligations into the populace.

Propaganda list of “Grateful” opinions from expats to instill a sense of gratefulness and repaying obligations into the populace. (Click pic for full size)

Be Grateful, S'pore Propaganda

Be Grateful, S’pore by a Canadian (Propaganda)

With the endless drumming of indebtedness to the PAP from the mainstream propaganda media, PAP has created a mindless populace eager and obligated to repay back the “kindness”. One of the reasons reciprocation can be used so effectively as a device for gaining another’s compliance is its power. The rule possesses awesome strength, often producing a yes response to a request that, except for an existing feeling of indebtedness, would have surely been refused.

If you walk down the streets interviewing random people, it is not surprising to get this “Thankful” remark repeatedly. Singaporeans in the past have been conditioned and socially engineered to the advantage of the PAP, to even realize they have been manipulated as accordance to the expected result of responses. Utilizing such skewed opinions helps to influence and manipulate the populace whilst shaping the public opinions on many national issues.

“Like a Rove beetle, by using a variety of triggers involving smell and touch, the rove beetles get two species of ants to protect, groom, and feed them as larvae and to harbor them for the winter as adults. Responding mechanically to the beetles’ trick trigger features, the ants treat the beetles as though they were fellow ants. Inside the ant nests, the beetles respond to their hosts’ hospitality by eating ant eggs and young; yet they are never harmed.”

Here are some of the brainwashed Thankful zombies:

“Be thankful for what we have – We have indeed come a long way since the old days of rioting and massive misunderstandings, and it is time that non-Singaporeans stop judging us based on our eventful history.

I must confess, I did feel slightly disconcerted when I first read the article. Then I began counting my blessings:  I have shelter; yes, a small four room flat with my family which is albeit a little old but still very cosy. I have a job, I’m paid enough to save up and go for a short getaway to Hong Kong or Taiwan every one to two years. I don’t have to worry about not being able to buy my next meal. I own an iPhone 5 when I renewed my SingTel contract last December. I just went to watch “Ah Boys to Men 2” over the Chinese New Year period with my family, with tickets that cost S$10 each.

Before we complain and grumble further, shall we take some time to count our blessings and realise how fortunate we actually are?

Amanda Yang, 25
Tuition Teacher

“I, too, agree that Singaporeans must learn to be thankful for what we have.Most of us are blessed with shelter over our heads, good food on the table, a job and our children can go to school.

 I’m a stay-at-home mum and I’m thankful that I can be home to take care of my two boys when my husband is working hard at his job.
 I’m thankful that we can put food on the table, the children can study and we can enjoy the simple joys of life. Activities like going to the park, cycling or playing at the playground doesn’t cost us.

Sharon Heng, 33
Homemaker” – source

“Singapore is one of the most developed and richest nations in Asia. The standard of living here is one of the highest in the world. However, we take many things for granted. What are the things we would miss most if we lived in another country?

First is our water supply. Unlike in other places, we can drink water straight from the tap. The fact that we can do so, and not have to buy bottled water from the supermarket, makes life convenient. In other countries, the tap water may not be safe for consumption even after boiling.

Second is our safe and secure living environment. Thanks to our hard-working police officers, our crime rate is one of the lowest in the world. Here, I can go out at night without fearing for my safety.

Third is our clean streets. Before the crack of dawn every day, thousands of hard-working cleaners are sweeping the streets, keeping the country clean. In Singapore, many things have been done for our benefit, bringing much convenience, efficiency and security to our lives.

Singaporeans should cherish what they have.

Maa Zhi Hong
ST Forums

“We should be thankful that we are living in an environment where security is tight and corruption is minimal.

On top of that, Singapore is situated in a safe location, away from the boundaries of the tectonic plates, protected from calamities such as earthquakes and tsunamis, unlike countries such as Japan and China.

Before we even find displeasure in the pleasures in life, we could look at our circumstances from another perspective and know that we are well-off. Our current situation could be much worse, and we can choose how we want to feel, to be appreciative or unthankful.

Singapore is like a bubble, and we live safely in it. However, we must realise that the bubble can burst in the blink of an eye. It is wiser to embrace the blessings we have now than to regret should we lose them all.

Lim Ying Ning

The rule says that we should try to repay, in kind, what another person has provided us. If a woman does us a favor, we should do her one in return;
if a man sends us a birthday present, we should remember his birthday with a gift of our own; if a couple invites us to a party, we should be sure to invite them to one of ours.

Excerpts taken from books on reciprocity:
The European scientist Eibl-Eibesfeldt (1975) provides the account of a German soldier during World War I whose job was to capture enemy soldiers for interrogation. Because of  the nature of the trench warfare at that time,  it was extremely difficult for armies to cross the no-man’s-land between opposing front lines, but it was not so difficult for a single soldier to crawl across and slip into an enemy trench position. The armies of  the Great War had experts who regularly did so to capture enemy soldiers, who would then be brought back for questioning.

The German expert had often successfully completed such missions in the past and was sent on another. Once again, he skillfully negotiated the area between fronts and surprised a lone enemy soldier in his trench. The unsuspecting soldier, who had been eating at the time, was easily disarmed. The frightened captive, with only a piece of bread in his hand, then performed what may have been the most important act of his life. He gave his enemy some of  the bread. So affected was the German by this gift that he could not complete his mission. He turned from his benefactor and recrossed the no-man’s-land empty-handed to face the wrath of his superiors.

More bizarre still is the more recent case of an armed robber who crashed a Washington, DC, dinner party – waving a gun and demanding money – but who changed his mind, apologized, and left upon being offered some of the remaining wine and cheese.

By virtue of the reciprocity rule, then, we are obligated to the future repayment of favors, gifts, invitations, and the like. In a pork-barrel political arena such items comes in form of “free gifts”, subsidies, rebates, aid, donations, and benefits. What they have created is a system of extracting wealth from the public and later dangled as benefits to the electorates creating an environment of due relentlessness gratefulness.

By accepting such “free gifts” and sold the story of their sole efforts & merits in transforming Singapore into a first world nation, the innocent has fallen into a sense of indebtedness to repay their “kindness” – hereby a future request to vote for the PAP during elections. Like a ransom it has held many of an obligation to pay back subconsciously, as it has proven to be very effective with the old folks as well as the young in general.

The adage and prediction of “post-LKY era” analyzed by those who understand the underlying meaning is; without the reciprocation figure LKY, the reiterated view on PAP is likely uncertain. The rule of reciprocity is not only laughable but it’s dangerous as a weapon of intent.


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