Amos Yee’s issue with “close-minded Chinese pieces of shit”

A follow up article to my previous post – A lovely poem and “R” dictionary to Mr Amos Yee

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Yeah I’m causing a lot of emotional pain for my family. But really, what can I do? If that isn’t caused, how will I live the life I want?

Most Singaporeans, because they don’t want to worry their parents, throw away their own unique views and ambitions to the dogs and live the life that not necessarily they, but their parents want for them.

But some people.. just aren’t willing to live their life based on other people.., because it might be happy for them, but it certainly wouldn’t be for me.

Am I going to be so arrogant and say one life is better than the other? Naw, I don’t know your circumstances, and neither do you know mine.

How to respond to Amos Yee’s “nonsense”

As much as many of us frown upon Amos Yee’s and his actions, he has the right to his own opinion, just like we have the right to ours. If we really hate what he says or believes in, in regards to his sexuality/language/political /religious views:

  1. We can choose to ignore it instead of making a media circus and giving him the spotlight, since he intentionally wants to offend and aggravate some of us
  2. Think of the possible reasons why he say what he says or do what he do, and reflect maturely on the validity to what he says
  3. Disagree but respect that he is entitled to his own opinion
  4. Have a constructive debate

Logically, the smartest way to handle what we deem as idiocy is to not encourage or stir it up. And we can do that by simply ignoring it.

Societal pressures to conform

The way Amos Yee think, act, and expresses himself just happens to go against our legal system and society, and not fit into the mould of how a Singaporean is expected to behave or talk. As long as he does not say that he wants, or others should commit murder, or be physically violent to any individual or community, I don’t see a need to call up the police to arrest this boy.

Like what he suggested in his FB post above, many of us choose to conform to societal ideals, or take a certain path in life just to fit our parent’s wishes even if it does not align to ours. For example:

  1. Not even telling our family members who we voted for during the general election, keeping silent on talking about the government or politics, out of fear of affecting our chances of being black marked or harassed by the government, getting arrested, or not being able to find a mainstream job
  2.  Choosing to further our studies even if we do not want to because we fear the lack of financial stability
  3. Attaining a degree in a course our parents want, but not what we want
  4. Getting a mainstream office job over pursing our artistic or niche interests because we cannot earn an ideal salary, and do not want to be judged by society for our lower financial standing
  5. Not dating or marrying a person because they are perceived as lower than us e.g. in terms of education or financial background

What does the “idiotic” boy want?

This 17 year old kid seems to know the possible consequences of what he does, but he still does it. The question you should be asking is ‘why’?

Even though Amos Yee knows the turmoil breaking, or running away from the law has on his family, and that he might be eventually get caught by the authorities, he still does it. Youthful idealism or plain stupidity? It might be both, it might be either, or it might be none.

What he wants is to just to live the life he wants, instead of what society and his parents wants him to live it as. At the very least, he has the courage that many of us adults do not even have to stand up against an ideology or system, or for our own convictions, beliefs or values.

We don’t know him personally, we only know what he is like from his Facebook postings, and how mainstream and non mainstream media want us to perceive him and his state.

We are all unique in our own ways, and if anyone of us does not conform to society (*with the exception of a person who shows intention to, ask others, or he himself – wants to physically harm and kill others), let them be.

Why do we continue to add fuel to the fire?

Amos Yee just happens to be a 17 year old boy who does not feel align to the society and political landscape he was brought up in e.g. issue of freedom of speech and its laws, and it making a statement on it by openly showing his views towards religion and the government online.

He does not want to be used as a political tool either by anyone or any groups either. In Singapore, though a citizen “cannot possibly” harass a individual who has already pass on, a citizen can however get into a 6 figure defamation suit by a political figure.

You can use a law to curb freedom of speech and expression, but you cannot curb a person’s opinion. Singaporeans should learn to maturely express their view towards the government or religion, so that the next generation can follow suit. Constructive critique towards a religion or what the government is not something bad. Thus, we should build up on how to enhance that form of expression, so that people in society can grow up in regards to how to maturely take in, respond, and engage in diverse opinions.

As long as we have moral sense and logic, other people’s opinions or beliefs we disagree with, or form of expression, should not be something for us to significantly harbour on since we already know what, or how things ideally should be like. The most effective option is to just leave Amos Yee alone, and not sensationalise him further.

Or alternatively, we can use his example to share with the people around us no how to be more opened in regards to reflecting on the diversity of opinions, or how to express and react to such matters (which I have shared above).

Quotes / songs relating to what social misfits might feel:

“We both have war inside us. Sometimes it keeps us alive. Sometimes it threatens to destroy us.” ― Insurgent

“Every faction conditions its members to think and act a certain way. And most people do it. For most people, it’s not hard to learn, to find a pattern of thought that works and stay that way. But our minds move in a dozen different directions. We can’t be confined to one way of thinking, and that terrifies our leaders. It means we can’t be controlled. And it means that no matter what they do, we will always cause trouble for them.” ― Divergent

“What makes you different makes you dangerous.” – Divergent

How will the Hunger Games end for Amos Yee? 

Effie Trinket will say: “May the odds be ever in your favour.”

To end of the post with a song:

“Run Boy Run”

Run boy run! This world is not made for you
Run boy run! They’re trying to catch you
Run boy run! Running is a victory
Run boy run! Beauty lays behind the hills

Run boy run! The sun will be guiding you
Run boy run! They’re dying to stop you
Run boy run! This race is a prophecy
Run boy run! Break out from society

Tomorrow is another day
And you won’t have to hide away
You’ll be a man, boy!
But for now it’s time to run, it’s time to run!

Run boy run! This ride is a journey to
Run boy run! The secret inside of you
Run boy run! This race is a prophecy
Run boy run! And disappear in the trees

Tomorrow is another day
And you won’t have to hide away
You’ll be a man, boy!
But for now it’s time to run, it’s time to run!

Tomorrow is another day
And when the night fades away
You’ll be a man, boy!
But for now it’s time to run, it’s time to run!

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