Wednesday, June 6, 2007

How "open" are we, today's society?

I know i should be doing a food review, but i am lazy to load up some photos so i decided to blog on an issue that was raised in our Toastmasters meeting that just happened a few hours ago.. To cut a long story short, Toastmasters is a program designed to improve our public speaking skills and the objective is to complete a series of 10 speeches with different objectives to achieve athe status of a "Competent" toastmaster which is the requirement to get promoted to an Assistant Manager..so basically every fortnight theres a meeting where all the members join voluntarily and theres a series of impromptu speeches called Table Topics and also a few speeches made by the members..

Back to the topic, the table topics questions are designed by obviously the Table Topic Master who runs that section of the meeting.. So one of the question she posed, was do you agree with the legalisation of gay marriages?

Now to get things straight, i am not against gays..so for gays to get married, i be more happy for them..just like this couple up there..photo taken by Darryl Bush..(hope he/she doesnt mind me using the photo for the extra dramatic effect)..

Though the question i pose is, how open is today's society to discuss such issues? Clearly it was such an issue because the person chosen to answer that topic randomly was a fellow halal reader of mine.. Now as you know, being gay is against their religion, so despite how open she is, the answer is no.. which in a way i thought was very inconsiderate for the Master to choose such a sensitive topic.. In the end, my friend struggled to put in proper points for arguement (30 seconds max to be exact) and i think that was embarrassing..

And even if the fellow was not a muslim, staunch chinese are bought up to be against such a practice..(as far as i know)..and i am sure indians might have different believes as well..

So where exactly is the line to be cut? I be more then happy to discuss such open issues, but are you readily going to discuss it in public?

10 comments:

zewt said...

something refreshing from all those food blog...

even if the society is willing to accept it... it will not be officially embraced... simply becos we are asians.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

zewt: n i m afraid thats the sad truth isnt? its not so much about whether we will accept it or not..but are we "ready" enough to discuss all these open issues?

sooyin said...

i agree with zewt. for every 1 person who has no problems with it, there'll probably be 10 persons who have a major issue with it even though this has nothing to do with them whatsoever. and since 10 voices are louder than 1...can we really discuss these sort of issues in an open manner? =(

(by the way, this is a nice change from all the food blogging!)

lilia edlina said...

it was, a total embarassment indeed. even the toblerone wasnt able to compensate the dreadful impromptu moment. huhu.

anyway, nice topic to be put up open to public, cant wait to see the responses.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

sooyin: haha i think i get the message of trying to get my hands dirty else where..will try to come up with different things to talk about. so the question remains unanswered then doesnt?

lilia: i feel for u..i think its ok if it was nuffin to do wif ur religion..but i think that was a clear breach..

Xiu Long Bao said...

For me, it is something to do wiv hormonal thingy, not their fault wat. But for my parents, it is absolutely abnormal, unnatural wor.

Paprika said...

The problem with us is that we can't accept opinions without taking it as a personal attack on our own beliefs. Discussing openly is one thing, arguing and getting personal is another. So to answer your question- no,I don't think we are ready.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

xlb:well its the freedom..i think its up to one self to believe what they want..its abnormal but thats only in the eyes of the society..theres no 1 set of law on earth that deems it not..

paprika: i totally agree..somehow or rather we will always be narrow minded and think everyone is launching a personal attack..till that day we are open enough to think properly..i think we are also not ready..

*sooyin* said...

haha...no no, don't get me wrong...i LIKE the food blogging, but it's also nice to read other stuff as well...=)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

sooyin: no worries..i love to satisfy everyone hahaha...