Wednesday, 19 September 2007

Once is enough: Version 2.0

My previous entry could not be anymore timely. Did you read the news today about a little girl who was killed after inhumanely assaulted? To be fair to her, perhaps she was a little too young to be vigilant enough. But for those of you can discern, sincerely hope you will not let the false sense of security blinds you.

Some commented that sometimes you are placed in a situation where you don’t really have a choice. A very wise man once told me that life is about making choices, the day you have no choice is the day you die. I don’t know about you but I find that very true. Ask yourself and I dare you to answer it honestly… do you seriously think you have no choice?

The it-has-never-happened-before mentality is not only limited to girls alone as what some of you have commented; guys can be oblivious too. While being na├»ve spells the downfall for girls, guys often land themselves in hot soup due to … over-confident a.k.a. ego.

A story was told of a guy who drove on this particular route almost everyday. Part of the route involved a downhill stretch, a pretty steep one too. During the early days, he will drive on the middle lane when approaching this stretch and he will try to keep his speed at a safe level. As he travelled on this stretch more and more, he grew more and more confident and he drove faster and faster. Soon, he was travelling at 90km/h on the outer land when going down this steep stretch everyday. To him, he has been doing that for years and he has been safe in doing it.

But it all changed one day when his car spun and he lost control of it. His car hit the divider and only came to a stop after sliding for another 100 metre. The car was totally smashed but God must have been smiling at him that day as he lived to tell the tale.

Some of you might have taken things for granted and lived to tell the tale. Unfortunately, not everyone has that privilege. And some of those who lived to tell the tale might have experienced something which have scarred them forever, I am sure you know what I mean.

The ‘once is enough’ phenomena can appear in any form. More often than not, it is something very obvious and appears right in front of us but yet, we least expect it. Ask yourself today of the things you repeatedly do thinking that you’re invincible… and then ask whether… “once is enough”.

45 comments:

Angie Tan said...

woo hoo! hope that i'm the first.

isn't it funny that when we were younger, we thought we were invincible, but as we age, we notice how frail life can be?

i'd guess that is in part what wisdom is trying to teach us?

Sunshine said...

how much more perverted can a person get? a little girl stuffed with a brinjal and cucumber...

that guy better burn in hell...

adrian said...

The sicko has problems with his kkj. So he needs to use a cucumber.

Anyway, lets see how the authorities r going to solve this one and I hope they do.

Btw, wasn't there a few cases that happened in Kampung Baru with the same ammo. Young girls kidnapped and assaulted with a brinjal & cucumber? If those cases aren't solved yet, then I fear perhaps the sicko is venturing out of his comfort zone.

maegen said...

the only thing we can do is .. keep awareness ourself each time when we forced to be alone .. there is really hard to find accompany sometimes .. or else just stay home ..sometimes we'll face something bad even when we at home .. so .. how ???? >.<

tingtitlei said...

wah got part one part two.

part three : dont think that noone will jump outta no where and give u a surprise buttsex just because ure a guy

PapaJoneh said...

i just have to comment here.. but on the header. That is one pretty cool piece of design. Hot Header indeed.

no wonder you been awarded 5 times the thinking blogger... your post makes me wonder, im so little knowledge. my english is poor and im not sure i got your posting but if it concerns accident, once is definitely enough! :D

Twisted Heels said...

Great post, Zewt. We have to be vigilant all the time.

Rashikaps said...

I like what you said, Zewt. We should exercise caution and that we ALWAYS have a choice.

Sad about the little girl. Was she raped? Don't know about the incident but such monstrosities exist here too. Rapists should be stoned to death.

Zawi said...

I didnt realise the strocities done to the girl though I heard the news on TV about the body find.
The point now is whether the police is relentlessly going after the culprit? Will they assign somebody who will put his heart and mind to solve this crime? This maynot be the first of such a crime by this criminal nor it may be his last. As has happened before the case will be forgotten the minute a newer gruesome killing is found.

Anonymous said...

Sigh... What a sad world we live in...

may said...

you know what? I take it back after reading that article and have had a thought about it...

once is one too many times.

doncha think?

Wuching said...

most ppl must learn their lessons the hard way but sadly most ppl dun get a second chance!

Hor ny Ang Moh said...

Agree with u totally about choice! Everybody have choice it is just that u have to choose ur choice. This involve changing which is somethings most of us don't want! We don't want changes to our daily life!
I give one 'hor ny' eg, we canno't say we have no choice, this is the only hole we r allow to poke in! Yes u can always poke into other hole but it involve $$$$ ( divorce ) & time! Have a nice day!

Huei said...

once is enough? nah..once is one time too many! prevention is better than cure!

yup! life is full of choices..it's whether you CHOOSE to CHOOSE or not! ;)

Lucius Maximus said...

that was the most disgusting crime ever for this year

Tunku Halim said...

But can we learn from it? More importantly, do we want to learn or are we going to carry on as before?

(BTW, I've got a new book coming out this week!)

j or ji said...

i dunno what to say...

J.T. said...

Once is more than enough. We do not need to keep testing our invincibility especially when some things are obviously risky. We may not be very lucky the next time.

We have choices in life and we can choose to learn from the lesson and walk away from a situation.

ehon said...

that's the thing with human. u don't appreciate it until something happen. and the article of the girl is absolutely, totally brutal and inhumane!

PurpLe~MuShRooM said...

Human nature tends to take things for granted. This is an example of taking your own life and safety for granted.

rinnah said...

There are so many perverted sickos out there it scares me. How sad that this happened to that poor little girl. I hope they catch her killer.

aSstHa said...

i feel saddened n disturbed by that article... wat is this world coming to?

sometimes seeing this things reminds me again n again why i don't read the dailies anymore... (but of course must still be alert on my safety)...

reading such things just make me lose my faith in the ulterior being... and in humankind... but then again maybe these are all the karma we've collected for not appreciating mother nature thus the world is goin to the dogs...

hard to make out why all these is happening... yes... choices... i agree...

Charmayne said...

in other words, never take things for granted...anything can happen!

Pookyma said...

Once is enough to share the crap out of you man...

ROFL at TingTitLei's comment..

Winn said...

never feel too comfortable given any situation..

eh i agree with your view or that wise man's view on choices. :)
another good thing i learn today, esp when someone emphasizes it.
have a good day!

i really hope , one day, people and everyone can be sane.

alan zed said...

invincible? no la. i'm just human. :)

F.O.N @ frostee said...

Can't agree with you more dude.

anigma said...

Aiyoh.. I am seriously worried with the alarming escalating crimes rate in our own backyard. I wish everyone would be at their toes but sometimes, the things we preached just couldn't breach their "it-never-happened-before-to-me" mentality. I know how frustrating it is.. I am living with a bunch of such morons at home.

narrowband said...

I think most of the time, we often say we dont' ahve choices when in fact we do - it's just unfavorable. I don't dare to say that that's *always* the case though.

Wow you have added a disclaimer on top of the comment box. Didn't notice it before this. Neat!!

Anonymous said...

one is never enough...

keep falling in love again & again no matter how many times fell out of love.

kat said...

I agree with you on choices. Everyone ALWAYS have choices, just a matter of good choice or bad choice. Work late? No choice, boss ask. Got choice-wat. Just don't expect increment or bonus if you choose not to! But still a choice...

And yes, the only time when you don't have a choice is when you die.. just like the sweet soul so mercilessly snuffed out.. Hope the perpetrator gets thrown into jail and screwed from the back the whole day and whole night long!!

zewt said...

angie tan - that's called coming of age... which is a good thing really...

sunshine - he should suffer here first before going to hell.

adrian - there are such cases? have not heard before... shows how ignorant we all can be. could be him.

maegen - yeah, nowhere is safe. but we must do our best mah. right?

tingtitlei - hahaha... u speak as though you like buttsex.

papajoneh - no one's english is too poor to think :)... yeah, i really like the header... super cool!

zewt said...

twisted heel - now is putting it to practise.

rashikaps - she was not raped but was sexually assaulted, very inhumanely too. i guess perverts are everywhere.

Zawi - true... we forget too easily. werent we very angry about a certain bus crash not too long ago?

anon @ 8.20am - indeed...

wuching - and we must realise that before we need a second chance.

hor ny - hahahaha... choice in pokeing also eh? damn good la u :P

zewt said...

huei - well said!!!! it's whether we choose to choose or not!

lucius maximus - and i wonder when we will forget about it.

tunku halim - i will be looking out for the intro in your blog.

j or ji - just speechless for most of us.

JT - couldnt agree more. but saying is one thing... doing it is another.

ehon - malaysians are getting more sick by the days.

Jun said...

i fully agree with the "once is enuf" phenomena-- which is why i always ensure that i subscribe to anti-infectious disease protocols ie gloves, masks, goggles etc when situations call for them. i see lotsa docs who don't do it, and i hear stories bout how one's career can be over just with an accidental prick of the finger with a needle, or blood splattering into the eyes/nose etc. such a waste!

zewt said...

purple mushroom - i have blogged about it so many times... guess everyone has forgotten about it.

rinnah - yes, must bring him to justice.

aSstHa - i guess we must continue to play our part and keep the ARK going to at least bring some hope to this world.

charmayne - yup!

pookyma - you also want buttsex?

winn - from outside, we are sane... beneath it... can be insane.

zewt said...

alan zed - hahaha... me too!

F.O.N. @ frostee - cheers!

anigma - then i think it's time to educate those morons... dont u think?

narrowband - hahaha... some big shot in the political scene featured some of my articles so... i better.

anon @ 8.57pm - love?

kat - yeah, choices is what life all about, we just have to admit that. very good point in the employment part... damn good!

Jun - blood splattering into the eyes... gosh... HIV?

Helen said...

I agree with you.

but I'm the 100% kind... KIASI! lol

Cirnelle said...

The world is not right when we need to be fearful of our own kind, is it? And the thought that one of ours could be so sick, so senseless. It takes an ARK a day to remind us we can be good also.

changeiam said...

This post sends chills down my spine not only the piece about the little girl but also on the car thing. You see I'm an adrenaline junkie and sometimes I can't help but to just push myself to the limit as it gives me a indescribable kind of high that only another adrenaline junkie will understand.

It's bad and it's true that when I was young with no responsibilities and commitments I was quite the daredevil but along the way with people around me getting into accidents and some even not making it to live another day I have toned down a lot. Now everytime I am tempted to just push the fun pedal (accelerator) just a little bit more images of my loved one comes flashing through my mind and I ease of on the pedal and take it slow.

It's hard to control but causing your loved ones pain and misery is even harder so till now I'm keeping my adrenaline junkie actions to appropriate places such as the track or sanctioned events.

Thanks for the reminder on how fragile life is

Zaty said...

i was horrified that such a small child had to go through the ordeal of getting strangled, raped, and then stuffed into a bag in the wee hours of the morning while she was still, probably, alive.. but that the perpetrator shoved objects inside her as well - it's just mind-bogglingly cruel. only a psychotic would commit such an heinous crime.

onto the speed-driving issue, i really hate those who not only speed, they're also PROUD of it. i understand that some find it a challenge and love the adrenaline rush and whatever, but tho it's mean, sometimes i just hope they'd crash and burn and not hit other ppl while they're at it. why? because by driving over the speed limit they just show their selfishness. they're endangering other ppl's lives and they don't think of how his/her loved ones would react if he/she were to die. this irresponsibility and selfishness disgusts me.

i knew someone of the same age who claims to have driven over 140kmph on a normal road. i find it stupid that he's actually proud of this. it just makes him look dumb if you ask me. sure, his parents can probably afford if his car crashes and/or he gets injured, but what if lives get lost? obviously i won't feel an ounce of sadness if it's his that is (he asked for it anyway), but if other road users are involved, i'd be really pissed off. mat rempits, speedy and reckless drivers all deserve a good whack for this.

as the ads say, "ingatlah orang tersayang". not just your own, but other ppl's too, because your driving not only affect your lives, other ppl can even have a bigger impact.

sorry for the rant, zewt. heheh. these are among the major issues that i get really heated up about : sexual assaults and bad driving. =P

Jun said...

not HIV but hep c... still, quite bad leh considering it carries a risk of liver cancer o_O

zewt said...

Helen - could be a good thing... hehe...

cirnelle - it takes an ARK a day to give the world a ray of hope.

changeiam - always a pleasure my friend. and i am glad you think of your loved ones now... it's good to do the right thing. you're certainly doing it.

Zaty - hahaha... you're free to rant... freedom of speech here... controlled la... dowan to get me into trouble. your rant there is certainly ok. yeah... being proud of your folly makes one a double fool.

Jun - gee... that's bad enough. that's why, better safe than sorry.

neno said...

i used to think my parents are over protective since i am always escorted ard even if it's jus a street away.. i find it very unnecessary..
so when i started studying in KL, i enjoy goin out alone..during the day onli though..dun dare to go out at nite..kekeke..

once, when i was walking back home on my own, somewhere from behind, this guy came up to me n tried to snatch my back..i was carrying a backpack..he din manage to get the bag but i was shoved down..sort of spaced out for dunno how long..lucky for me, i am not hurt anywhere else..from then on, the sound of a motorcycle from behind can send me running..

i guess my parents are not over paranoid..jus tat the world is bcoming increasingly dangerous..my mum used to tell me tat in the past, the onli thing tat they fear is ghost..now, humans are scarier..

zewt said...

neno - thank god nothing happened to you. well, based on the way things go... one cannot be over-careful. better be safe than sorry.