Saturday, August 22, 2009

~ from The Madman, by Kahlil Gibran

How I Became A Madman

You ask me how I became a madman. It happened thus: One day, long before many gods were born, I woke from a deep sleep and found all my masks were stolen -- the seven masks I have fashioned and worn in seven lives -- I ran maskless through the crowded streets shouting, "Thieves, thieves, the cursed thieves."

Men and women laughed at me and some ran to their houses in fear of me.

And when I reached the market place, a youth standing on a house-top cried, "He is a madman." I looked up to behold him; the sun kissed my own naked face for the first time. For the first time the sun kissed my own naked face and my soul was inflamed with love for the sun, and I wanted my masks no more. And as if in a trance I cried, "Blessed, blessed are the thieves who stole my masks."

Thus I became a madman.

And I have found both freedom and safety in my madness; the freedom of loneliness and the safety from being understood, for those who understand us enslave something in us.

But let me not be too proud of my safety. Even a Thief in a jail is safe from another thief.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

and another one about H1N1

we've seen daily statements by the Minister of Health, the DG of Health, the DPM, the PM, and various Ministers (one discouraged public events, at an event in which he officiated - what hypocrisy).

why aren't there any announcements by our Infectious Diseases Physicians from Sungai Buloh, our Epidemiologists from university hospitals, and Public Health Physicians from the ministry? i think that THEY are the ones more qualified to make announcements, and not politicians, who should keep quiet in times of crises and leave it to the well-trained.


how about a play in three acts? check this out:

Friday, August 07, 2009

The Flu

tuberculosis. cancers. motor vehicle accidents. heart attacks. surgeries. pneumonias. HIV/AIDS. diarrhoeas. malaria. neonatal infections. strokes. tobacco. alcohol. heroin. cocaine.

these are some of the diseases that kill more people than H1N1. as of today, there has been 1446 deaths among the 199,146 confirmed cases worldwide. that's 0.7%. and most of them have got co-morbidities anyway, making any infection more dangerous in them. any infection at all, including the common cold.

why are we being hypocrites and wearing masks? shouldn't we also stop smoking, stop drinking, stop driving recklessly? shouldn't we also be alarmed by the epidemic of obesity and of tobacco?

H1N1 is a dangerous disease admittedly, but only in those at extremes of age, pregnant, and with other co-morbidities like heart disease, obesity, asthma, diabetes or low immunity. don't overkill ourselves please.

please, let's all keep calm and don't panic. please.