Short post before I go to bed. It’s a reflection to this post by Björn Wahlroos. Wahlroos basically argued that weak political leadership will cause the further downfall of Finland’s economy. I concur largely.
I really don’t understand why people still can’t (or refuse to) see that the macroeconomic crisis in Finland requires changes to policy, and this in turn requires strong political leadership and execution. If there is no execution to excellent planned political initiatives, then basically it means that things will not change.
Er–why is this so hard to understand? And what are you basing your optimism on–voodoo? A second Nokia that will miraculously appear? =) Sure, go ahead to believe in that then.
Systems are in place because people in power put them there. This implies that behind every system are strong supporting interest groups that prevent its collapse. Why fight with these strong supporting interest groups–do you seriously think you can win these strong interest groups, or are you that naive to expect the system to miraculously change for you?
You know, a few years ago when I was still young and naive, I thought I–just one individual–could change systems. Thing is: If I’d been taught while growing up that I can “change the world”, why can’t I change systems?
How foolish that was! I learnt this year that it is close to impossible to change systems, unless you have power. Why should any system give a damn about you?
What is power? I define power as cultural, political or financial might.
- Cultural power/capital implies that you can influence people to side with you via heritage, or knowledge of the arts;
- Political power means you have the network or influence to get people of certain groups to work with you;
- Financial power means that you have money to either outsource the influence (i.e. getting persuasive people to work for you towards vision, or simply just hire some assassins to kill the folks against you.
So to people who think they can “change the world”, haha–please wake up, just as I did. Most of us are nobodies in Finland, anyway.
It’s however, easier to change yourself. And this is why I choose to leave.
Why would my choice matter to you, unless it somehow awakens the inner demon you are fighting against?
I choose to align myself with systems I agree with. And thankfully, I have a Singaporean system to go back to, in spite of all its flaws.