Posts Tagged ‘Samuel Johnson’

If love is blind, patriotism has lost all five senses

November 2, 2013
Samuel JohnsonPatriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel”
All the dictators’ last attempt is to use ultra-Nationalism to be able to continue ruling the country…. …
“Well, there are people who think that it’s right to do any thing in the name of their religion, their race, their family, or any organization to which they may belong.”
I believe that Ko Htike is wrong by just generalizaing like this

အာဏာရွင္ လက္ေအာက္မွာ ႏိုင္ငံေရး ေခါင္းစဥ္က တစ္ခုတည္းရယ္။
ဒီမိုကေရစီ ရရွိေရး .. ေပါ့။

ရန္သူကလည္း တစ္ခုတည္းရယ္။
အာဏာရွင္ စစ္အစိုးရေပါ့။

The Top Ten Lessons Steve Jobs Can Teach Us – If We’ll Listen

September 22, 2011
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  1. The most enduring innovations marry art and science
  2. To create the future, you can’t do it through focus groups
  3. Never fear failure
  4. You can’t connect the dots forward – only backward
  5. Listen to that voice in the back of your head that tells you if
    you’re on the right track or not
  6. Expect a lot from yourself and others
  7. Don’t care about being right.  Care about succeeding
  8. Find the most talented people to surround yourself with
  9. Stay hungry, stay fool
  10. Anything is possible through hard work, determination, and a
    sense of vision


Of patriots and scoundrels

August 28, 2011

Edited and adapted to Burmanize from the, “Of patriots and scoundrels” by Hazlan Zakaria from Malaysiakini

‘Playing at war, as kids often do, I was always the one dying under the flag – defending my country to the last, the doomed protector keeping a nation safe by selfless action.’

I was, admittedly, a product of mass-produced patriotism, so common in the
movie industries’ endless parade of itinerant war movies. Growing up, I was
touched by Hollywood. Or as some would sometimes say, touched in the head. (more…)

I am an internationalist who is loyal to both Myanmar and Malaysia

March 6, 2011

I am loyal to both Myanmar and Malaysia. I love both countries and the citizens of both countries. I am a Patriotic person but could be even called a  internationalist in the cosmopolitan context by definition which implies cooperation among nations and states, and therefore the peaceful coexistence of nations. May be I regarded myself as a political cosmopolitanist. I used to look forward for the ASEAN integration or Asean Union like EU. Cooperating with the neighbour states, China, India and others.

“Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel,” said Samuel Johnson. So, Who dare to call Muhammad Ali a traitor because he refused to be conscripted into the U.S. military, based on his religious beliefs and opposition to the Vietnam War.


Last refuge of a scoundrel

November 11, 2010
"Find the range of your patriotism by enl...

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Extracted and edited from MKini, “Last refuge of a scoundrel” by Kee Thuan Chye
Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.” So said Samuel Johnson, the famous British man of letters. He is believed to have said that to condemn the false use of the term “patriotism”.

 “When you want to malign some people, you call them unpatriotic”.

More than that, it is indeed false patriotism to say that if you don’t join the army, you are not patriotic. Nothing could be more ridiculous than that. It is the same kind of thinking that goes along these lines – “if you are not with me, then you are not patriotic”. This, of course, is the ultimate hogwash.