Tuesday, 16 September 2008

Switching Allegiance

With thanks to daily Mail.
Is switching allegiance an easy thing to do?

This thought came to my mind from all the brouhaha on the supposed crossover and other shenanigans of our politicians even as Lehman filed for bankruptcy and AIG goes begging for funds to stay afloat.

Switching means that you will be accepting new standards, new philosophies, new friends, new everything.

To some, switching represents something exciting: whole new vista of newness in everything, but for others, especially those entrenched in routines, this entirely alien landscape can be quite frightening to say the least.

The young amongst us would cherish such an adventurous streak of stepping into the unknown – albeit one that promises many, many sweet things, uncertain they might be – but it would be the elders who would be feeling left behind.

This unfortunate visage is appropriate to a whole lot of things and not just Saudara Anwar and his 916 (now passed) promise to the Malaysia populace – equal or unequally divided can only be ascertained by way of a referendum.

It could be applied on relationships, for example.

One should however be prepared for some emotional roller coaster ride and by the time it ends and reality intrudes, things could either be for the better or for worse.

Great if it turns out the former, but if it’s the latter, you’d better hope there is a way back, and that the other party you had left behind is willing to forgive.

Fortunately, unlike relationships, politics breeds a whole different kettle of personalities; those especially adept in charades to cater for the different crowd they face.

In all probability, they will accept you back.

Whether or not they will forgive is another question altogether.

Status quo, anyone?

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