Opposition parties and Buddhist Societies

Meant to write this since the GE2006:
 
What is joining an opposition party in Singapore and joining a buddhist youth society strikingly similar?
 
1. The country is dominated by the ruling party, and talents get co-opted into the ruling party. Christianity has dominance in the youth age group, and is steady in gaining youth conversions from so-called Buddhists.
 
2. The people have a low opinion of the opposition. Youths who say they are Buddhists know next to nothing of Buddhism – they only have all the misconceptions.
 
3. The ruling party gets more media air-time and publicity. Christianity gets more media air-time and publicity – the world is westernising, afterall.
 
4. The ruling party has more money – a LOT more money – to carry out their propaganda and have a posh-er image. Churches have more money – a LOT more money – to carry out their propaganda and have a posh-er image.
 
5. The ruling party dominates all the grassroots organisations and unions and there is nowhere that their fingers do not reach. Christianity has a dominant presence in the schools, universities, charity groups and businesses, and there is nowhere that their fingers do not reach.
 
6. The opposition has a poor infrastructure and is poorly organised. Buddhist groups have POOR infrastructure and are BADLY ORGANISED. Comparitively.
 
7. The opposition is starting to get their act together – or they are at least trying. The Buddhist youth groups are trying to get their act together too…
 
8. There has been a surge of interest and willingness in professionals to join opposition parties. There has been a surge in youth interest and willingness to find out more about Buddhism.
 
9. It’s going to take decades of hard work to make the opposition a First World and formidable one to the opposition party. It’s going to take decades of hard work to make Buddhism on equal competitive terms with Christianity.
 
10. Meanwhile the opposition will just keep failing at the General Elections. Meanwhile Buddhist youths will keep suffering setbacks and feel demoralised at the upstream battle in attracting youth interest.
 
So why do people still join the opposition if they know all odds are against them, and they may very possibly be persecuted and their future ruined? Because they believe in the cause. And they put self-sacrifice before their own interests.
 
Why do people still join Buddhist youth groups if they know they are in an almost impossible task? Because they believe in the principle in Buddhism, and they do not wish to see the principles lost to the tides of conversions.
 
Just as there are fools in the opposition who are content to just market themselves as a tiny complaining voice in parliament with no power, there are some amongst the Buddhists (not fools, perhaps… just people who resign to the dharma degeneration fate) and are just content to educate whoever has enough commitment and interest. Both the opposition and Buddhism would be then doomed to failure. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy.
 
Only by setting the goal of being a viable alternative government will the opposition have any hope of survival against the ruling party’s attempts to wipe them out. Only by setting the goal of being a dominant youth religion will Buddhism survive against the advances of Christianity – also to wipe us out. Face it.
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