Little Dutch Boy, The
by Peter Miller
Dutch legend has it that there was once a small boy who upon passing a dyke on his way to school noticed a slight leak as the sea trickled in through a small hole. Knowing that he would be in trouble if he were to be late for school, the boy pocked his finger into the hole and so stemmed the flow of water. Some time later a passerby saw him and went to get help. This came in the form of other men who were able to effect repairs on the dyke and seal up the leak.
This story is told to children to teach them that if they act quickly and in time, even they with their limited strength and resources can avert disasters. The fact that the Little Dutch Boy used his finger to stop the flow of water, is used as an illustration of self-sacrifice. The physical lesson is also taught: a small trickle of water soon becomes a stream and the stream a torrent and the torrent a flood sweeping all before it, Dyke material, roadways and cars, and even railway tracks and bridges and whole trains.
This tale originates from the American writer Mary Mapes Dodge and is in fact not a real myth, although many people believe it is. She published this tale in ‘Hans Brinker, or the Silver Skates’ in 1865. The Little Dutch Boy is a very popular myth in the United States (and other countries), but is not well known in the Netherlands and has probably been imported there by American tourists.
Only the top 1% of immigrants bring along their money to startup businesses that help the local economy, the other 99% depends on the Singapore Economy to sustain themselves and sent money back to their families. When time is up they go home, how many really becomes PRs or settle down here, I am sure the government has statistics but do not dare to reveal them. LKY must be the God of Wealth to continue to sustain these people, but fact is they have displaced many Singaporeans and caused many to lose their rice bowls, unless our God of Wealth continues to provide, you will see the downhill of Singapore where the leaks now amounts to a tsunami of problems which the Army of Singapore cannot hold back. The government only knows how to throw money thinking that will solve the problems but did not get to the root, whereby causing more problems instead. We shall see how long this can last when all the people’s CPF savings is used up.
No money where to get? From it’s citizens, everything must pay “Market prices”. Singapore is a place only for the rich, the poor cannot afford to live here, even you are the rich, you will run away even your fortunes will not last a lifetime in this state, there are plenty other countries with better living standards than the “peace and security” here.
– Contributed by Oogle.