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Excuse me, are those bootprints on your backside?

May 26, 2009

Seriously, I didn’t know whether to laugh or feel outraged by the story of Chen Fuchao, the out-of-luck dude who threatened to commit suicide in China and got a “helping hand.” Some jackass got tired of the drama, reached out and pushed him over the bridge he was perching on.

Thankfully tragedy was averted. Chen is recovering from his injuries at a hospital and his pusher is in custody. I don’t think either party will be repeating that stunt anytime soon.

But you know what? That story got me thinking. Don’t we all have a bit of Chen Fuchao in us? I mean, at some point haven’t we ever threatened to do something bad, you know, like “take one more step and I’ll kiss you” sort of thing? And then we’d chicken out at the last moment?

If you haven’t, then perhaps you’ve met these types: a wannabe businessman who threatens to set up his own business but doesn’t. A band member who threatens to go solo but doesn’t. A chain smoker who threatens to quit but doesn’t.

Until someone or something comes along and pushes them over the ledge.

As I said, there are many Chen Fuchaos walking among us with metaphorical bootprints on our backsides. Not because we’re naughty kids but because sometimes it’s the only thing that works to get our butts moving, the sorry asses that we are.

Okie dokes, back to work.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. May 26, 2009 11:54 am

    well , chicks always say ..”i can’t take this anymore”

    and in the end , they still take it 😛 ..
    threaten to leave , but noooo ..they’re just waiting for your power ego-free confession move.

    i mean , think about it ,a true “i can’t take this anymore” is kinda powerful don’t you think..

    Been there, done that eh? 😀

  2. May 26, 2009 12:59 pm

    In the past long ago, a few ex-colleagues had asked me to draft and type for them resignation letters. And those that i had typed the resignations did not resign. Later I learnt that they were all not serious to leave, they just reacted that way according to the feelings at that point of time, maybe either to threaten or to test their superior, situation.

    And they got you to type their resignation letters? Haha…

  3. May 26, 2009 3:51 pm

    I think most of us should have a few bootprints (which we may prefer to hide) accummulated throughout our lives. But there are some Lai Jianshengs we may want to thank for making up our minds for us when we hesitated and would have missed those opportunities but for that decisive boot in the butt.

    Funny, I don’t seem to see Lai as the bad guy here. Maybe he knew there was an inflated cushion on the ground. Someone had to make a hard decision. Perhaps when you mollycoddle people it won’t make them into a dynamic society. Sometimes decision makers have to put the shoe on the other foot. Like what Dirty Harry did when he said to the bad guy, “Go ahead, make my day”.

    From the report, I think that Lai fellow did what he did becoz he got fed up that the incident caused traffic to be backed up for 5 hours. So while he says the guy he pushed was acting selfishly, he too was being selfish for forcibly eliminating others to satisfy himself. It looks like a damned if you do, damned if you don’t situation.

  4. LC Teh permalink
    May 26, 2009 9:39 pm

    … which brings back to mind the episode in P Ramlee’s movie where he tried to commit suicide and was prevented from it at every attempt and he finally said, “Nak hidup susah, nak mati pun susah”…

    The Lai fellow was an ex-army guy, and they’re famous for discipline and living in tough conditions… and solving problems the way he did.

    Haha, translation please. Yeah the PLA is a tough bunch, and you probably don’t wanna put Lai in charge of the nukes. He might just say, “20 years is long enough for peace negotiations. Well, I just fired our first ballistic missile.” 🙂

  5. May 27, 2009 8:28 am

    mmm many of us do behave that way. we always think ppl will feel sorry for whatever they’ve done to us, so we want to PROVE to them that they are wrong and we are right. but when we’re at that edge, the fear of CHANGE actually ends up stronger than our will to PROVE to other people.

    The guy basically got himself deep in debt (a bad business call?). He wanted a quick end but like you said, the fear was to overwhelming. I actually feel sorry for folks like these. Immense suffering whichever way they turn.

  6. May 27, 2009 3:10 pm

    “Nak hidup susah, nak mati pun susah”… = want to live is difficult, want to die also difficult…

    Maybe they should send that Lai guy to the Middle-east… 42 years is a long time to be bombing each other and killing innocent citizens.

    I think Lai is emerging in North Korea as we speak. The missiles have been fired.

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