"That is impossible!!! changing Brazil? - Nobody can do it", you probably weighed.
Lee Kuan Yew did it!
Lee Kuan Yew was one of the few people who managed to realize the dream of born in a country, identify its problems, change them, and live in his own utopia.
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|To achieve an effective change, it is necessary that we stop being repetitive in meaningless tasks, we should re-assess our strategy and then, depart for the action.|
"We have to do differently! Or else we will not survive". This was the recurring appeal of Lee Kuan Yew for the people of Singapore during the first years of its independence.
Adherent to the discipline, Lee advocated severe punishment for social offenses, including physical punishment, theorizing without inhibition on the pedagogical power of example to influence collective behaviour, forbidding them to spit on the ground, making little noise in their own homes, strongly combating vandalism of public goods and hence the crime.
Last March 23, 2015 we have lost the protagonist of one of the great economic success stories in the world, Singapore owes much of its prosperity to a record of honest and pragmatic government, the legacy of Lee Kuan Yew, who has died aged 91. He retired as prime minister in 1990 but his influence shaped government policy until his death, and will continue to do so beyond.
In an emotional televised address, his son Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong paid tribute to him.
"He fought for our independence, built a nation where there was none, and made us proud to be Singaporeans. We won't see another man like him."
Mr Lee oversaw Singapore's independence from Britain and separation from Malaysia. His death was announced early on Monday. He had been in hospital for several weeks with pneumonia and was on life support.
Why LKY was able to make it:
1) Most (political) leaders are too self-serving and power-hungry (and even if they don’t start out that way, the winner effect has a tendency to warp their brains over time). That may be what happened to Napoleon;
2) Few people have the raw intelligence and rational ability required;
3) How many people have the strength of character to give up their entire lives to building a corporation or a country?
4) Most countries are too culturally and ideologically messed-up by popular opinion to accept the notion of a benevolent dictatorship;
5) Most (larger) countries have too many vested interests of different sorts, and corruption already runs too deep.
|Adherent of the discipline, Lee advocated severe punishment for social offenses|
Some Lessons of Wisdom to Learn from LKY
#1 The Importance of incentives
Putting the right incentives in place is THE single most important factor determining the long-term success of an organization, corporation, or a country. It is the leadership’s role to assume that people will game the system ruthlessly, and therefore make it as hard as humanly possible to do that.
Unlike many other countries–such as Sweden, where most politicians are incompetent–LKY, like Napoleon, Caesar, and the Founding Fathers, understood that government must be meritocratic.
#2 The importance of prevention: Be ruthless with wrongdoers
LKY, like many other intelligent people, understands the importance of prevention.
Mistakes should never have to be fixed, they should be prevented.
Most problems stem from incompetence or negative psychology (bad habits and lack of discipline), and as such they have a strong tendency to repeat themselves, especially on a countrywide level. It is nearly impossible to fix a problem once it has become culturally rooted.
The problem is that most people are not able to think long-term and deal with incremental change.
Instead, they make the mistake of allowing problems to grow like cancer, until they cannot be stopped. Only then does the media start reporting on it – in a not-so-constructive way, asking: “Who is to blame!?”
Playing the blame game is for children.
Grown-ups think in terms of prevention.
#3 The importance of public perception
Not only did LKY put in the right financial incentives, thereby attracting the most competent ministers, but he also increased the respect and status by which the Singaporean politicians and statesmen are treated with.
LKY set a strict policy of non-acceptance against satire, crude jokes, or caricatures of himself and the leadership:
“If you keep on mocking your leader, poking fun at him, everyday, and he has no right to reply, it is very difficult for him to command your respect”.
#4 Human beings are not equal–and never will be!
Only a person with a strong character can speak the truth, especially when his position in life depends on it. Fortunately, LKY was such an individual, and he dared to dish out ‘harsh truths’:
The human being is an unequal creature. This is a fact.
All great religions, all great movements, all great political ideologies start off saying ‘let’s make the human being as equal as possible’. In fact, he is NOT equal–never will be.
True to his word, in an interview during 2013 at Shell’s 120th anniversary, LKY was asked “what is the meaning of life?”, and answered the following:
Life is what you make of it. You’re dealt a pack of cards, your DNA is fixed by your mother and your father. . . Your job is to do the best of the cards you were dealt.
#5 Do not trust or follow mainstream media, popular culture, and set your own course
I have never been overconcerned or obsessed with opinion polls or popularity polls. I think a leader who is, is a weak leader.
In many countries, like the U.S, elections are based on polling and popular media. It’s called populism. Politics has become similar to entertainment TV and reality shows. LKY wouldn’t have that, and (rightly so) put his foot down.
Besides, opinion polls and focus groups are not to be trusted. People lie or answer under a pretence of political correctness.
Should we create the party LKY, the "People's Action Party" (PAP, in English: People's Action Party, Simplified Chinese 人民 行动 党 pinyin: Rénmín Xíngdòngdǎng) here in Brazil? Would we succeed in having the ideology and methods in full use here?
The forces of nature show that Chaos is the antagonist of cosmos, in the same way the waves are preceded by undertows, that left parties intercalates power with to right party. Thus, after the disorder we must surely have the long awaited order – I just don’t know how it will come.