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Bak kwa lesson

Posted on: January 4, 2019

Time is a human construct. It is on that basis that we are in the year 2019.

If you take the lunar calendar into account, the new year only arrives on 5 Feb. The Year of the Dog makes way for the Year of the Pig.

One of the hottest items that people here will queue endlessly for is bak kwa (pork jerky).

Last week I wondered out loud to my wife if there was something wrong with selling, buying, or pigging out on bak kwa in the Year of the Pig. I should have looked online first because I found this image:

Yes, there is bak kwa in the shape of pig silhouettes. While bak kwa can be eaten all year, I have no doubt that some will take advantage of this once-in-twelve year joke.

We live in an Information Age because it (information, not bak kwa) is so readily available. But it might just as well be an Ignorant Age if we do not bother to look, or worse, not know how to. In the worst case, we do not know if what we find is valid and reliable.

Piggy Year or not, it is a timeless mindset to be skeptical and a timeless skill set to problem seek and then problem solve. We could all use some timeless reminding of this timeless message:

The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read or write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn. — Alvin Toffler

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