Was in KL last week for a few reasons. One of them was to attend Ravi Zacharias' dialogue with Dr. Syed Hussein. I expected it to be somewhat apologetical but was mistaken. Watched 2 movies there. Click and Nacho Libre. Both comedic but very different production. When i came back to Singapore, went to watch My Super Ex-Girlfriend. Needed that dose of comedy to get me going.
During my spent-time with Pui Yee, learnt something called 'agent of socialization' from her. It's the medium between culture and people. It's the 'where' of a cultural date being transmited to the observer. For eg. language is an 'agent' (correct me if i am wrong). Illuminating.
Leon Jackson has been graciously allowed me to stay at his place. Besides the hospitality, he blessed me with some of his studies, especially in the area of viewing ethic. Am grateful for such illumination.
Had lunch with Teresa on Monday. Was amazed by her Roman Catholic tradition of saying grace. We had a good conversation in regards of her view on economics and religion and philosophy. She champions the Free Trade market. Another illumination.
Tuesday's worldview class by Rev. Burke was none the less illuminating. We talked about a biblical view of vocation. After going through the eyes of seeing vocation through Creation, Fall and Redemption (ala Francis Schaeffer & Nancy Pearcey), i asked suspiciously "How broad can this paradigm being applied?" (with suspicion that this paradigm is not practical in today's world on ALL vocation). Then i asked "can a Christian works with Coca-Cola?" Rev. Burke said "why not?". I replied "because Coke is not a healthy drink. There isn't anything good in it. So, if a Christian knowing that it is a bad drink, can he still work with the company?"
These questions led me to think of other vocation such as prostitution. It seems like there is an unnecessary bias towards this vocation compared to others, such as Coca Cola, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Merc-Benz etc. I still can't see the intrinsic difference between a prostitute and a Coca Cola marketer. Both fallen jobs, but why one to be accepted in this part of the world, while the other is not? Coca Cola is being accepted because of it's been socially accepted. Prostitution is not because it's not being accepted by our societies. But how about countries like New Zealand and Australia where prostitution is legal and socially acceptable?