War On The Net

My very good and learned friend, Bartholomew Wong told me that there is a war out there. It involves more lives than any other war and no one is spared from it, including you.

The battle is fought in a war zone that you may have unwittingly invited into your home and and it’s only one click away.

Yes, I’m talking about the Wild Wild Web. A place where the long arm of the law can be shortened and forces of law and order, and peace and security cannot adequately cover.

As I journal my reflection about it, I’m thinking about the recent “Mindef IP” case and how some of my most educated, intelligent, and upright friends had unintentionally help to perpetuate a lie. The words of a taxi driver also came to mind, “I don’t read the newspaper anymore. I get to know what’s going on from the Net.”

There is a scary war that is raging in cyberspace and much is at stake. It’s not just about human psyche but also the future of families, communities, and the world at large.

There are “strange” netizens out there promoting base instincts and the worst of hatred, anger, and all kinds of negativity. They are prepared to use lies, half truths, and misinformation or perpetuate them to consciously or unconsciously bring humanity down and achieve the worst of outcomes.

Their motives, means, and ends are not meant to be positive. If anything, they are designed to produce cascades of negative effects.

If you get involved with them online and you do not fall in line, they can be psychologically violent, vicious and vindictive. Their reaction range from rudeness to posting some of the most toxic words about you and yours publicly.

These words are crafted to abuse you, insult you, tear you apart, or in some cases, destroy you.

Some of them believe that they are like James Bond and carry a “O0 7” code. In other words, they think they have a licence to kill (emotional murder included) and will not hesitate to exercise it.

The problem is, you may not know who they are and where they are lurking behind the listing, link, and “Like” on cyberspace.

In case you’re not aware, cyber bullying has caused undue stress to many, some of whom have committed suicide. There are many untold miseries that will probably take more than the storage space on your digital device to recount.

The Internet war can break out and continue on almost any site.

For example, I have participated in religious discussions with people who claimed to be God-fearing and righteous. Guess what? They can be equally vitriolic and vengeful, and detrimental and destructive.

Enter cyberspace at your own risk but be prepared to ring fence  yourself. Safeguard your sanity and sense making abilities.

Find out who are the people behind the online site, their objective and modus operandi. Check their track record and past comments before participating in it.

Most people who share their views online have not conducted any meaningful research and given deep enough thoughts about them. Therefore, don’t believe everything you read and more importantly, protect yourself from any negative repercussion.

Ensure that you’ll get positive outcomes from your foray on the Net, not just for yourself but also for others.

The best way to avoid having trouble with trouble makers is to stay  away from them. Don’t believe for a moment that you are strong enough to handle them, individually or collectively.

Log out from them and stay out. Period.

In addition, go to  privacy setting features of the social media sites and block war mongers and  bullies from your site. You can also seek counsel and and comfort from people who are specialists in this area.

If the situation becomes life-threatening, do a photo grab of the comments or save them on your hard disks and other devices.  They can be used as evidence when you lodge a report at the police station.

May the good people on cyberspace rise up and turn the tide. Let good triumph over evil in this post modern warfare.

Netizens and netizens-to-be, welcome to the 21st Century war zone.



I hope this message will find a place in your heart.

By the way, I have also recorded other reflections.

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For my opinions on social affairs, please visit my Transformation blog at http://hsrpatrickliew.wordpress.com/

Please visit my website, http://www.patrickliew.net

Please read my reflection and continue to teach me.

Life is FUNtastic!


About Patrick Liew
About Patrick Liew Patrick Liew MBA, MSc, BSc is the Managing Partner of Global Enterprise Exchange Pte. Ltd.. He is also the founder and director of Success Resources, arguably the world’s largest personal development seminar organiser and a major shareholder of a company, which is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. He was previously the Executive Chairman and CEO of HSR Global Ltd., a publicly listed company on SGX-ST. Previously, he was the regional director of the Gartner Group, providing strategic advisory and planning services to governments, banks and MNCs. He was also the regional head of sales and marketing operation for Dow Jones Telerate. Patrick graduated with a BSc in Estate Management from Heriot Watt University, an MSc with emphasis in global business and marketing from The City University Of New York, and an MBA from Henley Business School / Brunel University. He has also earned more than nine other professional qualifications. Patrick is arguably the first person to develop a multimedia e-learning programme on entrepreneurship. He authored a Chinese book on business systems and was also the co-author of a Times Bookshop best-selling book. Patrick has conducted both ‘brick and mortar’ and online lessons for participants from more than 60 countries. He has also conducted keynote presentations in many international conferences, including being the first Singaporean to teach at the National Association of Realtors. Through his team at Success Resources, Patrick has organised educational conferences for prominent leaders such as President Bill Clinton, Prime Minister Tony Blair, Michael Porter, Richard Branson, Robert Kiyosaki, Donald Trump, and many other prominent leaders. Patrick provides leadership and advisory services to many professional and charity organisations. He is actively involved in supporting humanitarian, philanthropic and charity causes. He has organised three fund-raising events and in the process, help to set three national records in the Singapore Books Of Records. Patrick won the Entrepreneur Of the Year Award For Social Contribution, the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Award, and six other business awards. Patrick believes the best way to live your life is to live your life for others. The more you reach out to bless other lives, the richer and better your life will become. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A Personal Note to my Friends The articles that I post online; or what I term as Love Notes, are written with the purpose of inspiring readers to live at a higher plane in life. They are also meant to motivate those who are struggling in life and help them find handlers to overcome their conflicts and challenges. It is my ardent hope that we will form networks and alliances of like-minded people who will put to right many of the wrongs in our midst. Together, we will leverage on each other's resources and create a synergistic impact in making our world a better home. These articles are written as part of regular reflection about the vicissitudes of life. They are at best work in progress and at worst, grumblings, grouses, and gripings of a finite old man. I have deliberately decided NOT to delete many of the articles and pointers that I may not agree with or are outrightly wrong. This is to keep a record of how my personal ideas, beliefs, and values have evolved over time. In addition, I hope to encourage readers by letting them know that I also make mistakes and am struggling with many of the complexity and complication in life. As long as we hang on to hope and work on finding a solution, there will be light at the end of whatever tunnel we are in. I do not pretend to know everything or for that matter, anything of substance. In fact, the more I study, learn, and think about the vast wisdom and knowledge out there, the more I realised how little I know about life and the ways of life. Hence, I have always ended my article by asking readers to continue to teach me. For I, too, am a sojourner in the exploration of truth and the adventure of finding meaning, purpose, and significance for my existence. I am proud of and make no apology for being a Christian, albeit not the most exemplary one. I believe our Creator can lead and guide us to be the best that we can ever be. I bear full responsibility for the shortcoming and error in my life, including my words. The fault is entirely mine and not due to anyone else. Readers have and can exercise the power of choice. They can discard what will not work for them and adopt those that can propel them further and faster in the pursuit of better performance, outcomes, and fulfillment. If I have disappointed or hurt you in any way, form, or manner, I would like to apologise to you. Please do not hold them against me or whoever or whatever is related to me. There are much to pray about, learn, and do. And I'll work on them with a sense of urgency. I hold on to the belief that 'Anything worth doing is worth doing with passion and excellence'. I'll endeavour to live by it. Life is short. There's no dress rehearsal and neither can we turn back the clock to change the drama of life. Therefore, by the grace and power of our Creator, let's live a full life and live it to the fullest. May God bless you abundantly on the journey of life. Your online servant, Patrick Liew I hope this message will find a place in your heart. By the way, I have also recorded other reflections. Please 'Like' me on https://m.facebook.com/patrickliewsg Visit my Inspiration blog at https://liewinspiration.wordpress.com/ For my opinions on social affairs, please visit my Transformation blog at http://hsrpatrickliew.wordpress.com/ Please visit my website, http://www.patrickliew.net Please read my reflection and continue to teach me. Life is FUNtastic!

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