In olden days, coolies or workers were addicted to opium. They have to keep working to earn more money to buy opium and the vicious cycle continues. They can never stop working because they are addicted to the ‘high’ from opium and this makes the employers happy because they can continue to exploit the workers and give low pay.

Unless the workers can quit opium and upgrade their skills instead, they will forever be in the rat race.

Nowadays, the opium of the people takes on many forms. It could be branded goods, luxurious watches, posh cars, opulent condominiums. It could even be the ‘face’ value, whereby you have to keep up with peers and travel to exotic countries, lead an enviable life to show how well off you are. Some employers even give free plane tickets to encourage your indulgence.

I hope your salary will continue to increase and you will not …