Last weekend, I suddenly wondered what is happening now 10 years ago in society? I used the Wayback Machine storage tool and accessed VnExpress in July 2009.

At that time, VnExpress's current section was still called "Social". I clicked on the Social section, skimmed the news about college admissions in 2009. Perhaps readers remember that the beginning of July each year was a fixed time for this great competition. And there, and in the educational news, I read quite a strange news.

It is the account of a meeting of the HCMC People's Council. The atmosphere looks tense. Delegates expressed dissatisfaction with the answer of the Director of the Department of Transport due to traffic congestion and flooding problem.

And one delegate said: "If the Department cannot do it, then let me". The solution against flooding, "simply encourages each household to have its own reservoir," the representative said.

It was July 2009. It took nearly a week after this statement, Yahoo 360 was killed, Facebook took off to become the dominant social networking platform in Vietnam. If this statement appears today, it may create another level of attention.

If it were spoken today, thanks to an accident on social networks, this idea could be more closely dissected. A lot of questions arise: "Encouraging" how is the highest land price in Vietnam? Why doesn't the city dig large public lakes that each household should have? Where do urban areas with multiple apartments dug?

It is possible that after arguing at the social level, we will discover that every household living on the surface of Saigon, instead of building a land or noodle shop, dig a small lake. , the city will become much more livable. No longer flooded. The price of the remaining real estate will increase even more when the land is fully built. We will have a city of millions, the world's tourists will come crowded, flycam flying in the sky to capture the countless small sparkling holes on the surface of the city. Maybe that delegate is right. This should be read by the readers, I don't want to be biased.

Anyway all is just a fiction. I came back to reality: Ho Chi Minh City was still flooded, getting worse and worse. In the past 10 years, there must have been a lot of ideas come up. Some of them are heard, some are discussed, and a few are implemented. In Marvel's language, that "million city" has existed in another universe, separated from the one we live in July 2009.

Ignoring the rationality of the idea of ​​digging, the journey back in time on the Internet raises a new question in me: in a decade, how many ideas, how many statements of the government in general, elected representatives or cadres in particular, not going to practice? How many statements about major issues have become ... talking?

The answer is simple: it is impossible to know. A thousand, ten thousand, or a hundred thousand sayings in important meetings, on important topics, later do not become a premise for anything.

Examining an idea to the end is never pointless. If it is feasible, deployment is a good idea. Ignoring is very regretful, we never know how happy people in the universe are. But if it is absurd and ungainly, the public will have the opportunity to be criticized, so that the meetings after the leaders and congressmen are more realistic.

But people cannot sit through the minutes of their meetings - even if they are posted publicly. Journalists also only selected a few details. Basically, the world of meetings and its sublime ideas, with the real world - where people live - doesn't often intersect. Many sayings in meetings, such as the story of people digging in the lake, later do nothing.

Last month I was in Hong Kong, in a very old apartment building in Dong La Bay. On the bulletin board of the apartment, there are several interesting posters. It was carefully designed, color printed on glossy paper, bilingual, coherent graphics: a picture of a smiling female congresswoman, and an overhead image of a residential area. I used the Google Translate photography tool to read the Chinese section, and understood that this congressman was inviting people to come to a meeting about an area's infrastructure problem.

In the age of the Internet, the meeting invitation, designed like a supermarket flyer, stuck on an old apartment's wall, still stopped and moved me. The representative's face on the wall clearly contained a spirit. They reach out to the public, ask for support, and demand support in return for their work. It is a very proactive attitude.

Generally speaking, there is no shortage of ways for an elected leader or delegate to raise a problem, push conflict, debate to the end, and promote their ideas. When someone thinks their ideas are important, urgent, need to be met or discussed right away, they will find a way to create that. They can gather together, digitally or with a leaflet explaining the importance of the problem, for example digging a lake. They can organize a press conference themselves. They can put a speaker on the street - or without needing a speaker like Hong Kong politicians, because this system in Vietnam is already on the electric pole - to persuade people to join in supporting them. There is a way, there is a way.

Political activities of this type are very familiar, but on foreign films. Most important ideas in Vietnam are still just spoken out in meetings. Some said it very loudly, very upset, then thought that it was a pressing expression for the people.

Ideas that affect the lives of whole cities or nations, no one is so naive enough to think that speaking out loud at meetings is complete. They need strong social mobilization and advocacy - if the owner of the idea believes it is legitimate.

And when people say things with the name of "solution", the stature seems to be important, the nature seems urgent, but the mobilization effort is not commensurate, those sentences are completely considered playable.

Lord Emperor