It has never been easier for a story to be shared. Just by clicking on the share button in your social media feed, you could spread something to a large number of people easily.
But before you click on that share button, do you read the entire story in detail? Do you verify the source? And do you check to see if there are alternative perspectives to the story?
We need to stop over-glorifying sacrifice. It’s noble, yes. It’s for the greater good, no doubt.
Doing great work doesn’t justify the neglect of family and other relationships. It doesn’t justify the loss of balance in someone’s life.
When executing a project or a new programme, details matter. You can’t always talk about big, fluffy ideas that don’t mean anything. Otherwise, it’s just all talk and no action.
What product should you build exactly? How would the new online program look like exactly? What materials do you need to conduct your workshop?
But although details mater, they don’t matter that much at the start.
As we seek to build a fairer and more inclusive society, we need to think carefully about the kind of policies we are advocating.
As a millennial, we grew up in relative affluence. So it’s easy for us to subscribe to ideologies that sound great in theory.
Who doesn’t want a fairer and more inclusive society?
But as that remains our goal, we cannot forget about the need for individual responsibility.
Ideas are just that – ideas that float around in your head.
You might have verbalised that. You might have shared them with others. But the fear of the results of your ideas could prevent you from generating and executing them.
Will your ideas work?
As a freelancer, you are self-employed. So you have great flexibility in how you work. You get to set your price. You can choose the hours you work.
But that very same flexibility can become a double-edged sword.
You might not have considered the boundaries of what you would and would not do. Especially if you are new and trying to establish yourself in a certain field.
We live in a society where we esteem some jobs more highly than others. So much so that somebody thought of polling the public on their perception of essential and non-essential jobs. Besides being a question that we shouldn’t even be asking, I think it’s also important that we recognise the dignity of all kinds of labour.
It’s one thing for local authorities to consider what is essential or not to determine the best way to contain the spread of Covid-19.
However, it’s another thing for those of us not in the position of planning the containment of Covid-19 to determine what is essential or not.
In our culture, we tend to dismiss roles that don’t generate the most income or the greatest convenience. But it’s not right to say that they are non-essential.
We are almost halfway through 2020. And what an eventful year we’ve had.
At the same time, it has been a divisive year. Inequalities everywhere came into the spotlight. It’s not just the divide between the haves and the have-nots. There are also issues of racism. And divide between ideologies in global politics.
With so many conflicts going on, you wonder whether our nations can be healed. And will the second half of the year be better?