Category: Random Thoughts

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.

June 12, 2020

A time for empathy

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?

Even though whatever problems you might be facing now might seem insurmountable, remember that problems can usually be broken down into smaller segments.

I recently came across someone’s social media post alleging that an article on a mainstream media outlet fabricated details about the person’s story. However, which story it was and what it was about is not important.

But what I think is important is how we discern between truths and stories.

In this era when a lot of things are fake news, how do we know what’s real? Or what’s fake?

If there’s a silver lining in this difficult season, it’s probably the gift of a slower pace of life. Yes, the isolation has affected some negatively and others have completely lost their incomes. But for others, being forced to slow down might be a good thing.

There are real needs. And then there are perceived needs. But often we confuse our perceived needs with our real needs, thinking that whatever we think we need, we truly need them.

Now that governments are stepping out to help people through this difficult time, people with needs become even more visible. Yet governments deal with entire nations, so they can’t tell exactly which needs are real and which are perceived.

But we can as individuals.

Breathe.

Take a step back.

Have a good look at the situation around you from afar. Not from thick in the midst of others who are panicking.

Oh, and maybe. Just maybe. Stay away from the news and social media.

January 28, 2020

2 main ways of competing

Competition seems to be all about winning at the expense of others in our society.

And I think there might be 2 main ways we could go about doing this.

November 13, 2019

Live, work and play

There is an idea in urban planning called ‘live, work and play’ that aims to allow people to – like what the phrase suggests – live, work and play in the same area. It is perhaps becoming somewhat of a trend right now. More and more mixed-use developments are sprouting. Huge multi-use complexes are being […]