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With everything happening in the world right now, we need to be part of the solution.

Dear youth in Singapore,

If you've been following the recent presidential elections in the United States, you might agree that it's been a rollercoaster ride of a campaign. So many were shocked by the results (myself included), wondering, "How could this be?"

I don't know if I've fully processed everything that's happened, but when I take a step back, I couldn’t help but think about how this might look in Singapore, even if the United States might be on the other side of the world.

If there's one thing I've learned from this, is that we cannot take the peace and stability we have for granted.

Now, more than ever, we need to listen, even to the things we don't want to hear. We cannot continue to live in bubble and assume that Singapore will always a place of stability and harmony.


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Especially since we come from a place of privilege, we need to take those lenses off and look at what's happening. We need to listen to those who might share different experiences and backgrounds, because that's how we will truly know our identity as Singaporeans, and what we can stand for together.

A few weeks ago, I got into a heated discussion with someone who had very different opinions from my own. I was so upset, I almost removed myself from the conversation. But I caught myself and realised that rather than pushing aside his beliefs and continuing to believe that my way of seeing the world was the only way, I chose to listen.

It definitely wasn't easy, but listening to his views taught me a lot about the pain, anger and hurt he was feeling. It also showed me where I had been blindsided in seeing the things that were causing him pain, and gave me a place to work from to emphathise and attempt to understand his position.

We need to be part of the solution.


SO GET UP, AND GET INVOLVED. AND REMEMBER THAT GETTING INVOLVED DOESN'T HAVE TO LOOK A CERTAIN WAY.

Whether it's getting to know the aunty that lives in the same block as you who you always see in the void deck but never really talked to, signing up for a 'Regardless of Religion' DMZ Dinner with the Thought Collective to meet people from different religious backgrounds, starting your own community project or joining our Thankful Thursday community meetings at The Hidden Good, you can make a difference where you are.

Even when it's dark outside, let us create our own light. And be a light for others, especially in times of darkness. Because we are truly stronger together.

Thanks to The Hidden Good for this article contribution!