—“Singapore is now not in a situation where allowing Singaporeans to hold dual citizenship will strengthen it as a people or a nation… Allowing Singaporeans to retain or acquire a second citizenship is unlikely to enhance identity but could dilute it…" (and how would you know, Mr. Teo Chee Hean; do you have dual citizenship? have you actually talked to people with dual citizenship?)
—— “But given the trend of more marriages between Singaporeans and those of other nationalities, won’t dual nationality help children of such marriages have a connection with Singapore?”
—“I agree; Although Singapore should not allow dual citizenship at this point in time, we should always keep an open mind.”
because these statements are just so open-minded.
it’s not that i don’t know dual citizenship is an iffy topic. i do. i understand that it is unfair because you get to reap the benefits of more than one country. i understand that people do it more for practicality rather than loyalty. i know these things. what bothers me is that Mr. TCH brushes these issues under the rug and instead frames his reasoning from the perspective of ‘protecting Singaporean identity’. please. that is fake and shows little effort or regard for this issue that affects a lot of people like me. if you want to argue against dual citizenship, argue it from the standpoint that you as a government representative are familiar with (legal issues, NS, taxes, in the event of a crisis will people leave the country, etc.) rather than from a standpoint of personal or national identity, because you seem to me to know nothing about belonging to more than 1 place because of your family or life circumstances. if you want to discuss it seriously, please discuss it seriously. there is enough paternalism in the country as it is.
'A heart that’s made of gold can’t really beat at all.' — my heart of flesh may not be good, but it is real.
certain things really piss me off. one of them is when I commit to doing something for someone even when it’s not enjoyable or beneficial to me, and the other person says something like: “really? I know you really want to do this, but are you sure you actually can?” There are better things for me to invest in than friends who think they are better than me and who do not trust me even when I’m sacrificing something for them.
also when people refuse to understand where I’m coming from and instead assume things about me and why I do things the way I do. You don’t know me. So please don’t judge my life or attribute things to me that you only infer and not know.
Korean astrophotographer Kwon O Chul captured these dazzling auroras dancing overhead in the night sky in Yellowknife, Canada. The northern lights were so bright that Kwon needed only seconds to photograph the natural phenomenon.
Wisdom drawing from 9 July 2011"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind."
I am here to challenge you to recognize your inability, your powerlessness and your incapacity to do the “good” which you intended to do. “To Hell With Good Intentions” - Ivan Illich
learning again and again.
A quiet mosque in Palestine, 1926.Photograph by Jules Gervais Courtellemont, National Geographic Creative