I had many people asking me, “David, why are you so concerned about things that doesn’t really affect you, Middle East, China, Politics? Are you planning to be an academic?” (paraphrased of course).

Well I am not an academic and I don’t intend to be one. I see it as my personal responsibility to the world to be kept up to date with what’s going on around it. How can I become a better global citizen if I don’t know what is going on in the other part of the world? Today’s global economy requires global knowledge. Localized events are no longer localized for that matter. If you’re a citizen in Zurich, you better know what’s going on in China, if not you’re going to lose out.

I like new ideas, I like reading about things that I don’t know. One doesn’t need to be an academic to be able to appreciate that. In fact I think that its a shame that many young Singaporeans these days are not only not interested in worldly affairs, but are equality apathetic about local ones. I don’t read because I’m planning to write a paper or become a political scientist of any sort. I read because that is a way to understand the complex world we live in today.

It also helps me to be more tolerant of differences as well as more understanding to things that may be unique and weird to me.

I encourage you, Youths of Singapore, don’t just read the newspaper and take it as gospel. Take its article and scrutinize it. Find out for yourself it its true. Don’t let someone else decide what is true or not. Expand your mind and you’ll find many opportunities in life suddenly opening up.

The world is awesome. Breathe it.