Have we got too used to the blame game?

While it is perfectly reasonable for us to react angrily when we heard the news of the recent riot, should we take a step back and wonder why we have reacted so strongly?

I’ve read the news of the riot and some comments by netizens. As investigations should still be ongoing, and we’ll usually hear one side of the story, I’ll like to remain objective and believe that there is a reason for everything that has happened. However, as we continue to read the shocking news, have we thought of what would happen if this has occurred in another country? Would we all be glued to the Internet and stayed up just to read the latest updates?

Nope, I don’t think so.

There is something that I believe we have all become so used to that when something happened, it become a big hoo ha: peace and stability. Nothing in this world is an accident—this luxury doesn’t just fall from the sky. To have such a strong deterrence requires more than just a MediaCorp advertisement; it requires a comprehensive plan, lots of trials and errors, and mistakes. It’s not an accident that people in Singapore know how harmful a riot can be, and why they should avoid it.

Yet, when something like this happens, people started the blame game. Yes, if they’re mere angry words, it’s understandable. But using it to amplify xenophobism? Or even blaming the organization that has been preventing it from happening for thirty years?

Where’s our sense of gratitude?

I hope it’s just a case of temporary anger, and that soon, we will appreciate the peace and stability that we used to have. Sometimes, it takes a knock for us to cherish something—in this case, when I read the comments online, I’m saddened to see that this knock doesn’t make us cherish our peace and stability more—but more of to tell us that more knocks are coming. It doesn’t matter whether there is any truth in that, for what matters most is that we used to have peace—and we will continue to have it because history repeats itself, not one mistake.

This Singapore love story set in the 90s shows you why you should never wait for tomorrow. Watch it without crying:
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