We, the youth, have been accused of apathy, of being weak-willed. I come from a generation where everything comes covered in a dull coat of moral ambiguity – shades of grey. There were no communist boogeymen to rally against, no unrelenting economic machine to be a cog of.
With the passing of elder statesman Mr Lee Kuan Yew there was no doubt that all sorts were going to come out of the woodwork. The self-righteous, barely-coherent haters, the babbling sycophants.
But we found no need for excessive mourning or otherwise – this was a man who has had his fair share of years on this world, this was a man that was not “gone too soon”.
This was a man that did what he saw was right and in doing so, grasped greatness in the palm of his hand. There was no great love, but tremendous respect – how do you love someone whom you’ve only read about in books?
We’ve been accused of being apolitical. But we see no need for excessive political leanings in a world where there is no need for revolution. This is a world that has not treated us unfairly – perhaps we are pampered, but we know very well this is only possible because of Mr Lee’s work.
We may be apathetic, selfish. But this apathy gives us clarity – understanding of a system unmarked by any strong political leaning. We see schools getting a half-day off to mourn his passing – and comment that this is not what Mr Lee would have wanted: unnecessary slowing of progress. This was a man that had no patience for BS, one who valued efficiency and results.
Mr Lee once mentioned that youths in Singapore do not know what it’s like to be poor.
I guess we have him to thank for that.
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