Foreign aid?

“Foreign aid is ineffective and wasteful.” Is this true? Foreign aid can be seen as the direct funding given by the more well-to-do countries to the less developed or developing countries, in the form of food and medical supplies, and most often, monetary loans in the name of charity. Nonetheless, charity in itself in the…

Are the arts too closely linked to money these days?

As the saying goes, “Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.” Emerging first from the concept of impressionism, people these days believe it to be a good personality trait to see the value in anything and call them ‘art’. Nonetheless, this saying had a rather different meaning conveyed in the beginning by the ancient…

A Need for Regulation of Artistic Expression…?

Is there really a need for artistic expression to be regulated?           Duke Ellington once said, “Art is dangerous. It is one of the attractions: when it ceases to be dangerous you don’t want it.” Artistic expression can be characterised as any works in the form of writing, drawing, singing, and…

Poetry in Modern Times

         “The purpose of poetry is to make life complete in itself”. This is very true as our world modernises through industrialisation and globalisation. Poetry, as the source for the unknown, bestows us inspiration; as a form of connection and humanity, grants us empathy and solace. Nonetheless, the significance of poetry is likely to be diminished…

The Good and Bad of Foreign Talent

Foreign talents in Singapore can be considered the epitope of a complete society, particularly for a country with small demographics and limited talent scopes. Specifically, they include any non-Singaporeans who work white collar occupations within our geographical boundaries. On the other hand, they pose threats to the chances of employment for Singaporeans, may cause culture…

Is breaking the law ever acceptable?

         According to Ayn Rand, a Russian American Philosopher in the twentieth century, “One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.” Indeed, the government passes an inordinate number of laws such that it is grinding to avoid committing crimes at all. Some may argue…

Is Murder Really Immoral All The Time?

Consider the view that killing in any form can never be justified.          According to Aemilius Papinianus, “It is easier to commit murder than to justify it.” Unsurprisingly, modern-day humans are still committing homicides that may be irrational or unforgivable, due to negative emotions or psychological defects. In cases as such, murderers must always be culpable…

Are Medical Advances Really That Ideal?

How far do you support medical interference in human procreation? As stated by Hippocrates – the Greek scientist who founded rational science, “Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there is also a love for humanity.” Indeed, the application of medical knowledge can be seen as the salvation of human lives, as it provides people…

We Need Religion… A Proper One

Is there a more urgent need for religion in today’s world? In view of the rise of globalisation, countless studies have shown the increasing worldwide trends of criminality against oneself, against the community, and against the world. Self-harm and suicide rates have risen over the years, mass acts of immorality have been intensified in the…