The capitalist world of today maximizes production and profit, ensuring economic growth in democratic societies. It is evident in countries that have embraced a democratic government and a capitalist economy that this system is a powerful propellant of economic growth. Yet, as Ben Friedman of Havard University had pointed out in his 2006 book The Moral […]

Digitalization is well under way

After reading “The Post-Cash Economy” by The New York Times, I beg to differ with the assertion that the economy is becoming “cashless” – much less with the fact that it is a good thing for us, the consumers. I postulate that a “post-cash economy” is not only undesirable for the common good, but cannot […]

In a city-state where 4.8 out of 5.2 million inhabitants are connected to a broadband service, the Internet is a major part of the soul of the nation. Today, the majority of the population is not only citizens of Singapore but also citizens of Facebook. Take a ride down the subway and see it with […]

Through the centuries we have seen countless developments in our society that improved the lives of women immeasurably. Amazingly, the women of today truly have it all, with so many privileges ranging from the vote, the pill, the power, and even dedicated, exclusive metro carriages – as in Japan! In a society traditionally dominated by […]

Recently, I read this article about the death of Pvt Danny Chen. (Link to NY Times article) Pvt Danny Chen was an American-Chinese in the US Army who was picked upon by other fellow soldiers who committed suicide. In our modern age, Man must learn to understand and accept each other’s differences. Let me share […]

On 8 Oct this year, Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo was awarded the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize. He shares the award with other legendary characters like Martin Luther King Jr. and Mother Teresa. I was puzzled by a very fundamental question when I heard of this news. Along with many others (I believe), I went online in […]

It was spring and a swarm of locusts sweeped over the Earth, feasting on cereal crops which were so delicately planted. One locust felt tired and so he decided that it was time for a break. He perched himself on a leaf. A dragonfly confronted him. “You are a pest, but I am a hero”, […]