Monthly Archives: December 2011

The Myth Of Self-Esteem: How Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy Can Change Your Life Forever, by Albert Ellis

This is a powerful, philosophical one! We don’t need self-esteem, we need self-acceptance. Self-esteem is inescapably conditional. Even if we think highly of ourselves, thinking that way is invariably dependent on something outside of ourselves- I’m great because I can … Continue reading

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The World As I See It, by Albert Einstein

“How strange is the lot of us mortals! Each of us is here for a brief sojourn; for what purpose he knows not, though he sometimes thinks he senses it. But without deeper reflection one knows from daily life that … Continue reading

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Charlie Brown’s ‘Cyclopedia

I used to read a lot as a kid, though it never occurred to me that it was anything unusual. If I ever seem more intelligent than anybody else, it can usually be boiled down to the fact that I’ve … Continue reading

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Gayle Goh, on Immigration and Xenophobia (2009)

(Emphasis mine! -Visa) Singaporeans have often been accused of not having a heart for home. The identity angst of our young nation-state has manifested itself variously in aspects such as high emigration statistics and cultural dialogue. ‚ÄúSingapore you are not … Continue reading

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Do We Owe Our Existence To The People’s Action Party? By Gayle Goh [2006]

(Emphasis mine. – Visa) “We have been hardwired since young to be grateful in everything to the People’s Action Party. We have been conditioned to accept the abrogation of our democratic freedoms as a necessary inconvenience for the sake of … Continue reading

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What The Modern Woman Wants, by Amanda Chong [2004]

The old woman sat in the backseat of the magenta convertible as it careened down the highway, clutching tightly to the plastic bag on her lap, afraid it may be kidnapped by the wind. She was not used to such … Continue reading

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What is your specialization?

If only managing our own lives was as visually appealing! I have a good friend who shares a lot of my ideas about things, but has a fundamentally different approach that I initially struggled to understand. I asked him my … Continue reading

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