A tale of two poems

Here are two poems – both equally beautiful but reflect vastly different modes of thinking: Flower in the crannied wall, I pluck you out of the crannies, I hold you here, root and all, in my hand, Little flower – but if I could understand What you are, root and all, and all in all, […]

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Lessons learned long ago in an entrepreneurship seminar (Nov 2002)

Be prepared for criticism once you embark on anything that differs from the norm. Governments lack business vision. You should not expect any support or wisdom from them. Many businessmen end up banging their heads against the wall (figuratively) when dealing with governments, and even have to take their ideas overseas. Success in school makes […]

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The importance of the mundane

I used to be contemptuous of household chores, thinking they are seldom worth the effort since they are unending, and wishing I were rich enough to hire others to do all of them for me. That view has changed over the last 3 years. Now I believe that happiness might lie in the mundane, the […]

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Religion is energy

I realize that religion is energy. It is what humans do, and the energy they invest and receive from their beliefs, that are truly consequential to religions. Suppose there exists a critical mass of followers of a certain god. In their fervent belief they proselytize, organize, and create art and literature on this god. They […]

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Intuition

Before you read on allow me to clarify my intent. I am not trying to sell you anything or convince you of anything. You need not believe my thoughts on intuition, but simply entertain the possibility of them being true. In scientific terms what I am relating is a ‘hypothesis’, not a ‘theory’ or truth […]

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Animal School

From ‘Intuition: Knowing beyond logic, insights for a new way of living’, by Osho. The animals got together in the forest one day and decided to start a school. There was a rabbit, a bird, a squirrel, a fish, and an eel, and they formed a board of directors. The rabbit insisted that running be […]

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Religion as Asset

It occurred to me that if deities or prophets exist, and they were to make a comeback, no-one would believe their authenticity or mission. I recall a funny cartoon: Jesus declared he was the Son of God 2,000 years ago, and people followed him; fast forward to present day, a man saying the same thing, […]

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Freedom and justice

The concepts of Freedom, Rights, and Justice are among the most misunderstood things in modern society. Let’s start with clarifying Freedom: Freedom is commonly interpreted as being able to ‘do whatever the hell you want’. People who tout Freedom as a personal right might insist that they deserve to drive without a license, or carry guns […]

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Why do we suffer?

Why do we suffer? Many pseudo-sages have claimed to know the answer, and demanded money and other gifts for their knowledge. They are deluding others… and even themselves, for this is a question that cannot be answered. This is because the question itself is irrelevant and unanswerable. It’s the equivalent of asking “Why is the […]

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Updated views on the Singapore comics industry (2014)

Last month I gave an interview to a researcher examining the Singapore comic industry today. He interviewed almost all major creators in the city and I was glad to express my updated observations through this exercise. I will showcase his thesis once it’s done, but meanwhile here are my (edited) thoughts: ‘Uniqueness’ of Singapore comics […]

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