This is part of my month-long “Brevity is Clarity” endeavour, inspired by a friend’s Facebook post (here) which reminded me of the importance of getting points across cleanly and clearly. 160 words, 5 points, 1 issue. Check out the complete collection (here).
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1. 500 posts! A quarter of a million words later, I cannot imagine the time and effort I have invested here (looking back at some of my past commentaries, I am slightly ashamed, but more cognisant of the need to improve).
2. Why write? Because it gives you an identity, a platform to articulate perspectives, something to devote your time to. During my National Service, I was always Jin Yao the Writer, rarely Jin Yao the Soldier.
3. Meet people, talk to them, and learn from their wisdom (through comments, tweets, emails). Activists, politicians, civil servants, people-with-a-cause, as well as individuals with intriguing viewpoints, and backgrounds.
4. You read more critically. Not only do you need to comprehend current affairs, you also have to evaluate other arguments so as to engage in constructively in discourse.
5. Learn to be wrong, to be disagreed with, to be a little wiser. I am thankful for all the support, but even more grateful for the criticisms and wake-up-calls.