‘Little India’: Diverging Destinies in Heritage Spaces , pp. 9 of 10

Some years ago, sociologist John Clammer wrote (in George 2000, p. 166) that

[T]he real fragility of this remarkable society that has been created in this tiny island state… is not its ethnic and cultural complexity per se. It is rather in the artificiality of the attempts to prune it into a precarious order… Singapore does indeed remind one of the bonsai: nature miniaturised and bent. …the bonsai, when its cramps are removed and it is put in a bigger pot, grows with the natural exuberance of the rest of nature.

Singapore may need to give some release to its roots.

An Inspiring Quote

"[Open-mindedness] includes an active desire to listen to more sides than one; to give heed to facts from whatever source they come; to give full attention to alternative possibilities; to recognize the possibility of error even in the beliefs that are dearest to us."

~ John Dewey, How We Think

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