i give up trying to help you, trying to be by you when you need it, trying to ask what is wrong and trying to lend you offer you a hand. i’m human too and when you’re not receptive to my attempts, i can’t help but resign in despair.
THE ARTS SCENE IN SINGAPORE.
This question was posted today by the teacher. As of now, I believe the arts scene is taking the backseat, or even shoved to the boot. And it has to do with the fact that we don’t promote arts as a viable career or way of earning money for survival.
Because we view being in the arts scene as something very lofty, unsuitable for survival in a ultra-competitive society like ours. That is the reason for our mal-nutritioned and underdeveloped arts scene. We do not give enough respect to people in our local arts scene - we always think that Singaporeans can never get far in the arts industry… because??? Because??? I don’t know why people think this way!
We are brought up thinking that lawyers, doctors and engineers earn higher wages, and we should all work towards that and that people in the arts scene fight hard to earn puny amounts (which might be true to a certain extent).
Few decades ago, we were a tiny country struggling to survive, and it seems the mindset instilled then has carried on even till today even when we have a roaring GDP that screams LOOK AT ME. We promote productivity and we promote GDP. And people immediately make the link of being productive as being able to earn a lot and of course, that will link to work in the Math and Science industry in particular.
I’m not a super duper artsy person myself, and I do believe that Math and Science and Technology will bring us somewhere - it will earn us loads of money, it enables us to solve great problems like not having enough water - but don’t you think at the same time it creates a truckload of problems for us too (some of which we can solve with MORE science, but some of which can’t be.) But I believe it can only bring you so far. Math and Science is of course, important, because we can’t solely survive on creativity and innovation and talent and expression right? We need MONEY. To survive.
Yes to survive. But I think Singapore is far beyond survived. We are doing so well now, but we just want more of the same thing - GDP, GDP. I think it’s time that we start thinking about how we are nurturing the minds of our populations. It’s fine that we work for money money money when we needed it for survival - but now that we’re relatively doing well, isn’t it time to start thinking whether we need to head in another direction too?
I’m having a very biased point of view here, being a humanities student, but I think we need to stop stopping people from being creative. Give them more space to be creative, to explore and give them EQUAL credit for what they give to something they love and are committed to. I think it is only when we learn and start to appreciate our OWN arts scene, that we can bring it outside of Singapore - that we can truly say we are proud of our arts scene, and that there IS an arts scene to speak of. Till then, let’s stop complaining that we’ve a lack of talent. There is no such thing. Talent is what you make of it.
Ok I’m so sorry, I just needed to verbal vomit..
- Me: Mummy, I'm gonna cut hair at Fareast plaza soon.
- Mum: Ok, remember bring sampan.