A MODEST PROPOSAL [a Point of View]

FOR PREVENTING THE CHILDREN OF SINGAPOREANS FROM BEING A BURDEN TO THEIR PARENTS OR COUNTRY, AND FOR MAKING THEM BENEFICIAL TO THE PUBLIC.

Singaporeans are always complaining about foreign labour coming into the country and taking their jobs, but many of these jobs are either low-skilled or low-paying jobs that Singaporeans are not willing to take up themselves.

Rather than waiting for an entire generation to approach working age, I propose to hire these children (ideally as early as 6) to do these jobs. They can learn to clean and wash outside and also earn some money to help with their parents’ monetary burden. This way, parents can worry less about providing for them, since they are providing for themselves. At the same time, they will be able to learn to clean up after themselves and reduce the need of domestic helpers, who happen to contribute to the number of foreign labour too.

Hiring children can also help to teach the weak “strawberry generation” how to endure hardship and stop complaining. They will be able to learn what made the pioneer generation so tough and hardy. Instead of explaining to them how tough their lives used to be, why not just let them live it?

But of course, you must be thinking: “What about their education? How can they study and work at the same time?” Well, the older generations have always prided themselves for managing studies and helping their family out. Yes, they study less subjects, and in less intensity, but every generation is the same right? Instead of letting your children enjoy watching cartoons or picking up hobbies like art and music, just push them to learn hard skills like math and science at a young age, not like this is new to anyone. If you start early, you don’t have to worry about not being able to catch up.

If people need convincing, just look at the British Empire during the Industrial Revolution and the pioneer generation of Singaporeans. They can learn to do work while studying. If it works for the previous generation, it must work in the present. Right?

I would love to get into more details but honestly, anything that isn’t accompanied by a picture or a video these days isn’t worth your attention anyway.

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