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S'pore should be ready to soar

Editor Warren Fernandez courageously identified possible scenarios that could shake Singapore's well-being if these events take us by surprise and we are not prepared ("Moving beyond reflection in 2016"; Jan 3).

On the one hand, the near future seems challenging, with world and regional issues that could batter us like a cork in the ocean.

On the other, if Singaporeans were to take a hard look at the issues, take hold of the situations as they come, examine our resources, recognise our resilience and recalibrate our adaptability, we can overcome the odds stacked against us.

Some threats, such as those of a geopolitical nature, can be far beyond our control. But others we can surely mitigate, as a nation.

We may know the answers to these threats, such as "get the basics right, stay focused on what's important" as Mr Fernandez puts it.

But how should we respond to the looming impediments ahead, apart from the suggestions already made?

In a sea of sweeping changes,it is wise to reiterate the basics,of who and what we are as a people.

We should appreciate our gifts and qualities. We should look at how we can further contribute to other nations, larger or smaller, farther or closer.

With such a vision, we can forge a destiny and purpose as a country known for such contributions.

Singapore ought to be compared with the young eaglets dwelling high over the Grand Canyon whose feathers have been readied from their early years, such that when the time comes and they are pushed out of their nests, these eaglets have no choice but to start flying.

Likewise, we will stretch out our wings and soar through the headwinds and turn adversity to advantage. The time is now.

Cyril Seah Kwei Hiok

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 17, 2016, with the headline 'S'pore should be ready to soar'. Print Edition | Subscribe