Inspiring people and their less-than-sensible choices

It's been a difficult year. These people's inspiring lives helped me cope.

This column is my way of trying to make sense of a difficult year, and of a world that seems at times to be splitting apart.

"Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold," so wrote W.B. Yeats in his post-World War I poem The Second Coming.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 30, 2019, with the headline 'Inspiring people and their less-than-sensible choices'. Subscribe