Letter to the young: Prepare for a (more) precarious world

But it need not be all doom and gloom since enlightenment is achievable; it is in the hands of the younger generation to take charge of the future and mould societies to do the right thing

Afghan National Army soldiers attending a graduation ceremony in Afghanistan. Humans find ways to fight, says the author, and previous generations in every society has seen conflict. Will we therefore see history repeat itself? PHOTO: EPA-EFE
New: Gift this subscriber-only story to your friends and family

There is no other way to say it: The world is becoming an increasingly volatile and dangerous place. And it is important, especially for today's young generation, to understand this and prepare for it.

I write this as my many friends with young children - some small, some in their teens - wonder what kind of world they will grow up in. Younger friends are contemplating whether to have children at all.

Already a subscriber? 

Read the full story and more at $9.90/month

Get exclusive reports and insights with more than 500 subscriber-only articles every month

Unlock these benefits

  • All subscriber-only content on ST app and straitstimes.com

  • Easy access any time via ST app on 1 mobile device

  • E-paper with 2-week archive so you won't miss out on content that matters to you

Join ST's Telegram channel and get the latest breaking news delivered to you.