Too much of 'wokeism' can become too much of a good thing

Being woke, or socially conscious of injustice, is a good thing. But there is nothing to be gained from hyper-vigilantly policing other people's words and thoughts, waiting to pounce on their 'mistakes'.

The "woke" movement seems to be gaining traction among the young people of Singapore today, judging from social media comments.

This should be a matter of some concern for everyone, whether or not you identify as woke, or socially aware, and even if you have no opinion on "wokeism" whatsoever.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 10, 2021, with the headline 'Too much of 'wokeism' can become too much of a good thing'. Print Edition | Subscribe