40 years ago on this day Singapore became an independent nation. As a pure coincidence, I’m here to join in the celebrations.
I’m just passing through the city, doing a few days of sightseeing. This is the perfect example of a new pastime in a modern world: City Hopping. 40 years ago, who in their sane mind would within two months travel around the world and spend just a day or a few in cities as versatile as Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Adelaide, or Singapore? Furthermore, it doesn’t even seem that strange anymore.
Given, not everyone does this, and I am, admittedly, lucky to be able to travel this much.
But it still tells me something about the world in 2005. As modern-day individuals we should be able to navigate pretty much anywhere, anytime. One day you’re working in Sydney, the next, you’re shopping in Singapore, the next again you’re going to church in Denmark.
And the tendency applies to relationships as well. You meet new people all the time and congregate with a lot of very different groups, depending on your mood, work requirements, desires, etc. As a result you may have hundreds of acquantiances, but few very close friends.
This is the world today. Good or bad? Probably neither, but it’s not a bad thing to ponder the consequences.