‘Head Empty, No Thoughts’: Exploring Overthinking 

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By Johnathan Lim (23S03M) and Venkatesan Ranjana (23A01D)

You are at the party of your not-so-close friend. Someone suggests playing “Burning Bridges”. People sit in a circle facing each other. The first round starts with the people across you. They giggle and shove each other before pointing at you.

Hm, seems like something is funny, maybe I’ll ask them about it later.

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Let’s Talk: The Definition of Success

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By Venkatesan Ranjana (23A01D)

There is undoubtedly a voice within you preaching that ten years from now, you should be on a perfect trajectory to becoming the top in your field, attaining widespread recognition and numerous accolades. What is worth examining for many of us is whether there is another voice—which may be slightly quieter, or raving more loudly—that questions the first.

That first voice represents what we can refer to as the typical Rafflesian path of success, in which the only definition of success deemed acceptable is three-fold: regard, position, and service.  

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Loneliness, Romanticised

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By Shreya Singh (23S03C) and Cece Cao Chenxi (23A01E)

Our modern world is characterised by a deep, relational hunger. We’ve found ourselves aching for connection, even though developments in technology have allowed us to keep in touch with others on the other side of the globe. 

However, with loneliness increasingly seen through rose-tinted glasses after pandemic restrictions prevented face-to-face interactions, it is interesting to explore how the romanticisation of loneliness has affected our day-to-day lives.

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Casual Texting: A Bane to Society

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By Johnathan Lim (23S03M)

Everyone’s texting. And chances are, you are too. I’m sure we can admit that it is easier to get your tone and message across in real life, but unfortunately, there is no escape from texting. Homework? Just text me the answer. Call? Can you just make it a text? Hang out? Text me the details. 

And we eventually text our life away.

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Let’s Talk About Envy

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By Lim Zhi Qi Victoria (23S06B)

I want friends like that, I want his popularity, I want a partner like that, I want eyes like hers, I want her bravery and his intelligence, I want their happiness. Nobody intends to actively compare themselves with others, but it has become inevitable in the society that we grow up in. It’s natural for us to collect information about our surroundings, and use it to evaluate how we are doing in life. 

Though not all forms of comparison lead to envy, envy always starts with self-comparison. I think the envy that we experience nowadays goes far beyond just wanting something, but also includes the element of not wanting the other person to have it. 

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