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Claudio Ranieri is the manager of the English Premier League (EPL) football team Leicester City. His team of underdogs are getting closer to winning the EPL Championship title this season. Ranieri’s words will give you a sense of the management magic on display.
Just a few years ago, many of my players were in the lower leagues. Vardy was working in a factory. Kanté was in the third tier of the French league. Mahrez was in the French fourth division.
Now, we are fighting for a title. The Leicester fans I meet in the street tell me they are dreaming. But I say to them, “Okay, you dream for us. We do not dream. We simply work hard.”
We humans are creatures of habits, not just when we go about our daily activities and routines, habits also apply to our thinking and feelings. While our feelings are always real and authentic, are they the best guides to our behaviour?
Equality can feel like oppression. But it’s not. What you’re feeling is just the discomfort of losing a little bit of your privilege — the same discomfort that an only child feels when she goes to preschool and discovers that there are other kids who want to play with the same toys as she does.
It’s like an old man being used to having a community pool all to himself, having that pool actually opened up to everyone in the community, and then that old man yelling, “But what about MY right to swim in a pool all by myself?!”
Here in Singapore, Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP) Mr Kok Heng Leun makes an insightful and persuasive case of making more time and space for the Arts.
We are so afraid we will offend others by what we say, when actually, we need to learn how NOT to be offended, or so easily offended. We need to be able to have a constructive voice that seeks to improve our shared environment and future.
If the space for discourse is not going to be opened up, we will never become a nation of mature thinkers. We will continue to co- exist but never be truly inclusive.