Singapore Nostalgia Analysis

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A theory by Paul Janet in 1897 suggests that the passage of time speeds up with familiarity, which explain why children would perceive a time period of say, three months, to be much longer than what an adult would perceive it to be. Children feel that growing up takes a long time, but their parents often feel that their children have grown up in the blink of an eye, and may often lament at that, wishing time could rewind so that they could be little, and cradled in their arms again. Such a yearning for the past is not uncommon, for people take comfort in the past instead of the uncertain future. Even with a fast-paced life and a constant strive for a better future, nostalgia remains in many, and it is often used as a way to unite the people…show more content…
People are constantly on the move for the purposes of work, which is strongly emphasised in the country as the only ‘natural resource’ we possess is that of human capital. Our time has become more monetised as they can be put to producing more output for the country, and is deemed to be worthy in an economic sense, since people need their salaries to support themselves in a city with a high cost of living. It justifies the country and its people’s common goal of being productive, as it not only benefits Singapore in terms of economic development, but also benefits individuals in terms of their economic wealth. With lives seemingly dictated by work, Singaporeans are often accused of being ‘indifferent’, ‘unfeeling’, and was also rated low on the Happiness Index. It does seem as though the hastened pace of living has diluted our emotions or reduced one’s emotional capacity, especially since the nation’s stance of pragmatism is rather deeply ingrained in many Singaporeans. As such, Singaporeans may be seen as people who do not live in the past nor yearn for it, as they are simply too busy too afford it. They live in the present, and looking back may serve little or no benefits in their life. Of course, while this may not be true for every individual, it is worth considering how emotions may be eroded by one’s lifestyle, inhibiting their desire to connect with the past.…show more content…
With the influx of foreigners into Singapore for the sake of boosting its dwindling workforce in the ace of an ageing population and declining birth rates, it has often been said that the national identity is no longer present, and is diluted by the presence of foreigners who are at a size of around one million in the city state which is more than a fifth of its population. However, that is where nostalgia comes into play as a uniting factor, especially on National Day when it is a chance to remind Singaporeans of the initial hardships faced by the country when we separated from Malaysia and became an independent city-state. Such an observation is further heightened in frequency this year, the golden jubilee year for Singapore; turning 50 years old since its independence. In remembrance, a nationwide broadcast of the late founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew reading Singapore’s Proclamation of Independence was made on National Day at 9am sharp on radios and televisions. It tugs on people’s heartstrings to remember how far the nation has come and how different Singapore has become today. This element of nostalgia is further observed in the National Day fun packs distributed to every household as well as every participant at the parade. It consists of games from the old days when technological gadgets were

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