I have been disappointed in the United States for some time now. With our politicians locked in a battle with each other which has only driven our country further apart in ideologies or understanding, I realized that I wasn’t happy here. It bothered me to such a degree that I began to feel like the only way to find some sort of content would be to move somewhere else for a time so I could gain some insight. A close friend of mine told me about the Condo Gallery in Singapore, a place that he had recently moved into, and suggested that I might find Singapore more to my liking.
Due to the mobile nature of my career, I have the luxury to move whenever I desire. I’ve never quite gone to such a length to move myself or my career but with the mounting frustration and stress that I’ve been experiencing through the past five years, I was desperate and ready for something else. I needed a breath of fresh air. I wanted to feel like my home wasn’t going to crumble around me into rioting. That’s how it feels for some of us who live in the United States.
Singapore isn’t like that. There is a sense of control here – they don’t have much in the way of social programs like America does. Instead they encourage the individual to be able to provide for themselves and for those that are unable to do that they offer them education, a place to live and opportunity to improve their lives. It has completely changed the way I see social programs; they are both good and bad programs. I have realized that what people need more than anything else is opportunity to improve their lives and the tools in which they are able to utilize to take advantage of that opportunity.