Elson Tong

Student
Singapore, Singapore

About Elson

Bio

I'm just a regular student who's curious.

Languages

Chinese, English

An idea worth spreading

Kindness

I'm passionate about

Literature, Music, Sports

Talk to me about

Anything (Religion, Literature etc)

My TED story

Inspired by the passion and vision of the TED speakers, and a certain friend of mine who inspired me to want to make a change.

Comments & conversations

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Elson Tong
Posted 10 months ago
Is it possible to have a sense of justice without governments or religions telling us right from wrong
Hi Orlando Honestly I do not believe generally people are responsible enough to do so. We are human beings and are reasonable, but we are too intelligent and prideful (sorry if this comes off a little arrogant) individually to be able to see eye to eye on an issue as controversial as justice. We are too different for this to come to an understanding as equals, if we do not have someone who takes initiative and takes charge. This is also why leaders are imperative in our current society (my opinion). In regards to your second paragraph, I think leaders are really bounded by the people they lead. Leaders are after all, chosen by the very people who wants them to lead, in a democratic society. It's also very true about what you said, about leaders still being human, and corruption is still, of course an issue. I'm sure you've heard of the phrase 'power corrupts' . This is why democracy is the 'ideal' as power is spread among a large amount of people. That's not to say there is no corruption as that is simply an ideal and to think it is non existent would be naive. Ok back to the point, I think your statement about people being incapable of taking care of themselves without leaders is actually true. But I'm a little bit confused, is it still about justice, or is it about other aspects of life?
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Elson Tong
Posted 10 months ago
Is it possible to have a sense of justice without governments or religions telling us right from wrong
Personally I think it isn't possible for something like this to happen because we are human beings, and we all have different opinions on matters that we perceive as either good or evil. Without a leader to step up and administer 'justice', there will only be confusion and turmoil, and a lack of swiftness in judgement upon an act of crime due to the inability of humans to form a 'righteous' action upon the hypothetical offender. Therefore, yes, we do have an innate sense of justice, but it may be in conflict with everybody else. This is why we have religions, governments, the law, to tell us right from wrong 'by the book', and the law may sometimes seem unfair, or unreasonable, but since everybody is following the law, there is no confusion or conflict within personal opinions whatsoever, and since the law is in 'black and white', it is more concrete, unlike religion, where people twist the teachings ( Al Qaeda) to commit atrocious actions (terrorism). However, that's not to say that there is no link between religion and the law of the government. Many people's sense of justice are directed and driven by their religion, which points towards important people such as politicians and judges. To conclude, I think it is impossible to have an innate sense of justice without religion, or somebody telling us right from wrong (May not necessarily be the government). As somebody mentioned below, compassion and justice are two different things, and compassion is not taught, unlike justice, and compassion can drive you to do wrong things too, like 'helping' somebody traffic drugs thinking it as a favour to a friend. Sorry if the comment was a little long winded and hoped that this made sense and helped!
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Elson Tong
Posted 10 months ago
What is the tipping point, the critical mass, required in order for the public to act en masse?
A common goal. A common goal is what makes people act together in a certain behavior. For example, if a certain country is unhappy with the way their government is run, protests and rebellions occur to improve their way of life. This is one example of public acting en masse. The feeling of self-righteousness and the need for justice for example, the brutal rape of a girl in India caused the public to rise up and act against discrimination of women and enforcing stricter laws and speedier judgement in India (2012 Delhi Gang Rape). Personally, I feel that the cost or the 'tipping point' for such actions were too high. An innocent life was brutalized and violated before actions were taken. Why weren't measures taken to prevent this before this incident? Must a horrific incident like this happen every time we realize something has to be done?
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Elson Tong
Posted 10 months ago
What is the best way a student can make his/her education less stressful?
I am still a student, so I can relate to what you are talking about, the 'stress' factor. Stress is something that you should let them feel in some amounts, to drive and motivate them, letting them feel the pressure of needing to complete a task in school. However, it is too important to 'destress' so as to speak. Activities such as physical exercise (gyming, playing sports), reading, hanging out with your friends, are various ways to destress and feel more relaxed after exams, or a hard day of studying. Getting plenty of sleep is also important, letting the mind rest and absorb the information gained from studying. Let them know that stress is a definite factor in their upcoming lives, but everyone knows how they feel so they are not alone. Finding friends and coping with the stressful period together is also an extremely efficient way of preventing a student from becoming 'overstressed'. Hope this helped!