Anyone of my generation would recall the copious amounts of indoctrination being applied upon us in school. There is this particular piece of Malthusian absurdity which I would like to debunk today. It is called:"Singapore has no natural resources, and the only thing we have is people, therefore we must make full use of our human resource"Some think that this is to justify treating human beings like numbers on a balance book. To me, the greater evil that this piece of propaganda has inflicted upon Singaporeans is the creation of a mistrust of capitalism, and an addictive reliance on government meddling in our everyday lives. It is time we discarded that myth that we lack natural resources, and realise that Singapore has never lacked natural resources. The fact is that throughout human history, there has ever only been one natural resource, and that is human ingenuity and creativity.
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My own view has always been that Mother Nature gave Singapore a fair deal. We have little in terms of natural resources like water, land etc but then we are also quite free of natural disasters like earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions.