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A Gift for Future Generations

As part of the celebrations of Singapore's 50 years of independence, Singaporean couples having children in 2015 will receive a <a href="http://heybaby.sg/jubilee/">basket of 8 items as a gift</a>. They unveiled one of the items this morning: a photoframe and a scrapbook for parents to store their memories in.
It was the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/TheStraitsTimes/posts/10152393131582115">comments from many members of the public</a> that really struck me.
Getting a scrapbook isn't striking the lottery, I'll give you that. But does a gift – any gift – deserve to be so rudely criticised and snubbed?
For the parents who looked down on and scoffed at this small gesture by the State, how would it feel if this Christmas your kids said your presents were crap right to your face, just because it wasn't what they really wanted? They'd just be following your example. It is not the scrapbook I care about. It is the lack of maturity that drives me insane.
You have no idea what you have. You have no clue how much our forebears worked to get us here. Sure, it's not perfect. Glad you noticed. Now you going to get your hands dirty and make it better or you're just going to stand there, palms to the heavens, whining that someone ought to give you more free stuff?
Get busy, Singapore. Our character as a nation, evidenced by our actions and our words, isn't currently a legacy we can be proud of handing down to our children. There's work to be done. Let's do it together.

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