Excuse Me While I Observe And Report / by Tze Hern Yeo

It's Spring time in the tropics and something strange is afoot. It's at Owndays. On the trains. Even at the hawker centre. 

No one can escape the camera's eye.

The handful of eyewitness video footage that have surfaced across these various incidents led me to a startling discovery. While I deeply commend the brave citizens that stood up for their fellow men, what troubles me is the whole nature of video recording public disputes for posterity.

Sure, some would be led to believe it as a form of social justice. We've seen more than enough examples of the Internet raising their pitchforks and going to extreme lengths to even engage in doxxing in the name of justice. 

With the benefit of hindsight I can confidently say that I would've stepped in to help in any way possible to prevent any further harm to either party. Yet, it would seem that we have all been taught the same lesson: Don't be a hero.

There are instances where this would be sound advice and letting the big boys handle a situation is most wise. Yet I can't help but think that such reasoning fails to empower the individual to do more than just bear witness from behind a screen. 

We can and should show at the very least some empathy and humanity to the people in our community. This goes for both the subjects and viewers of recent events in the headlines. It would be naive to say that a little kindness would go a long way but we have to start from somewhere.

When we take the time to see the people around us, we move from a place of tolerance to one of love. That is something I think we could all use and make this dark side of paradise just a little brighter.