It is not an Asian culture to celebrate Thanksgiving but I do like the Western’s idea of it. To me, Thanksgiving is about appreciation of the “present” and giving thanks to those who deserve it. It’s something that we should all, in a secular manner, celebrate. Not just only on this special occasion but also on every day of our lives.

With violation of privacy, increasing fascism and state propaganda becoming more common, it is very easy for us to think in a pessimistic manner. Although the world might be in a state of utter chaos, we should all still try to remain calm and think positively.

The fact that we are still here today, with a place where we call home and with many other daily benefits we take for granted, it’s something worth celebrating. World war might be on the bleak but there is still a chance for world peace to “break out”.

We, as human beings, are in control of the world.

Some of us make a positive impact through volunteering for a cause we believe in. While others, unknowingly bring peace to people around us, through diplomatic mediation. And therefore, I would like to give a shout-out to those who tolerated, understood and cared for another person – thank you. Thank you for being a tolerant, understanding and caring person. Thank you for being part of keeping peace within our society. Thank you for everything.

You might think that these daily actions of tolerating and understanding before acting might just be a small act, but all these small things count and they do add up. So don’t belittle your own actions as they do play an important role in society. If everyone were to be more understanding and tolerant of one and another, we would not just be able to maintain peace, but also spread it.

Happy Thanksgiving and may we all find peace within ourselves.

Author: Woo Huiren

Currently a student at National University of Singapore. I contribute to opensource projects - primarily PHP and Angular related. I write about PCF and PWS related stuff too.

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