Sense of History

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  • Topic: Lee Kuan Yew, Bukit Timah, Singapore
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How important is a sense of history in shaping the future of Singapore’s society?

Stand: Sense of history is important to large extent

Opposing Statement 1:
Sense of history is not important because we need to be forward looking and the past will not give us the answers on how to move forward

Rebuttal: “those who fail to learn from the past, are doomed to repeat it” - We need to understand what has happened in the past in order to prevent it from happening again – E.g. Japanese occupation during WW2 & need for national security; National education to prevent race riots

Opposing Statement 2:
People and things are constantly changing and it is not possible that we face identical situations as before. Hence, looking to the past would not aid us in any situations.

Rebuttal: Although we would not be faced with exact same face of situations, there would still be existence of essential similarities under other circumstances. Example would be SARS hit Singapore in 2003, Singapore caught unaware and total of 201 probable cases of SARS and 722 suspect cases have been reported just a few days after outbreak of SARS. Learned from SARS situation and prepared ourselves to be more ready to contain such threats in future. H1N1, we were more ready than before and contained the threat in a more efficient and rapid way. Only 80 odd cases reported few days after outbreak. That shows Singapore’s efficiency in containing threat as they learnt from past mistakes.

Supporting Argument 1
Topic Sentence: Sense of history is important to our society because past deeds by our ancestors that helped shaped our country to what it is today will always be remembered and reminds us of the painstaking efforts put in by them so that we will not take what we have today for granted and work towards a brighter future.

Example 1:
NAS developed another World War II interpretative centre at Upper Bukit Timah Road, Memories at Old Ford Factory. This National Monument has a...
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