While I was never a precariat, growing up in a landed property estate made me very sensitive to being looked down upon. Even though I had more toys than other kids in school, I had poorer toys compared to my neighbors. I was also shamed because culturally I was not as sophisticated as my neighbors who consumed great works of Literature and knew pop culture more than I do. I watched channel 8 growing up, my fucking neighbours watched American Sitcoms. I hated cultural trappings and Literature because I don’t understand why it has to become an instrument of shaming of other Singaporeans.
My solution was to study hard. Study of the factual so that it can be weaponized to meet any objective I want. Build stuff be it writing code, designing portfolios or reviewing contracts. Because I drank meritocracy’s kool aid, I know that I can beat those bullies of