Posted on August 27 2018
Last Friday night, BooksActually held the launch of the ever-talented Eve Yeo’s The Ideology #3: Persisting Resistance at Centre 42. As we celebrate the arrival of the long-anticipated magazine, we zero in on what makes The Ideology #3 a powerful read.
The Ideology #3 focuses primarily on disparate social inequality in Singapore, encompassing issues ranging from the accordance of differential treatment to people of different skin colours to the anxieties faced by the lower-income groups in this fast-paced, wealthy society. Yeo boldly addresses several urgent yet obscure issues, many of which have been constantly and deliberately concealed by the glory of a national narrative that propagates the nation’s success, in a sociological light that reinforces the need for compassion and empathy. She beautifully leverages on sociological giants such as Emile Durkheim and Teo Yeo Yenn and their concepts to illustrate her message: solidarity is key to eliminating the problem of individual isolation.
“We need to start looking for solidarity and make it easier for voices to be heard, then to stand in solidarity and ally-hood to let each other know that no one is alone.”
At the heart of The Ideology #3 nestles a comforting and empowering note that we have one another to depend on and we should be joined in our mission to ensure that no one is left behind. While Yeo advocates change by exemplifying the importance of awareness, she also speaks of the pitfalls of embodying a strong sense of responsibility. One prime example is how we are bound to be worn down by the demands we place on ourselves to be deemed a responsible human being.
“Reconcile you with you.”
The Ideology #3 encourages us to be strong-willed, kind and gentle individuals. It is about love for the self and others, by extending our empathy and choosing to be compassionate. It is about being firm and rightfully angry at the problems others encounter–recognising that these are also our problems.
Lastly, “we have to be able to see ourselves in the future”. What are we going to do about what is going to happen? Who is going to do it? By shedding light on the supposed altruistic actions of billionaires and the historical happenings in Hong Lim Park, Yeo offers a refreshing perspective on what it means to struggle in a capitalist society.
By Shermaine Lee