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To me, a safer future
encompasses the following five aspects: psychological defense, social defense,
economic defense, civil defense and military defense. Each and every one of us
has a significant role to play in ensuring that the five aspects of defense come
together to build a strong nation for all. Only when we come together to
fulfill our collective duties can we combat any threat that attempts to breach
our security.


Psychological defense refers
to our resilience and unity in the face of a threat. Having a fighting spirit
is a key factor that determines whether or not a person can overcome challenges
in times of crisis.  If a nation is
resolved and determined to face the challenge as a whole, willing to stand up
to defend what is theirs with pride, they are likely to have a safe future
regardless of the challenge. Therefore, it is important to inculcate a feeling
of citizenship in every citizen. One of the Singapore National Education
messages states that “We must ourselves defend Singapore”. This applies not
just to Singapore, but to every country. Every country’s citizen must be
prepared to stand up to defend his country in times of crises. It is also
important that they have the strength and resilience to return to their regular
routine as soon as possible after a crisis, as well as support others during
these tough times.


Social defense refers to a
country’s social stability such that citizens of diverse backgrounds appreciate
each other’s cultures and live together in harmony. It is therefore crucial for
citizens to understand each other’s cultural identity in terms of their
heritage, religion, and customs etc. A lack of social defense would mean a lack
of peace in society, leading to chaos. In order to strengthen our nation’s
social defense, we should be sensitive and respectful of all races, including
those besides our own. Making the effort to learn more about other people’s
cultural identity gives us insight into their identity and values. Expanding
our social circles by making friendships with fellow citizens from other
communities is of the essence. Social defense also requires us to keep an open
mind and be accepting of new citizens. Instead of shunning them, we must show
them greater consideration and give them time to understand our way of living.


Economic Defense is about having
a strong economy that can withstand and support the nation through economic
challenges. It means that a nation must build a good economic foundation to
ensure its economic stability. Besides having good and sound economic policies
by the government, citizens can also play their part. For example, citizens can
cultivate a habit of saving money and to spend money wisely. With the
significant changes to the economy resulting from the rapid rise of technology
in the 21st century, one can keep up with the latest technology and stay
relevant and employable, and help keep the country competitive economically. We
can put economic defense into action by embracing life long learning and
continual skills upgrading to adapt to the changing needs of the economy.


Civil defense is when citizens
know what do in times of crisis. During a disaster, it is important to know
what to do in order to help one’s country. Knowing when to pitch in and what to
do can ultimately save not only his or her own life but save their families and
their neighbours. Citizens can read up on what to do in an emergency and can
participate actively in Civil Defense exercises, gaining more knowledge and
being prepared for any disaster. Picking up life-saving skills such as first
aid, CPR, AED, or fire-fighting. As citizens, people can also be more alert and
keep a lookout for suspicious activity.


Last but not least is Military
defense. Having a strong military is crucial to any country’s safety and to
counter external threats. Be it protecting their nation from being attacked or
deterring foreign intervention, a good military will do whatever it takes to
defend his or her country. To remain operationally ready, a countries military
personnel has to keep fit, train hard and be emotionally and physically
prepared of being attacked. Having the latest military technology and equipment
will definitely boost a nation’s strength.


In conclusion, a country needs
to have all the 5 defenses strong in order to be safe with very one of its citizens
being well aware of it and be united.