ROYP: From Brave New World to the Bible - inspiring words our readers take comfort in

ROYP: From Brave New World to the Bible - inspiring words our readers take comfort in

Each week, we ask Young Post readers to share a little bit about themselves along with a quote that helps them get through life

Hello readers! I recently turned 18, graduated from high school, and applied to university. It sure sounds like I have it in the bag, but honestly, I’m at a loss. The DSE results will be released in two weeks, and I have no idea where I’m headed. I am at a crossroads and a million questions pop up. How should I cope with the uncertainty ahead? Sometimes, all it takes is a tiny push. You have to believe in yourself to make things work. Have faith!

Most inspiring quote:

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”

– Hebrews 11:1

You may not have a religious background but I think this Bible verse relates to everyone. Faith is a confidence we should have deep down in our souls. Practise active waiting – to wait in hope and confidence. Waiting is not a pause, it’s a constant preparation for the future, trusting your own abilities and loving yourself in the process. After all, you’re all you’ve got!

Lauren Faith Lau


ROYP: from Marilyn Monroe, to the Bible - inspiring words our readers take comfort in

Hey readers! We often go in pursuit of pleasure. We hope to avoid pain at all costs, and to live in a state of continual bliss. Yet, it’s the bad that defines the good; it’s the inequity that defines the compassion. Whenever I feel lost, drained by all the negativity, I’m reminded of a quote in Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World:

Most inspiring quote:

“But I don’t want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness, I want sin.”

- John the Savage in Brave New World

This quote is simple, but it’s undeniably moving. Huxley refutes the notion that we need only bliss. He tells us that to taste the sweetness of the fruit, we must first know bitterness. He tells us that, to be happy, we need the danger, the sin. This quote reminds me that all the suffering in the world exists for a reason. The wretchedness we feel isn’t arbitrary, for it makes the little moments of joy even sweeter. This quote gives me solace in times of hardship – it grounds me when I feel I’m in free fall.

Felix Yeung


ROYP: inspiring words that give our readers that little extra push they need

I may look and sound very British, but I was born and bred in Hong Kong. I am an avid nature lover and writer and hope to combine these two interests to educate the public on environmental issues.

 

Most inspiring quote:

Dare to be different

- (Anonymous)

So many people feel pressured to fit in with the crowd, as if that will automatically make them happy. I say be what YOU are. We are all unique in our interests and personalities and it’s that uniqueness that makes us and the world interesting. Don’t blend in, stand out!

Thomas Gomersall


ROYP: the quotes that help our readers deal with everything from self-esteem to homesickness

Hi, I’m Ngai. Pronounced “nai”, it’s actually a transliteration of my Chinese name but sometimes I tell people I’m from Vietnam just to mess with them because apparently Ngai sounds like a Vietnamese name (I’m from Hong Kong). I love reading novels and the news; I also enjoy playing the violin, chess, and Tetris.
 

Most inspiring quote:

“Because they make me think about what I do. They question my beliefs, and an unquestioned belief is almost vestigial (…) A belief is a filter, you have to run things through it, so you know how you’ll see the world. It’s a lens, it’s not a prop.”

– American comedian, writer, actor, and TV host Stephen Colbert

This is what Colbert said when asked why he is thankful for people he doesn’t agree with.

I used to think that doubting what I believed in was a bad thing because that meant I was unfaithful to my values and thus not a good supporter of the causes I champion. However, this quote helped me realise that there is nothing wrong with healthy scepticism. I also like this quote because it is applicable to the world we live in today, with all the political divisiveness, hate speech, and wars. People who shout others down when their beliefs are challenged not only look bad, but send the message that their opinions are untenable and would win no converts.

Ngai Yeung


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Tell us a bit about yourself, your most inspiring quote and what it means to you. Send us a lovely selfie in jpg format, no smaller than 1MB. Don’t forget to include your full name, your age and a phone number (in case we have any questions), and you, too, could be radiating #goals.

Edited by M. J. Premaratne

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
Inspiring words that comfort our readers

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