How does one stem a pink tide?
Especially one composed of so many young individuals who look like they are in it for the long haul?
Honestly, you can't, going by the size and type of turnout at Pink Dot 2017.
A video showcasing what went down during this year's event held on July 1, 2017, has been put together by the organiser:
Most impressive of all was one attendee who flew 13 hours from Paris to Singapore just to take part in this year's event.
But if you aren't entirely convinced of how diverse the crowd was based on this video, one thing you can appreciate though, is how well put together Pink Dot as a cause is.
There is simply no equivalent organic social movement in Singapore today that is as highly-coordinated with consistent, accumulated positive feedback loops, given so many moving parts that threaten to throw things off.
If you look around locally, the sound and fury supposedly coming from sizeable groups fizzle out the moment they go from online to offline.
For Pink Dot, the loop has been reinforcing.
Anomalies aside, to have youths in Pink Dot's cause, is to have an extended runway.
For these younger participants, how effective they will be in making a change in wider society over the years is not completely certain, but it is something they can be eternally hopeful for and be part of.
The knowledge that they are not only inheriting a society but also actively shaping it is the reason plenty have been religiously mobilised every year for the past nine years to show up.
And with more to come, they can be sure their place on the right side of history is most likely sealed.
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