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The Mighty Sun Rose Again

Watching the early evening news footages of people lining up to buy cheaper rice at NFA stores reminds me of an almost a similar situation three decades ago.

This happened when I was still a kid. I could vividly recall my elder sister and cousins who were urging me to join to buy candles and proceed to the parish priest to have it anointed along with several empty bottles to be filled with holy water. As a kid, I was very stubborn and curious to things I don't understand well. So out of instinct I asked.

They narrated to me that, tonight there will be purging of sinners and darkness will engulf our planet to last for three days and nights. And on that period, only anointed candles would light, and, the holy water would be used to fight evil spirits who would seek refuge. But before they could get over with their story I left and laugh, but I was reprimanded and eventually obeyed, not because of the thought that they were right.

The eagerness of people to protect and save themselves resulted to stores running out of candles that very night.

The following morning as I heard the first cock crowed, I jumped out of bed and waited for sunrise. And then, the mighty sun rose again, so I just scratched my head and smiled.

What is happening now is very much similar to that episode, lack of information and abundance of misinformation had resulted people to panic buy.

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