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I feel like there’re so many things to write about. But my body tires.

“Go. I support you.”

***

“If I were a girl, I’d work here. It’s so Filipino.”

Because she still uses “salapi” and “botelya”? I wonder how she talked to the Japanese.

“Yeah?”

This is probably the same feeling foreigners get when they go to Japan and servers greet them “Konnichiwa” or “Irrashaimase.” We don’t really know what they are saying, but it’s part of the theme, the package.

***

How would you prove that three persons exist in one Being? How would you explain the Trinity?

“I would tell Augustine’s story about the sand—”

But that doesn’t really explain it, right? I mean it just says that it’s not fathomable by humans. So, why should we believe?

“Ok. I’m gonna use the oldest explanation in the book. It’s like an electric fan. It has three blades, but it moves as one. It creates wind that we can feel. That’s the graces.”

***

“I think I’ve become a stronger believer in Machukaku.”

Why?

“He claims that Math is the language of God understandable to man. For example, you know Fibonacci numbers in nature, right?”

Yeah, yeah. The Golden Ratio, too, right?

“Nature is so well designed that the Fibonacci numbers on flowers, like this, makes sense. Because if the petals simply follow even numbers, they won’t get sunlight.”

Right, right. I think it’s a good theory, but I can’t really think about it right now.

“I think you’ll love it more when you study Math. That’s why the deeper I get into Math and Physics, the more my faith strengthens.”

I did love Math, you know? But I don’t think I love it now the way you do.

“’I love you, Rennie,’ says Math. ‘I love you.’”

***

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“I found a stupid guy online asking why nobody could show a picture of the Big Bang.”

Well, why don’t we have it? With the technology we have now—

“It’s like a big escalator. On the first step is where the Big Bang is. And we’ve just stepped on the escalator.”

Well, the steps on the escalator fold then cycle, right?

“Think about it this way: This is the earth. The known universe is a sphere where the earth is at the center. We only see a limited universe. For us to get a picture of the Big Bang, we have to find a wormhole. And because those only known to us are those inside the sphere, we still have to wait for light to enter our line of sight which—”

Which will take such a long time. Because time continues, the universe is still expanding, But the Big Bang is the first second, which means we can never see it.

“Unless we discover a wormhole.”

Wormhole… They would have never given it a name if it doesn’t exist right?

“It exists! Remember what I told you about the Yes or No Principlea? The Big Bang is the result of the Yes, but, certainly there is still a point where the answer is always No, No, No, No…”

Yeah, yeah. And that’s—

“That’s the wormhole.”

***

So what do you say about that Torre de Manila behind Rizal in Luneta?

“Oh, about the photobomber? Whichever way it goes, I’m ok.”

Really? Why?

“We should build higher to utilize space better.”

No! I think they should take it down. I mean— I remember Big Bang Theory.

“O?”

The show, ok?

“Yeah.”

The comic book guy tells Leonard about his Iron Man helmet signed by Robert Downy Jr. and Leonard just says “so?” Comic book guy retaliates by saying, “You saying ‘so?’ denies the very existence of this store and all of us inside here.” I feel like it’s the same case. How we don’t care about the sanctity of the Rizal landmark refutes our entity as Filipinos

“Ah…”

And I mean— What do we have? What can tourists get from going to the Philippines? Rizal is the most famous Filipino. Some people go to Germany or Spain, or somewhere in Europe, to visit the room Rizal had stayed in or to follow a path he had treaded. I mean, the landmark in Luneta, wouldn’t we benefit from that?

“Ok, I understand.”

If for the masses, Manny Pacquaio is the Filipino icon. For artists, it’s Rizal.

“Ok, I get where you’re coming from. But think about the Bull in New York City.”

What’s that?

“It’s the icon in New York, and it’s smack in the middle of high-rise buildings and skyscrapers. And it looks good. Why don’t we make the Rizal monument like that, too?”

But—

“But because Torre de Manila is just the first step, it looks like an eyesore.”

But… Yeah, maybe that’s possible. Am I wrong?

“What?”

Am I hindering that kind of progress?

“No, don’t say that.”

But, what if, that’s where we need to go? And people like me who are idealistic, or still believe in traditional ideas, are, in fact, hindering Philippine progress?

***

What is the identity of the Philippines? Are we supposed to be urbanized, with buildings and skyscrapers and all, like Singapore and Hong Kong?

***

I think the Philippines should focus on profiting from eco-tourism.

“I’d rather see Aetas in bahag playing soccer.”

***

“I’d put you in my zoo…”

In a zoo?

“Remember the civilization game I’m playing? I’m already at the epitome of a scientifically progressive civilization. I have treaded the science path. But I keep warriors at my zoo. I keep a historic and cultural part of my civilization intact. I’d keep you there.”

In a zoo? You’d put me a zoo…

“But I don’t want you to stay there…”

You’d put me a zoo…

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aI apologize but we have both forgotten the technical term for that principle. Basically, the Yes/No Principle claims that in every case, there are only two possible answers: Yes or No. For example:

yes no principle

So, if the answer is always No, we would not exist at all because nothing will happen next. So at one point, the answer was Yes and everything became possible. Then the cycle of questions answerable by Yes or No continues, at least for Yes.

bSome names are written as Machu Kaku, others Michio Kaku. Go, google him.

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