This is the magic number that is making Singaporeans relatively happier as dining in capacity increases from a meagre (unless you’re a couple) two starting today (12 July).
Incidentally, five happens to be my favourite number. I can’t put my finger on why exactly I like it, however my intuition tells me that it suits my feel for balance and stability.
To me, anything more than five is a tad clumsy and helter-skelter whilst the numbers lesser come across as malnourished.
Quite simply, I don’t have to speak whenever someone asks me what’s my numero fave-o! Read my hand, is my answer as I flash a full palm at the person.
On a deeper level, I had to find out quite mysterious meanings to this number.
Biblically, the number five symbolises divine grace, kindness and favour to humankind.
At a time like COVID (which has the Roman numeral V for 5 in dead centre), an interjection of such would be ideal to alleviate the negatives of the pandemic, even if it’s all in your mind. Grace drives out darkness thus there must exist a hidden light that can illuminate the world again.
Is help on the way in the form of a miracle? Well, judging by the magnificent sunsets lately bestowed on our island, rumblings of goodness might be in place?
Or then, it might just be wishful thinking and the effects of strange weather and being cooped up at home.
Vaccines can only stretch so much. What we need is something more substantial. Uplifting.
Digging from another angle….
The Mayans believe that the number five symbolise perfection. The Mayan civilisation can be traced back to as early as 1500 BCE and they were experts at reading the stars. Should their understanding of things shrouded in mystery be applied to 2021?
What would be their take on COVID-19? Which shooting star should we look at?
In my reckoning, the pandemic is the exact opposite of the number five which means that what we’re experiencing currently in the form of lockdowns and mask wearing is really: imperfection. As all good things come to an end, so do bad things.
I’m still star gazing now and then to see when the twinkles will align to bring about a new era ‘cos one can but hope.
As horror writer Stephen King once said: “ Remember, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.”
Meanwhile, remain mysteriously safe with the mask on and greet your groups of friends with care and concern.
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