Editorial: Blessings ahead

ANOTHER new year dawns, another year to live, prosper in, and challenge.

Like what 2017 taught us, we can never foretell what fate awaits, but we can always stand alongside each other to weather it through.

Looking back, it was a tiring year. There were a lot of activities, there were a lot of coverage that stretched on to late nights, and then there were the challenges posed on the business side of things, as we are sure many have also experienced. Enjoying the growth that the country is experiencing requires being up with the ties, seeing opportunities everywhere and growing from there. It's a crazy world out there. But it is our world.

Thus, as we move on to a new year, we wish everyone better discernment for what are the opportunities on the horizon and how these can be harnessed to benefit our community and our people; the purity of the heart to trod on with only good intentions and actions, consciously turning down offers that corrupt, and serving the poor and downtrodden away from social media posts; but most of all to seek only the goodness in each other so we may all find peace and dispel all our hatred and recalcitrant stance against cooperating for the better good of all.

Last year was all about peace initiatives turned stale by old slogans. Last year was about battles waged by angry warriors tapping on their keyboards. Last year was about growth numbers in unimaginable levels. Last year was about the people's continued trust on government, far different from how the people have become jaded and distrustful of governments of the past.

Let us learn from all these and find it in our collective souls to finally come to terms with the need for concerted actions to lift up each other and the community as diverse people of different beliefs but one concept of humanity: that of caring, serving, and prospering individuals working for even greater successes. Let us be reminded that peace and justice is not of a single ideology, but is the aspiration of all, and let us as one people work towards those, as a people diverse in culture and beliefs, but one in respect.

May this New Year's message lead us to ponder on our individual roles in pushing for a society that is humane and serves only the good.
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