The 13th Post

Do you have triskaidekaphobia? Well, it’s the abnormal fear of the number 13. In our times, we believe that the number 13 is an unlucky number… People even gave some examples:

Why was Pres. Estrada impeached? Because he was the 13th President of the Republic.

Why did the Apollo 13 Lunar Mission launched on April 17, 1970 at exactly 13:13 (24-hour time format) unlucky? Well, you guessed it… or not.

Why is there no F-13 plane when there are F-12’s flying around? Because pilots are superstitious.

Why do some buildings have elevators that go from 12 to 14? Because people are superstitious.

Why is there no 13th cinema in malls? Because the number 13 is unlucky?

Fear… it is a feeling we cannot fuly explain. Yet it has been a driving force in human history. How do you think Ferdinand Magellan circumnavigate the world when at that time, the world was said to be flat? Because he dared to. Why do you think Nicolaus Copernicus published his controversial book, “De revolutionibus orbium coelestium” (On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres) when at that time, anyone who would say that the Earth is not the center of the universe would be excommunicated from the Church and punished severly? Because he dared to. Why do you think our hero, Andres Bonifacio fight the Spaniards despite his lack of military knowledge and poverty? Because he dared to.

Fear can lead to either good or bad, depending on how we face it. Many people have conquered their fears, and it led them to greatness. The world is now a much better place because of these good men and women. For if they did not go against the social notions, the possibilities of failure and their own personal fears, do you think we would have done the same too?

We are afraid. It’s in the human nature to be. But for me, fear is but a four-letter word that mankind uses to say “Impossible!” to difficult situations. Fear is in the mind; it’s a matter of the mind thing. Fear is nothing, it’s all in here, in us.

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  1. Paraskavidekatriaphobia is the fear of friday the 13th. I just wanted to add that. šŸ™‚


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