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Let's go into basic psychology. We are all familiar with this. The golden rule -- every religion has this, every tribe teaches this. They say it differently but the essence is the same: Do unto others what you want done unto you. What we sow is what we reap. He who lives by the sword dies by the sword. Walang nangkang namumunga ng santol (No nangka tree will bear santol fruits). Violence begets violence. Love begets love. Kindness begets kindness. Birds of the same feather flock together. Like begets like.

What does Physics say? Every action is met with equal reaction. There is grave danger when we become a party to the dissemination of speculations that are damaging to people, whether organized or as individuals. It matters not whether these speculations are told in jest.

Thought is energy. Positive thought is constructive; negative thought is damaging; if directed at people, it really hurts. We are free to choose whether we want a Mindanao where people, the Muslims, the Lumad and the settlers or migrants and their descendants live in harmony, or a Mindanao where the inhabitants exist in continual conflict.

Those of us who had had relationships know the meaning of life in conflict, and life in love. We also know that a good relationship must be nurtured day after day. Positive action begets positive response. Negative action begets negative response.

The choice is ours.

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