What fuels us

It is no longer just about the pursuit of progress in a world of possibilities — it is about seeking sustainability in a world that is shrinking.

Mondays may be infamous for being “bloody” at times, but Tuesdays may well follow suit for being “bloodier.”

Following oil companies’ Monday announcements regarding price adjustments, their implementation the following day sometimes leads to packed gas stations the night before, causing bleeding congestion and a lot of irate people.

The past weeks have been no different. Last 17 January, fuel firms implemented the third adjustment for the year — gasoline prices rose by P0.95 per liter and diesel by P0.50 per liter.
What did that mean for the average consumer?

For motorists, it meant “a net increase of P3.10 per liter for gasoline; P0.80 per liter for kerosene; and a net decrease for diesel of P0.20 per liter” in the first weeks of 2023 alone, according to the Department of Energy.

For commuters, it could spell another increase in fares.

The impact on businesses and anything that requires the transport of goods is on costs, which eventually trickle down to the average Juan buying rice and salt.

Forget even the onion for now, though prices are said to have lowered, they are still steep for anyone earning a basic salary with three mouths to feed.

So yesterday, 24 January, saw increases of almost P3 on fuel.

Reports said “Caltex, Cleanfuel, Seaoil, and Shell (hiked) gasoline prices by P2.80 per liter and diesel by P2.25 per liter. Caltex, Seaoil, and Shell also (increased) kerosene prices by P2.40 per liter.”

This, unquestionably, was a painful slash on pockets already badly tattered by the recent outrageous price hikes on certain food items.

The latest fuel price movements resulted in total adjustments for this year to stand at “a net increase of P3.10 per liter for gasoline and a net decrease of P0.20 per liter for diesel,” reports showed.

We are sure this would not be the end of it.

The continued gas price hikes, and rising food costs, have caused many Filipinos to either worry or laugh their cares away.

Such is life, we say — and such are we, with varying coping mechanisms every time a problem arises.

Many of us choose to move forward anyway, propelled by faith — in God, in oneself, and maybe even in others.

What fuels us to live in spite of all that life may bring is different for each one. For some, it is love; for others, hate. Others are powered by greed; some, are by a need to survive.

These days, survival is seen as a key driver of every leader’s decisions. It is no longer just about the pursuit of progress in a world of possibilities — it is about seeking sustainability in a world that is shrinking.

As the world’s natural resources are rapidly depleted against rising populations, amidst climate change and geopolitical tensions, we must muster all our strength to keep our lives going.

What gives us reason to get up and walk through a veil of uncertainty? Despite its silver linings, the pandemic unveiled very real worries in a very unreal situation. We can fuel up with faith, yes.

When the fuel tank is depleted, we hasten to fill it with that which gives hope and purpose. What fuels you these days?

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