PHILIPPINES, Manila : Filipino laborers clash with police personnel in Makati City, November 16, 2015.
Many workers are protesting the policies of large businesses and corporations which includes
low salary, contractualization, environmental degradation and other issues to press world leaders of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Manila, Philippines. / AFP / JOSEPH AGCAOILI                        


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I’ve begun worshipping the Sun for a number of reasons. First of all, unlike some other gods I could mention, I can see the Sun. It’s there for me every day. And the things it brings me are quite apparent all the time: heat, light, food, a lovely day. There’s no mystery, no one asks for money, I don’t have to dress up, and there’s no boring pageantry. And interestingly enough, I have found that the prayers I offer to the sun and the prayers I formerly offered to “god” are all answered at about the same 50-percent rate.

I decided to look around for something else to worship, something i could really count on, and immediately I thought of the sun. Happened like that, overnight I became a sun worshipper. Well, not overnight, you can’t see the sun at night, but first thing the next morning. I became a sun worshipper.

Several reasons: First of all, I can see the sun. Unlike some other gods I can mention, I can actually see the sun. I’m big on that. If I can see something, I don’t know, kinda helps the credibility along, you know. So everyday i can see the sun, as it gives me everything i need: heat, life, food, flowers in the park, reflections on the lake… and occasional skin cancer but hey, at least there are not crucifixions, and we are not setting people on fire simply because they don’t agree with us. Sun worshipping is fairly simple: There’s no mystery, no pageantry, no one asks for money, there are no songs to learn and we don’t have a special building where we all gather once a week to compare clothing. And the best thing, the best thing about the sun, it never tells i’m unworthy, doesn’t tell me i’m a bad person that needs to be saved, hasn’t said an unkind word. Treats me fine. So, I worship the sun.