It was a horrific accident and my heart goes out to everyone who got hurt.
I can only imagine the horror at the scene of the accident. Chaos, pain, panic, fear, despair all mixed in the morbid fragrance of sio bak in the air.
I remember being at a fire scene many years ago. One cannot imagine how is it something as awesome as the fragrance of siew yoke be associated to something as tragically horrifying as a burn victim.
That sensory overload was something that I had a hard time dealing with.
Anyway, enough of that. I wish for the speedy recovery of the survivors. May they get well soonest.
Coming back to this colour run thingie, I felt that it was something really dumb to begin with.
Sure, the supposedly underlying message, methinks, is that at the end of the run after all that colour blasting, we are identically multi-coloured. We are all coloured the same. No one is a different colour from the next person i.e. let's all kick racism's ass. Yay!
Let's pause and think things over for a while, shall we?
First of all, you are doing a 5K run. Sure, it is not really that long a distance, but it is enough to get a person breathing heavily from all that cardio exertion. Now, spray a shitload of corn starch powder in the air for everyone to breathe them in heavily.
Can anyone not see something wrong with this?
Sure, the corn starch particles are not small enough (PM 2.5) to enter your bloodstream but these larger particles (PM 10.0?) going into your body where it is not supposed to cannot be healthy at all, right?
Yes, eventually, they will be expelled from your body via phlegm, mucus, coughing and even choking. This is how the body deals with foreign particles in your air tract.
Wouldn't it be easier to not put them into your body in the first place?
This is the exact reason why I don't bother with these color runs.
It is stupid.
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