BRINGING HUMANITY TO THE FORE
“Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. Humanity is to grow stronger by conflict.” – William E. Channing
In December 2019, a disease broke in the City of Wuhan in Central China. The disease, which was subsequently identified as coronavirus disease or COVID-19, went from being declared a public health emergency of international concern on 30 January 2020 to being classified as a pandemic on 11 March 2020. As of June, the disease had infected more than six million people and killed more than 380,000 worldwide.
The depravity of this virus is such that it spares no social class and has had a devastating effect on humanity as a whole. Hence, when news surfaced that the disease had found its way onto the shores of our country, it was understandably met with fear and general concern.
Unlike a typical battle where the enemy is known, we are fighting a war against an invisible threat that we must unite to defeat. Yet, it has not all been gloom.
Humanity has always proven itself to grow stronger when faced with adversities and it hasn’t been any different with the coronavirus disease. While our survival instincts are tested, we are exploring new facets of life we never knew; we are finding new ways to define our close interactions with others.
Here are some positives that can be deduced from the world’s reaction to the realities brought to the fore by the coronavirus pandemic thus far.
- The world will find a way to move on, at least until a vaccine is discovered.
As the search for a cure intensifies, so have lockdown or shutdown protocols been initiated around the world. However, this doesn’t mean the trend will continue indefinitely. Just as China learned to survive amid the virus, so will other nations, at least until a permanent solution is developed
- Benefits of working and learning remotely highlighted
The coronavirus affects everyone, including businesses and schools. Some of these businesses have found ways to function efficiently without any hitch while many students continue to acquire formal knowledge and other requisite skills via virtual means, thus highlighting an area of strength hitherto not known. With the world rapidly moving towards digitization, this learning curve will prove invaluable in the long run.
- Opportunity to spend time with family
Before the coronavirus pandemic, everything moved at breakneck speed. People had less time to enjoy special moments with loved ones. This standstill has however provided a timely reflection and woken people to the realization that despite the mad rush for riches and self-fulfillment, family matters.
- World unity not a mirage
Humanity is about rising above ourselves for the sake of our common unity. While it initially seemed like most countries will forever be at loggerheads amidst the struggle for world superiority, a special kind of bond has developed.
As we await positive news in this perilous times, may we continue to play our parts in defeating this enemy by abiding by laid-down regulations. In all, let us not lose our human quality of love as it is what defines us all.
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