I would like to take a short break from my usual routine of posting articles on writing and instead focus on what is happening around us.
I understand it is hard to concentrate on your writing when there are so many things going on around you. I, for one, is also getting distracted by so many news that is taking place right now.
It is alright to get scared. That is normal. When you are afraid, you become more cautious, alert with your surroundings, and protective not only of yourself but also of your loved ones.
We fear the invisible things. It is hard to fight and eradicate what is not visible to the naked eyes. So, here we are, trapped and tortured with fear, hysteria, negativity, and judgement.
Do not let these crush our spirit. We are better than that. Our prospect of survival depends on our ability and our behaviour towards one another.
Our government and the media have bombarded us endless news and discussions about the coronavirus that is taking over our lives now.
A great American leader, Thomas Jefferson, once said, “The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.”
We looked up to our politicians governing our country for guidance, for protection, for good health, and financial security. They are also human like us with a family that needs protection and security. And, they would do everything what they think is best for everyone.
The call for a national emergency has put us all in a state of fear. To overcome that level of anxiety, we must be resilient and strong in spirit.
We are dependent on one another for survival, yet, we ignored the cry for extreme precaution and social or physical distancing.
We can no longer go to work, but it is not an opportunity to go around places and seek fun and adventure. We are not on a holiday break, not anymore.
We must think of our safety, our total well-being, and the safety of the people around us and our community. Our only hope is for our society to act as one family looking after each other, caring for one another and providing help who need it most.
We have that induced fear and anxiety of missing out or not having anything that will provide us for our daily maintenance.
This fear led us to greed and selfishness. We behaved like animals fighting for a mere piece of item that we could share with everyone.
Selfishness dictated our behaviour to take more than what we need and what we can swallow. Still, we instead have it all for fear of not having anything at all.
Let us all get reminded what Mahatma Gandhi said…
“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need but not every man’s greed.”
Let this challenging experience become our teacher about life.
We learned the value of life when it diminished right before our eyes. We don’t own it. What is left of it will be taken away anytime, whether we are ready or not.
We learned to slow down, to take a deep breath, and to go home.
We move in a fast lane where the nights are no longer welcome; when the power never gets turned off, and technologies dictate everything we do, what to say and even what to eat.
We found time to sit down and have meals with our family.
We listened to music, read a good book and wrote a poem, and spent time with the people in our household.
And, for the first time, we felt that fear that we might lose what we love.
Keep your faith grounded and don’t be ashamed to pray. We will survive this horror. We will fight it, and we will pass the test.
Let us renew and cherish what is left on Earth. It is our home. It is our responsibility to take care of it.
Till next time. Take care of each other.
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