What sets us apart?
Updated: Jun 4, 2020
We are currently living life under a magnifying glass where we are unable to unsee the abhorrent personalities prevalent in our societies in the time of crisis. On the other hand, it has finally illuminated our unnamed heroes. Two distinctive types are taking part in this Covid-19 marathon; one is ignorant and selfish whilst the other is nurturing and sensible. Who's going to win!?
One thing is very clear, those with very little - give the most without a second thought. The value of money does not enter into their thought process, the very act of giving and being of service defines their actions.
The task in hand is to help the sick and prevent more deaths whilst simultaneously shutting down the spread of Covid-19. Research and development into how, where and why the virus met humans and how this can be prevented in the future is in the background. Forerunners are making a mad dash to model vaccines and tests to prevent and prep for another surge in the future. Data scientists are desperately trying to understand and track patterns to create preventative models on a moving target.
Spring has sprung, we are now required to stay put, status trends and hashtags: #staysafe #stayathome #savelives fill our handheld devices. What will become of the vigilance towards these values once we are clear of the virus and disease? Will we return to the focus on monetary prevalence? Will countries take advantage of those in worse off aftermaths? Will the good work of staying at home, working at home, only driving and travelling somewhere if completely necessary pale into insignificance? I find the orderly way to shop and respect personal space to be rather splendid! Will family ties be forgotten again and friendship groups dissipate once more?
Meanwhile, 'other' politics has been cancelled until further notice...
Elsewhere...collective consciousness is noticeably accelerating, mindfulness of the other impact that this dreadful pandemic is having on our culture is rapidly surfacing. A holistic appreciation for stillness and inward healing and work. For those of us not setting the pace, it really is an opportune moment to grab hold of and embrace.
Time to get back to basics, being productive in meaningful ways and doing what you want to do with your days and nights. It takes a bit of getting used to, having the 'freedom' to go about your day in a manner that seemed buried and forgotten.
We are all doing the same thing, some in more lavish surroundings, but the filters are all being taken off. We are seeing reality for what it means. There is a concerted effort from those in the public eye to continue to entertain and keep spirits up. Yes, some are getting excited that this may be the platform to skyrocket their careers - and why not? There are always opportunities in the darkest of corners.
Conversely, some of the darkest corners give way to the worst kind of opportunists. The number of scams has reached new lows! Many people are quick to point the finger of blame at governments and criticise doctors and scientists for not knowing how to fix everything. Yet, when it came to the crunch - who turned their backs on the advice and continued to allow the spread of the virus when it could have been stemmed, who were the people that took the opportunity to look after themselves and to heck with everyone else's needs?
Some people are already casting their thoughts to the future, to the situations that are likely to occur once we pass the finish line. What is society going to expect afterwards? How will mentalities change? What overindulgence will be repeated at rapid rates to consume, travel, and enter back into the countryside’s in masses, resuming pollution of seas and the environment?
Will governments be forward-thinking and pass new bills through Parliament to prepare for this? Will establishments reduce their working times? Will there be a law to reduce the amount of alcohol consumed to not over-burden the NHS? Will supply chains adapt their lead times and fleets to cope with future events like this?
There are many opportunities to take on board and instigate in order to maintain a better way of living for everyone. Will there be an injection into development and salaries for the NHS? Should Nurses, Teachers and keyworkers have to pay for their training?
This is a time of change, change is always accompanied by a degree of fear. Some embrace it and flourish at the thought of adapting to new scenarios, some have reluctance but slowly ease into it, whilst others will dig their heels in and long for the old, even if it means inevitable disaster.
If we revert to life pre-Covid-19, it will be an inevitable disaster. The time is ripe to progress full steam ahead with increased parameters for climate change, invest in infrastructure across vital industries, maintain work-life balance, reduce carbon footprints and emissions. Encourage family values and children being educated about 'life' by their immediate family members and carers.
The ability to 'change' is going to set this generation apart from our predecessors who also faced tragedy and crisis. We must acknowledge that how we were living is miles apart from 'normal'. Poisoning our airways, demolishing wildlife and ecosystems to have economic and industrial advancement is not normal, it is sustained extinction. People earning next to nothing who work tirelessly to care for others and save lives is exploitation and must stop.
A little nostalgia
Back in the day...most people worked locally, fewer cars were on the road - one per household. Allotments were popular, family time was spent in the house and garden. Families would rarely travel out of the town they lived in apart from school holidays. Neighbours knew each other on a first-name basis and were treated as part of the family.