April 28, 2020-
The current pandemic, like any previous crisis, has brought out the best and the worst of human nature. There are those in this country who are convinced the ONLY reason that there is a big deal being made about COVID-19 is to keep their favoured candidate(s) for political office from winning. Their opposites are saying pretty much the same thing about the handling of emergency funds. The bottom line: It’s about ME!
Yes, and no. Every human being has to take stock of a situation, no matter how widespread or dire, with regard to his/her personal circumstances. That’s fine, but then. the considerations must become more community-focused, then nation-focused, and, finally, globally-focused. To their credit, there are people at all points along the political spectrum, and in all Faiths, who see the big picture. Christians recognize that God is calling us all to the Altar. Buddhists are having global chants via digital platforms. Muslims have, by and large, not insisted on in-house gatherings, during this season of Ramadan. We Baha’is, likewise, are thriving with digital meetings, of various kinds, as well. There are those, in both the conservative camp and the liberal camp, who resist the loud voices calling for “liberation” and defiance of any regulation, on the one hand, and for open-ended quarantine and forced digital identification, on the other.
The future course of action will be decided, in my humble opinion, by conditions that exist at the ground level. I also feel, very strongly, that the length of the pandemic will be determined, to a huge extent, by how much of a community dedication there is to revamping the way we go about our community life. Do we respect those who have no choice but to go to work? Do we respect our children enough to find ways to honour their needs for exploration and activity-indeed, do we respect those needs in EVERYONE? Are we willing to stop the daily dogpiles on those who see things differently than we do, and just listen for once? Do we want to honour the health of our elders and those whose immune systems are compromised?
One of my advisers says that we are rapidly approaching a fork in the road, as to how our society, how all societies on Earth, will go forward. There will be a choice between communal thinking, based on “the hurt of one is the hurt of all”, and a positive view of the future AND a greed-based, control-oriented mindset (seen on both right and left), with a cynical, negative view of this life. I, for one, think the choice is quite clear.
The hurt of one IS the hurt of all.