It’s the middle of the day and amidst the quiet and worry I find it difficult to focus and stay positive. Right now, it appears we are all in survival mode.
Relationships, my work and spirituality keep me going. But the analyst in me keeps asking the same nagging questions: how will we move forward? Will this all just wash away?
I personally think life will never be quite the same once we get through this. The pandemic is going to change our collective perception of who we are and our place in the world. The temptation will be to simply use existing techniques and rhetoric to get over this iteration, but what structural long-term policies and reforms will we adopt to address the next major global crisis?
I hope as a species we see this as a warning call that is to be ignored only at great peril. Will the world change? I’m not sure. But if we don’t adapt to the heightened risks nature is increasingly revealing then we will pay increasingly higher penalties. The change can only occur if we all weigh in. As a society, I feel we have outsourced too much for the sake of convenience and economy. We’ve outsourced policy, ethics, jobs, and accountability. We did that because it worked wonderfully. Until now, that is. Yet, my sense is it’s time to take a hard look at that ideology. Increasingly so for the sake of our own survival.
Writing this has been cathartic. Thank you for taking the time to listen to one person’s point of view. Now, it’s time to get back to life, as hard as it is at the moment.