When this outbreak happened, my first instinct was to celebrate.
I saw what this virus could be: a catalyst for change. It was humanity’s rare chance at solidarity, superseding race, status, gender. I was naive in my thoughts because I assumed that having a common enemy would unite us. How wrong I was.
First came the racism, then the price-gouging, then the hoarding, more racism, greed, selfishness, the blatant spread of misinformation… Covid-19 has brought out the very worst in humanity. It has gone on to illustrate how the world is so unready to face catastrophe together. We have not evolved enough to survive as a species.
People buying up everything, ensuring that only they have enough is not how humanity goes on… If we have to leave others for dead in order to survive, is that really what it means to be human?
While there are uplifting stories… It seems that for every one act of kindness, there are a hundred heinous ones. Stories of sinophobia. People refusing to participate in ending the spread of the virus. People fighting over the last roll of toilet paper. People selling surgical masks for ten times the retail price. People trying to pin the blame of this virus on one single ethnic group or nationality. I look at the news and I am deeply saddened that this is humanity. This is what we are. A bunch of selfish barbarians who think we are above everything else.
Nobody is better than anyone else. At the end of the day, we’re all a bag of bones. We are one flesh. Interconnected. A family.
Maybe as time goes on we will begin to question, we will begin to appreciate, we will begin to think.
Money is not as important as we make it out to be. Happiness is simple. Cherish not just your loved ones, but each other. Our time is fleeting and a pandemic can easily wipe us out. We need to help each other. We need to help the earth. Think about the impact this virus has on us. Think about the impact we have on this planet. To mother earth, we are the virus. Think about the animals in cages. Think about how they feel as we are locked in our homes, and they, in captivity. Think about the kind of life you want to have. Think about the legacy we’re leaving behind.
Don’t let the world go back to exactly the way it was before.
That would be the scariest thing of all because that would mean we have no room for growth. We have no capacity for change. And soon we will be outdated, like the lost ancient civilizations of China, Egypt, Babylon… and you know what? The list goes on because the planet endures what humankind cannot. I’m not worried about the earth anymore. It will take care of their own. It’s humans I’m worried for. The way we’re going is a path straight to extinction.
Funny, isn’t it?
We’re the only species who are the creator of our doom.