The Pandemic’s Ulterior Motive

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The coronavirus is resuscitating humanity, despite what we hear in the news. It is creating a great change in human society and behavior that is for the better.

On the surface, we see the mounting death toll and the economic collapse. We see the governments bickering about what should be done. We see the protests of people who aren’t able to work in order to support their families. What meets the eye is a catastrophe, and no one could be so sanguine as to say this pandemic is a Godsend.

But the true catastrophe could be our missed opportunity.

Look at what the average person has to endure just to make sure his basic needs are met; Meager wages, constant stress, and long hours are just some of the hardships that we accepted with the realistic tone of “that’s just life.” In short, we only could look after ourselves, and were taught not to depend on others.

Self-reliance has long been hailed by society and depicted in countless novels and Hollywood films. However, nature is showing us that we are dependent on others, despite what we feed ourselves in the media. The virus has taught us, on a global scale, the well-being of one community is the same as the well-being of all communities on the planet. This is the new reality we’re trying to grapple with, but it’s a lesson we will have to learn, because we cannot undo the interdependency of the world.

This interdependency is the number one factor we have to take into consideration in the future, and is the “behind the scenes” motive of the coronavirus lesson nature is teaching us.

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Joseph Donnelly

Writer and editor with a Bachelor of Science in Public and Environmental Affairs. Interested in integral systems and how to make the best omelette.