OK, we’re all “hunkered down” waiting for the plague to pass over (that sounds familiar).
I’ve been thinking, and have posted on Facebook, about the things I see as revelations from this COVID-19 crisis. Some things the COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated:
1. Humankind is a global society. – We are more closely linked than we ever imagined.
2. Humans are inter-dependent. – We depend upon each other.
3. Hiding the truth can kill people. – Open truthfulness allows collaborative work on a problem.
4. We are gullible and panic easily.- Evidenced by the empty store shelves!
But that’s about or CURRENT situation. What if this latest crisis is really just a part of a much bigger PROCESS?
The 20th Century was 100 years of warfare, from the relatively small Spanish-American War and the ensuing years of Philippine warfare, to World War 1, World War-2, Korean War, Vietnam War – all connected by a constant parade of warfare actions that cost countless human lives. And those actions have continued into the 21st century with the Gulf War and all the conflicts before and since.
In each war, there were “sides” – sometimes 2, sometimes 3, lately MANY. We’ve gone into these conflicts somewhat prepared, and somewhat confused. But the outcomes, win or lose, have so far not served to unite everyone, but rather, just a few. And those “left out” have periodically become the next foe in war.
So what was the point? Was it all just economics? What a price we paid! I contend that war has sometimes been inevitable, BUT it was NEVER truly necessary. It became inevitable because we had insufficient patience to exercise other options for conflict resolution. War was just a short-cut to getting what we wanted.
Now comes a virus – an invisible enemy – attacking everywhere on the planet – but this cannot be repelled by war.
My friends, this is a struggle that demands not “warfare” and conflict between opponents, but COOPERATION and COLLABORATION between ALL OF US to fix a global problem. Just as we developed the skills war in our past struggle, we now need to develop the skills for cooperation and collaboration that can protect and preserve us into the future. Perhaps through this skill-building exercise we can remedy the ills that have truly plagued humankind for so long.
I hope that from this struggle we will discover how to operate as a global society – relying on scientific and technological cooperation to resolve problems everywhere.
I hope the recognition of our inter-dependence will also enlighten our views about “globalization” so that we see that globalization must not be relegated only to the lowest bidder (willing to suffer for crumbs) but in a manner that preserves the reliability of production and distribution for the good of all humankind (eliminating single points of failure).
And for heaven’s sake, for our OWN sakes, let us not be afraid of the truth – particularly, let us NEVER choose our own image or momentary popularity over the dissemination of facts that people need to make sound decisions that contribute to the good of all.
And last, but not least, let us learn to trust each other by first correcting our own vision to see and accept the truth, and learning to love our neighbor MORE than ourselves with sacrificial actions.
Yes, it’s a tall order. But think about this – the Lord’s Prayer includes these words:
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Stay safe and sound!