Does the Coronavirus Pandemic Have any Positives?
A SHORT ARTICLE by Ewan A. Keenan |
COVID19 has now spread across the globe and the number of cases are continuing to rise. With much of the Western world taking similar lockdown procedures, what next for its citizens? With such uncertainty, many individuals are anxiously panicking, frantically stockpiling and awkwardly sneezing. My big question is; what positives can we take from this pandemic?
Instruments will be learnt, paintings will be painted, songs will be sung and literature will be written. There has never been a better time to get creative...
I know it is a touchy topic at the moment but I am trying to make light of a horrific situation. Due to most of the population being stuck indoors, we must be using the time wisely to defeat boredom. I was thinking yesterday that there must be some great music, art and literature being made during this time as so many will be stuck in their homes.
Many will be told to work from home (if possible) and this may suggest that when the pandemic does finally end, that certain industries and companies realise that this could be a new reality. Much of what they used to do in the office can be done from home. This is certainly an upside to a difficult situation.
It is also great to see the community spirit with people sending out leaflets to elderly people's homes offering support for shopping. The pandemic is bringing the best out of civilisation.
I saw a beautiful piece of writing shared on Instagram which wrote;
"And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently.
And the people healed. And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.
And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed."
- (This piece of writing has been shared multiple times but I believe the name of the original person who wrote it is called Kitty O'Meara).
These are difficult times and who knows what the situation will be in a few weeks from now but let's try to be positive about the situation. If you are fortunate enough to have free time whilst self-isolating, make the most of the time.