How are we responding to the latest great challenge of history? How did we as nations, societies and individuals respond to the Coronavirus?
We are living through the time of Coronavirus. We are experiencing the great stock market crash of 2020. We are living through the strange days of social distancing, online living, and fear and discomfort that is the COVID pandemic of the 20’s.
In short — we are living history, right now as we speak and live and breathe. This is history in the making.
So how are you writing your story of history?
Socially, how did we respond to the Coronavirus?
Socially, I see this as a time of nationwide, global panic. People are going a little crazy, governments are taking drastic actions, if not a little late in some cases and our social lives are being put into lockdown.
This is a time of great fear.
Is that what history will mark this time as?
Will it go down as the great pandemic panic of 2020?
Who knows, I for one have been so surprised by what I’ve seen. People fighting over toilet paper stands out as one ‘great’ moment of the panic of 2020.
And how do we compare to the noble actors of history. In it’s many storied pages, we may scroll back to see 100 years ago, brave men and women stoically stood down the ‘HUN’, the Spanish flu, the Nazis, communism, and so on, with a stiff upper lip and a steely resolve.
How will history reflect the humanity of 2020?
Are we getting stronger? Are we advancing the human race? Have we become better and more than our predecessors? Have we stood shoulder to shoulder with our fellow humans in a brave fight that is worthy of our great character?
I don’t know?
I feel like a bit of a wimp here hiding behind closed doors. But what can I do? I, like 90% of the population, are not well equipped for this kind of battle.
No, at the moment I feel like the best thing I can do is stay out of the way and not cause trouble.
What an interesting state humanity has come to, when having the discipline to social distance is a new gold standard in good citizenship.
“Strange days indeed, most peculiar mama”, to quote John Lennon.
Globally, how did we respond to Coronavirus:
How will history judge us on a global scale?
I don’t know, because at this moment, I feel a division.
Maybe this is the smart action — not just socially, but nationally. We divide and lock down and the virus loses momentum.
Seems like the one smart thing to do.
And in this moment of social distancing, we can see what is being done by our fellow humans. I see the government, where I am, Vietnam, moved quickly and set up facilities to handle this problem. I see volunteers manning these facilities and doing what they can to help those infected. I’m not so sure of the response back home in Australia, though I and many of my expat colleagues strangely feel safer staying put right here in this little developing country than racing for the safety of home.
But lets keep it positive. And positive we should be. I hear Italians singing from the balcony. I see the doctors of Russia and China boldly going out on a great crusade to help the world. I hear of sacrifice, of doctors ‘taking a bullet’, ‘in the line of fire’, with ‘no self-regard’ — heroes working valiantly for the good of humanity.
And in this moment I feel history will judge us kindly — if they can overlook some selfish hoarding and fighting over toilet rolls.
And I see governments seriously contemplating how to help their citizens. How to stall the economic destruction of the stock collapse. Considering the impacts on people unable to work. I see there is compassion and care, but also I see that there is real fear for those who are stuck — helpless individuals, victims, minor, faceless roles in history’s play.
What is being done? I hear governments are considering stimulus packages and aid and living relief for their citizens. I just hope it is enough.
How will we live through the coronavirus?
How do we individually respond to Coronavirus:
And finally, individually, I see a mixed-up response. I see some people taking social distancing so seriously — i.e. a cousin who ran past and said ‘sorry, no chatting today’. But on the other hand, I see people planning parties and enjoying the business slowdown, getting infected and then cursing their quarantine lockdown.
But I guess that’s human.
The history of this time will be written by more voices and more perspectives than any great event in … well history.
Will that diminish the impact of its story? And what ‘official’ account will be passed on in schools and textbooks and memories in a hundred years?
An interesting thought.
How are you living through coronavirus?
How are you writing your part of the story?
I don’t know what my part of the story is. I guess I’m staying safe, looking out for my family. Doing my bit by following the rules and being considerate of others. By taking some time to hopefully add some positive words to the conversation.
A few positive words, but not really doing much.
I know there is more I can do, but not much. For most of us, this is time to stay positive, support your fellow humans; family, friends and neighbors, by being smart and practicing sensible behavior. Maybe try to spread some positivity and help fight the fear. Maybe try to call on history to remember that we are indeed noble, brave, and worthy creatures in many an hour of panic.
Ultimately, in this time of Coronavirus, we need to remember the true heroes — support the doctors, nurses, medics, by doing the right thing.
Stay positive and start doing what you can now, so your own personal history reads — 2020, the time I began my mission to success.
2020 was the time I put my hand in with those around me, with family, friends and those that needed help.
And one day, we can bravely say, when the chips were down, we kicked in and started building towards a brighter future.
Good luck to us all and try to stay positive, wherever you are socially distancing around this wonderful world of ours.
Take care everyone.
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