When the pandemic broke out last year, and most of us were under lockdown in our homes, panicking, there were several who cried out that Nature is bringing in a correction. The arrogance and constant exploitation by humans were being given a fitting reply.
Whatever may have been the hypothesis, during lockdown we were expected to realise the value of compliance; the value of mobility; and the value of society. We were expected to realise how our actions have direct impact on the lives of others. And vice versa.
Such a crisis comes once in a lifetime or never. A crisis that you cannot resolve on your own, but only collectively. A crisis that has a collective impact on individual actions.
But have we learnt the lessons?
I am no expert in Economics. But feel let down by those who are. Those who are taking the same measures, to help us get out of this long pandemic-driven economic crisis, which are meant to be taken only to counter normal man-made financial recession or spurt disasters.
I hardly have the influence of framing public opinions. But those who have, are still trying to convey that we should value our rights more than our responsibilities; that we should blame the government for opening up public places or not banning festivals, and it’s as if our obligation to defy all COVID guidelines otherwise.
We raise our voice for free vaccine across the board, and not only for the poor. Even those who are able are not willing to shell out the nominal amount. Yet they shout the loudest over increasing prices of other commodities. As if the vaccine funds should come out of thin air.
We are still polarised between allopathic and alternative medicine, with no one willing to work with the other, while no one has any absolute solution. The majority view is trying to force its preferred choice, by denying access and amenities if certain medical procedures are not followed. The procedures which are supposed to be a matter of personal choice.
While one might argue that when our actions impact the lives of others not everything can be left to personal choice, there still can be absolutely no justification for political claims that supersede those of even the inventors. Even the judiciary is passing judgements on the effectiveness of medical procedures!
Every one in any position of power is now a scientist!
Lastly, between waves, we seem to suffer from temporary dementia that COVID exists, and fill up stadiums and election rallies without taking basic precautions like wearing masks and carrying sanitisers. Yet we promptly start raising our voices asking for facilities that we well know will raise infection rates.
So, it is time to shed the theory that the Coronavirus is Nature’s way of rectifying humankind, because, in that case, the virus has failed miserably.