Looking at people’s response to the current pandemic has made me realise a few things, two of which being especially paramount.
1. If this crisis has not caused a significant long-term damage to your life, you are extremely privileged.
Honestly, I’ll include myself in that group.
I’m not rich, but I’m definitely not poor either.
My work has suffered a little, and it will take a few months for me to recover. Significant? Perhaps, but I wouldn’t call that long-term.
My savings have taken a major hit, but at least I did have savings to begin with.
Of course, the most annoying thing has been the fact that some of our other privileges like going out, eating in restaurants and traveling have been curtailed. But that’s what these are: privileges. A temporary rescission of our privileges is a small price to pay to survive a global health crisis.
If we can’t even handle that… I don’t even want to finish that sentence.
2. If this crisis has led you to see an improvement in your life, you have been squandering your privileges.
This is the part that irks me more.
“Oh, who would’ve known that a pandemic that has killed half a million people and shattered the lives of millions more was exactly the kind of blessing in disguise I needed to spend more time with the people I love and read and write and paint and cook and exercise and do all this stuff that I never had a chance to do. Thank you, Corona. You have changed my life.”
I can’t even…
Just, do better.
“From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”