THE GREAT "CORRECTOR"" - Thought for the week 29 March

The great “corrector”?


Apparently in cities in various countries where quarantine has been in place for some time now there are more and more animals starting to venture freely into shopping areas and neighbourhoods. The air is becoming significantly less polluted as can be seen via NASA satellite measurements. Sea life are starting to return to some city canals. There are even whole families going out for strolls (keeping 2 meters apart from other families) on daily walks. There is even seldom heard of international cooperation amongst sometimes hostile nations despite self-preservation urges. Ditto for some beautiful scenes of neighbourhoods caring for its most vulnerable. We are even seeing countries’ governments limiting often unlimited profit-driven healthcare for the sake of making emergence ICU care available to all by temporarily nationalising private hospitals.

Imagine that. Almost a world the way God had intended it. A world with a bit more ecological harmony, justice for the vulnerable and non-discriminating respect for humanity in general.

Yet, it is being brought on by our very necessary self-isolating behaviour in response to a pathogen. A pathogen that is causing suffering, fear and more and more human deaths, not to mention economic catastrophe.

What if we had not put such a big burden on the environment by not having over-populated our cities, not consuming species not really meant for human consumption, not travelling so extremely much. Would this pathogen have jumped species? Would it have spread so rapidly within communities? So quickly across nations? Probably not.

It is too early to say what we are going to learn or even what we are supposed to learn from this pandemic. It is too early to say exactly how far reaching or long lasting the virus and our responses’ effects will stretch.

In the recent words of Microsoft Founder turned philanthropist, Bill Gates, states: “Whereas many see the Corona/Covid-19 virus as a great disaster, I prefer to see it as a “great corrector”. It is sent to remind us of the important lessons that we seem to have forgotten and it is up to us if we will learn them or not.”

May this period of economic pause, of consumption cessation, of compulsory closeness to oneself and to one’s nearest – may it eventually lead to a seeking of more harmony, justice and balance instead of the almost unbridled quest for the golden calf of growth and profits and satisfaction at all costs. As we are experiencing, maybe the costs have become too high.                                               

Rev Alan Childs



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