For the first time a phenomenon in our lifetime has put everyone in their place, physically and metaphorically. Hence in a way Coronaand the consequential lockdown have ceased to be a question at the individual level. It is a little sad that this realisation is sinking in our minds rather slowly given the ferocity of the happenings. In a way we are all slow learners.
What has corona done to us? It has knocked us down from our comfort zones. It has ripped off our security blankets. It has thrown all of us in a huge pool of uncertainty no matter how mighty we are. That is the short answer to the question posed in the blog topic.
Of course a lot of people are lamenting their loss of jobs and earnings. Business owners except those in the pharmaceutical industry are routinely complaining how the lockdown has ruined their businesses and how difficult it is to climb back to their previous levels. Governments are grappling with the question when it will be the right time to remove the lockdown. They are debating whether lockdown should be lifted partially or totally, and are unsure of themselves. Opposition parties are irresponsibly questioning governments without themselves being clear about any alternatives. First they questioned the lockdown, then criticised timing, whether it was hasty, or too late, and now are busy questioning the timing and extent of unlock. Their antics would have been so amusing had it not been in respect of a tragic situation.
Another incredible lot are the business news channels. They are dreaming total economic revival, buoyant markets, unprecedented demand and prosperity for businesses once the lockdown ends. At the same time they are canvassing for mega financial support and subsidies for businesses from financially overstretched governments who are spending hugely to fight the real virus and help the poor. WHO the conscience keeper of the world is under blistering attack for its incompetence. It is losing credibility. The elusive vaccine is sowing seeds of great expectations of huge killings(I mean profits) in the minds of thugs running mega pharmaceutical companies. The gullible common man thinks he is going to get it for a song. What is predictable however is that a second wave of the virus will hit humanity when the first one ends.
I am personally obeying the instructions of the government. We have all the conveniences in our senior living facility. Our bank delivers money at our doorstep, our e-papers land early morning in my phone, our grocer is only a whatsapp away, much of our food comes from our canteen, our in-house nurse brings our medicines, we get to see our friends wearing our masks and maintaining safe distance, we have 24 hour supply of water, power and internet. No need to stir out. Can’t ask for more. Can I?
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