COVID-19: The Necessary Evil
It’s already 2022 and our world has probably witnessed the most astonishing and long-term transition since the beginning of the last century in the past couple of years. Let’s take a moment to recall what we have been through if you are from the future when hopefully mankind is over with the pandemic. But if you are one of us then it’s high time to reflect our inner thoughts to the depth that the massacre is trying to evoke. Let’s focus on the greater goods now that the damage has been done!
The pandemic of COVID-19 has introduced us to a hauntingly beautiful duality of life. It summoned so many layers of human existence that we had forgotten along the road. Losing the track of time, we are after the time itself! But COVID-19 not only has stomped lives but also made us rethink our entire system, well-thought executions, and even the minimality of the limitations of our existence in this universe. It took seconds to shatter the pride and contentment of progressive humankind when we started losing against an invisible microbe. It changed and rewrote the regularity that has fancily adorned the name – “The New Normal”. Thousands of lives have been questioned, health care, education, economy, and social aspects have encountered challenges. Some doors have already been closed for many people who were solely dependent on physical interactions and manual labor.
On the other hand, for those, we have the luxury to rethink and reflect while staying safe it is a sign to take a break and fathom the true essence of life. Some shifts in our daily lives are so intense that has ensured the rise of many opportunities and new doors to knock on. For example – the booming use of online technologies and distant execution of works. The multinational giant Amazon hit 200% profit growth in this pandemic! ‘Work from home’ got a whole new meaning and we rediscovered ways to stay connected and keep the cruise sailing. Distant learning measures ensured how enthusiastically people have dived into the practical skills too along with their regular academic activities. Platforms like Coursera claimed that more than 1.6 billion e-learners benefited from this pandemic through their platform. The gaming industry has seen a huge leap in its profit in this pandemic. In the US alone about 4 out of 5 people had played some sort of video game in this pandemic.
Apart from the materialistic goodness we also started considering the bare minimal ways and qualitative aspects of living life. The Healthcare system and frontline service providers have pushed their limits. The community welfare measures have drastically improved during this period! The environment is less polluted than ever before. Maybe in the past half a century, this is the least damage we have caused as a species towards the environment. The waterways are cleaner, the flora and fauna are restored to an impressive extent. In the path of losing lives, we realized the necessity of having our dear ones’ back. Families got reunited more than ever before. We got a healthier and safer internet to connect with the world and have access to better content while staying aloof! New measures have ensured that nothing can stop the vision of mankind even when our hands are tied and there is nowhere to go. Whereas losing loved ones and restructuring life messed up the mental health of many, some sources shared interesting facts! A survey data from Fitbit users in the US has claimed that they are having 17 minutes more sleep than before the pandemic hit. Some have been taking the long-desired break that was keeping them away from spending quality time with friends and family. This helped to decrease the mental fatigue due to the isolation we usually have because of our professional lives. Not only that we innovated new ways to discover different cultures through virtual exhibitions and tours. Another bright side is the carbon emission got cut up to 8 percent lesser than usual as this is the rarest ever recorded in the past 70 years of data.
We, as the ordinary mass, had breakdowns, scary nights, and different sorts of crises along the way. But maybe this was a necessary evil that was much needed to make us reflect on our lives in the mirror of our inner soul and take a break to cherish what we love and rethink what’s more important in this ”quarantine”.
Well, for me? It was one of the worst times for sure but I won’t label it entirely the worse when I look at the bigger picture. As Charles Dickens said — ‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”.