Now assaulting a fragmenting Western World comes a pandemic whose consequences cannot be known.
For once we are all concerned about the same thing. Our life.
But our real lives really on the very thing we are destroying on a daily bases the planet on which we all live.
The coronavirus pandemic is not just concentrating the messages we are receiving it is exposing the inequalities created by the soul of capitalism- Greed.
People had a vague sense of these inequalities up to now and things haven’t changed all that much.
All over the world, the poor, immigrants and ethnic minorities were more susceptible – not, as eugenicists liked to claim, nor because they were constitutionally inferior, but because they were more likely to eat badly, to live in crowded conditions, to be suffering from other, underlying diseases, and to have poor access to healthcare.
This much is relatively well known.
One hundred years ago, a world recovering from a global war that had killed some 20 million people suddenly had to contend with something even more deadly: a flu outbreak. The world has suffered many pandemics in the years since – but this one is far-reaching in more ways than the loss of life, with few places escaping.
Pandemics now spread more quickly than they had in the past the result is a disease take longer to burn itself out.
The picture we have of the pandemic is vastly more detailed today than it was 20 years ago, let alone 50 or 100 years ago.
Back then the public health system was in their infancy – in many places, only the middle class or the rich could afford to visit a doctor.
They produced a toxic cocktail of an idea: people who caught infectious diseases only had themselves to blame and the family was often described as a poignant testimony to the disease’s cruelty.
The pandemic revealed the truth as it still does today. Nobody is immune.
Even though most of us alive today have seen or heard of Ebola (mentioned in the media 16 million times) Sars (55 million) HIV (69 million times) Covid-19 has been written about over two billion times so far.
Who is behind this massive push?.
If you believe everything:
(Big-Pharma) want the virus to spread, because it will bring them profits in mandatory vaccination whether it prevents or aids the spread of the virus;
Governments want the virus to spread because it allows them to impose martial law and abolish civil liberties;
There may be an element of truth in the above but must world leaders are attempting to contain the rapid spread of Covid-19 by simultaneously performing two opposing and difficult tasks- preparing their countries for significant risk and avoiding inciting panic.
However, it’s worth considering the erosion of trust.
While it cannot be known for sure, the Covid-19 outbreak may have been contained earlier under different leadership conditions there is no doubt that the current Pandemic will cast a long shadow over the 21st.
Lack of consistency and scale of response will, unfortunately, be refected.
When significant problems strike leaders, must be careful to avoid saying something they will end up contradicting later. Crises management is perhaps the most difficult test for leaders.
Winning short term news cycle isn’t a long term solution. This is especially true with Covid -19 a threat that is evolving constantly.
It is reminding us that we are all connected and something that affects one person has an effect on another. It is reminding us that the false borders that we have put up have little value as this virus does not need a passport. It is reminding us, by oppressing us for a short time, of those in this world whose whole life is spent in oppression.
It is reminding us that ones reach must go beyond one’s grasp.
It is reminding us where there was once a community, no matter how unequal, there is a lack of community.
Above all, it will shine a light on Greed.
When it is over we will be locked in an economic civil war over who is to own a country, its assets and global trade.
We should bear that in mind as we prepare for the next one.
Because the community is also being destroyed by artificial intelligence.
There are 195 countries in the world today.
As to how many people groups are there is anyone guess.
The world can no longer operate on GDP, G8, G4, G7 or G anything if we are not to live scars until we died.
It must come together on all fronts that are vital to our existence.
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