• Arwa Hanin Elrayess

Maybe It's Not All Bad: How The Coronavirus Is Restoring Our Humanity

Ranging from the freedom of movement to the stability of our jobs, health, and overall well-being, of all the things we lost due to the coronavirus, nothing has affected us more severely than the unnerving wake-up calls we were forced to endure.

Although the past few years have brought forth many unexpected surprises, the world has never felt more shaken than it feels today.

And that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

At a time when materialistic issues had become our number 1 priority, and our arrogance, self-absorption, and greed prohibited us from helping those desperately in need, COVID-19 has reminded us of how corrupt and self-centered the World had become.

If we were to look at this worldwide pandemic from a pro-active mentality, we would be able to see the countless silver linings and beneficial moral lessons that have been offered.

Now, all we need to do is learn from them.

For most of us, the threat and reality of the coronavirus didn’t sink in until recently. It seemed like an issue that was simply discussed and questioned, but never genuinely feared.

Many, including myself, had wrapped themselves in a blanket of hallucinated safety. Our towering buildings, shiny technology, and advanced medical equipment lured us into feeling as though we were untouchable.

We constantly saw catastrophes happening all over the world, yet we pushed away any possibility of them happening to us.

But now, as this virus begins to show dramatic and unignorable change in our daily lives, our fabricated bubble of safety has finally popped.

Covid-19 has reminded us that we can’t hide behind our glossy screens and lavish houses forever and that we are much more vulnerable than previously thought.

Not only that, but the coronavirus has also made us more aware of the countless tragedies happening on a day-to-day basis.

Outbreaks, wars and large-scale death have become normal occurrences in today’s world. Yet, most of us push these issues to the back of our minds and continue with our daily lives.

We rarely give the people who have endured endless suffering a second thought, because we submerge ourselves with our own needs and problems.

But now, the coronavirus has forced the whole world to experience a fraction of the anxiety and insecurity these people have had to endure their whole lives. By giving us a taste of the oppression, fear, and uncertainty millions across the world call their lives, this pandemic should encourage us to have more feelings for those we barely considered, and to be more aware of our surroundings.

Additionally, COVID-19 helped us to determine who our real role models should have been and reminded us of the minimal influence the celebrities we obsess over actually have.

For decades, we pumped billions of dollars into useless industries and endless entertainment services when we should have paid more attention to the vital fields that we cannot survive without.

The scientists we long belittled and provided minimal attention to, have proven themselves essential in this detrimental situation, and the main hope for our continued existence and advancement.

We were reminded of the true importance of doctors, nurses, policemen and researches who hold our society together and allow for our continued safety.

Our governments, who never fall short in providing billions for the manufacture of weapons of mass destruction, were shown that maybe our greatest enemy isn’t ourselves.

From our mass-pollution to our processed food and unsanitary living conditions of impoverished nations, we must have known that a disaster, such as a global pandemic, was overdue. Nevertheless, despite the warnings of countless experts, we did nothing to prepare.

Maybe, we shouldn’t have focused all our efforts on keeping immigrants away from our countries and sparking wars between nations, in order to maintain our personal interests. What we should have done was realize the weak position we placed ourselves in and aimed to, collectively, pull ourselves from it.

Undeniably, the coronavirus has helped us all in rethinking our priorities.

We were shown how insignificant the problems we constantly stressed over actually were. Our main purpose in life shouldn’t have been to gain as much fame and fortune as possible, neither should it have been to buy the most recent goods or to achieve another promotion, at any cost.

The problems we should have worried about were the ones that concerned more than just ourselves. We should have looked after those who were less fortunate, and cared for the planet that we depend on because we are only as strong as we allow one another to be.

There is no such thing as a “developed” or “underdeveloped” nation. A problem that affects one will ultimately show its effects on others, especially when this problem has no regard for the borders we built up, the labels we produced or the classes we split ourselves into.

In this situation, the populations we considered to be the most ‘civilized’ have shown that they are no different than the nations we deemed primitive and unsophisticated. Submitting to our human nature, during this pandemic, we fought for food, looted supplies and empowered instincts over our logic.

We were shown how similar we are to those living in underdeveloped and impoverished countries, whom we constantly demeaned and patronized.

In general, COVID-19 has reminded us of all the blessings we once took for granted. This pandemic should not spark uncontrollable panic and distress, instead, it should be a lesson for us all.

Something like this was bound to happen and it will, undoubtedly, happen again. What we can do, however, is learn from our mistakes and build on ourselves and the communities around us.

The World is so much bigger than our individual needs.

So, despite everything the coronavirus may take from us, hopefully, it will remind us of what it means to be human again, and force us to into becoming more mindful of the people, and world, around us.

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