At a time when humanity, with its mind-boggling achievements in several fields, is marching ahead like a juggernaut, trampling all other creatures and destroying the mother earth, there appeared a pathogen, undetectable and buried. And, the secured in a dark doomsday pathogen brought the entire humanity to its joints and pushed it into a nasty huddle indoor air covid.
It made us stop bragging about Artificial Intellect and the Internet of Things for a while and start practicing how to wash our hands properly. It made us let go of our gregariousness and forced us to maintain social distance. It stopped us from manifesting our confidence by having a firm handshake and made us stay clueless on what to greet each other. It forced us not to ignore coughs and sneezes as just natural reflexes and dread them instead.
However, if you conclude that only bad things are happening due to the break out of novel coronavirus, you are taken wrongly. The relentless spread of the pandemic has brought about an unintended climate benefit through reduced toxins, which led to cleaner air and water. Not only this, it even made many people shun the consumption of meat and turn vegetarians, at least for the short term. And, most importantly, humanity realized the unpleasant fact that its seeming invincibility is only an illusion and it continues to be vulnerable to various surprising perils.
The virus break out even created many odd situations. Normally, nations, when they observe the advent of a dangerous opposing forces, go out all guns blazing to neutralize it. But now, they are requiring all their citizens to hide behind their four walls and wait for the undetectable opposing forces to pass. If you sit in front of your TV most of the time, you are branded as a passive. But now, they want you to sit in front of your TV for God’s sake to save humanity. And the globe-trotting businessmen and professionals, who are normally looked up in shock, are now being diagnosed and treated with contempt.
As the fatal pathogen keeps spreading like a wildfire, it is likely to bring about some radical changes in terms of how we perceive things and lead our lives. Therefore, it is timely to reflect on the likely changes the nasty pandemic will force upon the world.
De-globalization: Globalization, which brought prosperity to some sections of the society, has been under the scanner in the developed world for shifting manufacturing facilities to the third world and allowing the Islamists to invade Europe in the garb of asylum seekers. It also created a tribe of globe-trotting businessmen and professionals, who consider themselves as global citizens. Now, the same people are carrying the virus all over the world with their irresponsible behavior. Their behavior is propagation more contempt among the ordinary people towards globalization, which triggerred the movement of not only men, material and money but also the terrible virus across national bounds. In many parts of the world, the air-ports are closed and the people who fly across national bounds are asked to self-isolate themselves. The closed air-ports, quarantine centers, and isolation wards may well be the garden soil zero of globalization. The growing opposition to globalization may finally end up strengthening the hands of right-wing nationalists, who are likely to build tall walls alongside their region.
Socialism: It is the capitalism that paved the way for globalization, which led to a gargantuan increase in wealth. All the new-found wealth, however, got concentrated in the hands of a few ultra-rich individuals. Nevertheless, the break out of coronavirus is requiring governments all over the world to resort to socialistic measures. They are extending many benefits to people, especially the vulnerable, in the form of cash geneva chamonix transfers to compensate for the job losses. Nevertheless, the upsurge of socialism should not be taken wrongly with a revival of communism. Because, the communism, with its violent history, became so unpopular that people may not be ready to submit themselves to their totalitarianism once again. In fact, the total lack of transparency and conspiratorial secrecy maintained by China’s communist regime in dealing with the virus break out is liable for this current crisis.
Strong Governments: For a long time, economists and social thinkers highlighted on minimum government, setting its activities to only some fields such as defense and policing. The virus break out, which requires a herculean effort to contain, once again brought the importance of government machinery to the fore. Very strong government with its institutions and men in uniform can deal with a crisis of this magnitude. Now, the people, communities, and organizations are seeking government support to breeze through the crisis. Even the big corporates, who advocate laissez-faire during normal times, are demanding bailouts and stimulus packages to kickstart the going slower economy.
Changing Mechanics of Crisis Management: Normally, after every crisis – whether it is a terror attack or an economic crisis – the state heads reassure their citizens not to panic and urge them to show resilience by getting on with their usual lives. But now, we are jotting a completely different phenomenon where the state heads across the world are resorting to scaremongering to force people to stay in the house. The reaction of the people to coronavirus threat has so far been undisciplined. If people don’t repair their way, governments may even resort to the use of high-handed methods to bring the situation under control.
Mercy Towards Animals: After the break out of coronavirus, the animal legal rights organization, People for Moral Treatment of Animals (PETA), made a tweet showing how the term ‘coronavirus’ developed into an anagram for ‘carnivorous’, highlighting the fact that the pathogen has its beginnings in meat markets. The relentless growth of non-vegetarianism, in addition to causing agonizing pain and suffering to animals, also turned the slaughterhouses and meat markets into the sources of various pathogens. Most of the bacteria that afflicted humankind till now take over animal beginnings, and therefore people must reform their food habits if they want to contain virus episodes in the future.