The COVID pandemic is likely to be one of the most dramatic periods of “failing” – failing health, failing lives, failing business, failing welfare – that many of us will ever experience in our lives. And yet, Arundhati Roy’s piece ‘The Pandemic is a Portal” tells us that even in this tragic failure, there are aspects to embrace (thanks Steve):
- “Whatever it is, coronavirus has made the mighty kneel and brought the world to a halt like nothing else could. Our minds are still racing back and forth, longing for a return to ‘normality’, trying to stitch our future to our past and refusing to acknowledge the rupture. But the rupture exists. And in the midst of this terrible despair, it offers us a chance to rethink the doomsday machine we have built for ourselves. Nothing could be worse than a return to normality. Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next. We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and hatred, our avarice, our data banks and dead ideas, our dead rivers and smoky skies behind us. Or we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world. And ready to fight for it.”
With the never-ending lock-downs, we are all certainly getting the opportunity for stepping outside both the frenzy and routine of daily living and reflect on new approaches and possibilities in the aftermath of this troublesome period.