A Sideways Glare at Contemporary Society
Our grandparents and their parents were called on to fight a World War to save the world. Now, it’s our generation’s turn to hear the clarion call to action. We’re being called on to save the world by staying home, sitting on the sofa, playing video games and watching TV.
WE CAN DO THIS, PEOPLE!
This is the part where ordinary people step forward and do better. There are many of us on the frontline of this fight, but for the rest of us … we are not required to be extraordinarily brave, we’re not required to leave our homes and families and we’re not required to put ourselves in harm’s way. In fact, we’re being asked to do the very opposite! So, it’s not too much to ask that we also leave our fat world of entitlement behind us, drop our petty differences at our feet and just be better human beings.
So, here’s a rough guide on how to do better in the time of Covid-19.
The world has changed. You don’t have to like it, but you do have to adapt. We all pride ourselves on how well we think outside the box. Here’s our chance to prove it.
If your natural tendency is to complain – go ahead. However, here in 2020, the entire world got pooped on, so we all have something to complain about.
If your natural tendency is to laugh – go ahead. It can’t hurt.
And if your natural tendency is to cry, remember you’re not the only one.
Don’t claim the moral high ground: there isn’t one. Nobody gets extra points for doing the right thing. It’s what we’re supposed to do.
In the pantheon of problems the world faces right now, there is only one choice you have to make. ONLY ONE! Buy what you need and leave the rest. It doesn’t require any sacrifice. It isn’t even a hardship. It’s normal. And, believe me, your life isn’t going to be any better because you’ve got 4 boxes of Cheerios.
This task has been given to you – no one else. It’s your personal responsibility, and it’s not downloadable to “them” or “they” or someone half a world away.
There are no mitigating circumstances. None of us has any excuse not to wash our hands, keep our distance, smile at our neighbours and play by the rules.
Remember, we all know the result. We all know we’re going to win. We’re not facing a smart enemy who can outwit us. We’re not facing an enemy who’s going to change its tactics. We’re not facing an enemy who can divide us and deceive us with promises and propaganda. We’re facing an enemy that needs to be isolated and killed – full stop. So what you do right now determines whether this will be a long and arduous war or a sharp and final battle.
It’s not a choice: it’s time to be better!