It is difficult to run a blog (even one that is seldom updated, such as mine) and not feel compelled to write about things currently happening in the world. Of course, the topics that a blog usually addresses are small in the grand scheme of things. A blogger may write about a war in their country, a disaster in their neighborhood, a revelation within their personal life, or even simple knowledge they wish to share (think recipes, workout tips, craft ideas, etc).
Over the past several weeks, I have watched countless creators address what has been happening. YouTubers offer their thoughts and condolences to their fans. Celebrities do what they can to amuse friends, families, and strangers during their time spent at home. An artistic co-worker of mine passes out beautiful hand-drawn depictions of flowers, complete with notes of encouragement or witty humor.
All of them are feeling compelled to do what they can during this time of disarray. Societies are being tested, families are being ripped apart, and governments are scrambling to do what they can, where they can. Some dismiss the pandemonium, saying it will pass. Still others spread panic, saying only proper fear of this pandemic can save the world.
And then there are those of us in between.
When I say “us”, I mean those who have looked at both sides of this global catastrophe, and seen it for what it is. It is not the end of the world, nor is it a simple disease that should be taken lightly. But it is deadly, widespread, contagious, and out of control.
Ah, but that’s the crucial phrase, isn’t it?
Out . . . of . . . control.
The last few months have seen countless fingers pointed in countless directions, and many people asking “who (or what) is responsible?” God? Buddha? Allah? Fate? Aliens? Nazis? The long-dead Soviet Union? The chimp from Planet of the Apes? Tommy, the Dominos delivery boy? The reality is that it doesn’t matter who is responsible (although I doubt it was Tommy, so try not to blame him). Whatever you believe in, whoever you blame, and however this virus has affected you, only one thing matters when it comes to subduing it.
Yes, unity. In the end, I am simply here to echo the words used by so many leaders, doctors, and parents since last December. But instead of telling you how to find this unity, I encourage you to practice it as you see fit. If you pray, pray for all of us. If you give money, give to those affected most. If you play a mean air-guitar, take a video and send it to people who are sick, they could probably do with a laugh. If you are a skeptic, then find out which of your close family and friends are worried, and send them some words of comfort.
In short, I am not asking you to do anything that you normally wouldn’t. Simply look at the things you do every day, and ask yourself “how can I make this about others?” It doesn’t matter where you come from, what you believe, how old you are, or whether you’ve made it this far into my post (although I hope you have). What matters is that we band together. Offer what you can to others, and you’ll find that they’ll do the same for you.
This is going to affect us all before it’s through, so whether you believe it’s the end of the world or a government hoax, just be ready when it comes. And remember . . . it’s not about you.