“But this is a time to gather the facts, then get quiet and summon our deepest wisdom — and let that wisdom lead us. For we have difficult choices to make in the coming days,” says Valerie Kaur in her memoir entitled “From Revolutionary Love.”
It is now five months into the pandemic and I need to reflect on my thoughts and feelings regarding the impact of Covid-19 on humankind.
The Three Stages of Live
I have been a member of The University of the Third Age for the past 20 years. Never before have I been so aware of the significance of ‘The Third Age.’ This senior group of people has retired. Their concern is about their investments, rather than their capacity to earn. By contrast, those in ‘The Second Age” are still needing to earn. They are the most implicated in the slowdown of the economy and the insecurity of maintaining their lifestyle. Those who are still in ‘The First Age’ are concerned about the disruption of their education because of the closing of schools and institutions of higher learning.
The Confluence of Three Crises
I am not alone in my conjectures regarding this pandemic having made me more critically aware of both the urgency of Climate Disruption and the injustice of Class and Caste all over the world. In the USA many People of Colour have died at the hands of the police. The way it happened to George Floyd a couple of months ago, the cruelty of this particular public act, and the fact that it was so widely reported on social media, has ensured a widespread awareness as well as the urgency of acting on this misappropriation of justice.
The awareness of the malevolence of the role of a carbon dense atmosphere has been intensified. Pictures of cities in China which are usually bathed in smog are now photographed as being exposed to the blue sky. The birds are singing more loudly and wild animals are returning to their habitat. There can be no place for the refutation of scientific evidence regarding the negative implications of carbon polluted air. It has been reported that the reduction of emissions for 2020 are now in line with the recommendations of the Paris Convention. Great news indeed. It can be done. Let us ensure regulations are promulgated to ensure the continued diminution of toxic waster products.
This is the first time in history that populations throughout the world are feeling the devastating effects, the gross implications of living in an interconnected world. The virus knows no boundaries. We are all in this together. The only way in which we are going to save our planet from the gross injustices of the past is for people, of all nationalities, of all persuasions to work together. Never before has the interdependence between humans, and animals and nature been so obvious.
The World Economic Forum is taking the lead. This organisation led by George Schwab has been meeting fortnightly to brainstorm transformative ideas for a restart of the economy based on the needs of people across both the political and class spectrums, irrespective of prestige or belief. In January 2021 the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting at Davos is going to have a new format. Instead of inviting only successful business leaders, political heads of states and influential people, the decision has been made to have the voices of three generations present at Davos. The concept of The Great Reset is truly inspiring
Reading of the plans of this illustrious body of thinkers, I detect a rejection of the neo-liberal model where gross economic growth is the most important criterion of success. The main objective of business. There is an inkling of awareness that it is not only the shareholders that need to be rewarded with dividends. All players in the organisation have needs that must be met, including those performing the most mundane jobs. The selfish, short term motives of activities must be replaced by the long term goals to benefit all the players. The benefit all needs to be incorporated into the business structure. It is going to be today’s youth who come up with new ideas to manifest these progressive theoretical concepts.
The Biggest Learning of the Pandemic
The rules and regulations of the lockdown have transformed our lifestyle in the most dramatic manner. This ability of the world’s population to regulate their day to day habits has been necessitated by the lethal capacity of a micro-organism. It has been demonstrated that “Where there is a Will, there is a Way” There must be a way towards a fairer and more equal society where the needs of all beings are treated with fairness and dignity.
“I can see how we could use this opportunity to design a better world,” says Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), “but we need both national and multilateral institutions to make it work.
Solidarity and sharing and deciding on how you protect people – both within nations and globally – is absolutely critical at the moment.”