Brighter Side of COVID-19


Blue skies, clean air: The coronavirus lockdown is rejuvenating our environment

THE pandemic Covid-19 has stunned the world. It has terrified all in an equal manner. The mighty nations seem as helpless as the weaker ones. Though it has rendered us helpless yet it has unraveled certain realities that we may not have discovered under normal circumstances.

A tiny microscopic entity has halted our daily life. It has forced us to stay indoors, quarantined and isolated. It has curbed our movement and made us hostages in our own homes. It has even separated us from our loved ones. We are terrified at shaking hands, hugging and touching each other. All this reveals our susceptible existence on the planet. It has reminded us that despite our massive developments in science and technology we remain fragile, weak and vulnerable.

This virus has prompted us to to think and realise that we are not the undisputed masters of the world. If we could conquer the highest peaks, dive into the deep seas, kill the mighty animals, uproot tall trees, the nature can also avenge in her own ways. It just unleashed an invisible minute creature and we are trembling with fear. But do we realise the power of nature yet? Isn’t it time to shun our arrogance and complex of superiority? Isn’t it time to behave and be responsible, judicious, and humble?

The pandemic besides teaching us humility has many other wider implications for us humans. It teaches us that sufferings are common to us. We should never ignore the suffering and misery of our fellow human beings and other creation. Today when we are collectively facing the shortage of food and medicines, we are reminded of the sufferings of our poor brethren living in under-developing countries or countries ravaged by wars, conflicts, famine and droughts. They are facing shortage of such essentiality’s for ages yet world remained unmoved. The current pandemic must invoke in us the feeling of compassion, sympathy and goodwill. We must also realise that a single human suffering in any corner of the world is the suffering of all of us. We should mobilise to alleviate that distress.

The pandemic reminds us of the unity in purpose. Today we see that a single mistake of one leads to the misery of multitude. It teaches us that we should be committed to the welfare of general masses. We should never inflict pain on others through our activities. It instructs us that we should never breach the order, stability and discipline in a society. Else it teaches us that our greatest asset is our own people, the human community; not wealth, not technology, not tall buildings, not profits, not luxurious palaces and cars. It makes us to realise that a smile, a good gesture, a good word, the spirit of sharing and caring, and compassion are our true characteristics that we should never abandon.

Ashraf Amin
Assistant Professor, Department of Islamic Studies,
BGSB University,

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