Corona Virus and our World Community

"Positive Imagination of future is great inspiration for our beautiful life"
By Dr. Binay Singh March 28, 2020

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“Sweets are the uses of adversity which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, wears yet a precious jewel in his head.” - William Shakespeare

The “Bard of Avon” uttered the famous quote from above more than four centuries ago in a time when his beloved city of London was facing one plague outbreak after another.

In Shakespeare’s days, medicine was far from the evolutionary stage that we benefit from nowadays. Most diseases from common flu to the bubonic plague almost certainly meant death for most people back then. The famed writer retreated into quarantine and created some of the best plays in his repertoire. He also took the time to send this powerful message to us - a distant, future generation quarantined to escape the deadly touch of disease, yet again.

At the time of this writing, Coronavirus is spreading at a rapid pace, creating havoc and taking lives worldwide. Despite the lessons that previous epidemics have taught us, the deadliest pandemic in more than a century caught us by surprise. The Covid-19 virus is like nothing that humanity has ever faced before.

This new, invisible enemy uses confusion, uncertainty and mass hysteria as weapons. Most people react to it with fear, anger, and despair. In the absence of a vaccine that would shield us from its deadly strike, we can count on something that has always delivered us from evil : common humanity.

If there is something that world history has taught us is that the human race thrives in the face of adversity. Nations and peoples may have their petty squabbles that time eventually settles. But, when a common enemy appears on the horizon, we always rise to the challenge.

Coronavirus is a severe disruption for families, communities, for our seafarers who are on board, health care systems, and institutions worldwide. What seemed like a mere flu virus a couple of months ago, today is questioning our short-time lifestyles and long-term existence.

It is during these difficult times that we must stand together as one more than ever before. These challenging days force us to revert to our humble nature and show more proof of the traits that define it, such as kindness, generosity, compassion, love and social intelligence.

The general recommendation, and in some countries an obligation is to stay indoors and avoid human contact as much as possible. This strategy, also known as social distancing should help stop the virus from spreading so quickly and win scientists a bit of time in the race to come up with a reliable solution to the pandemic.

Still, there is something inherent to human nature that prevents us from shutting ourselves off completely from each other. We still seek to bring our contribution to the fight against the virus through whichever means we can.

People everywhere have taken to the internet to make their helpful presence known. Some offer psychological support, others provide inventive ways of killing time by teaching classes and DIY courses. A few gentle souls are there to offer a conversation partner to those who are stuck alone in isolation.

We benefit from better and more effective means of communication than “the Bard” enjoyed four hundred years ago, so we make the best of the situation. The internet is not only a way for us to come together, but also to share positive messages and stories in this time of utter distress.

With everybody hidden in their homes, the general mood is that we are all engaged in a massive war. However, instead of fiery projectiles and deadly explosions, we are bombarded by dire news consistently. Every day, we turn on the news and the first words that we hear are “Death,” “Infection,” and “Tragedy” in a sad composition that seemingly the whole world chose as a soundtrack for the apocalypse.

It is easy to fall into despair nowadays. Crying and disheartenment are within reach, and no one should take the blame for embracing them in these uncertain times.

Nevertheless, when our tears dry out and our pulse regains its balanced pace, we have to look within us and regain that inherent human ability to overcome the impossible. What we are facing is terrible. It is demanding and discouraging. It may very well be one of the biggest challenges in human history. It is adversity in its ugliest shape and size.

If we have the power to steer our sight from its “ugly and venomous” head, we will see that there are positive outcomes from this fierce battle that we can rejoice upon and use to motivate our triumphant spirit.

Since the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak forced almost a quarter of the human population behind closed doors, our world has gone through an unexpected rejuvenation.

The ozone layer regained the same density that it had more than 30 years ago.

Countries like India, China, Bangladesh, Australia, Canada and USA that were facing severe pollution recorded historically low levels of emissions.

The less industrial activity resulted in clearer water and better air quality.

Less road traffic allowed for natural habitats to regain their flourishing evolution.

These are just a few of the many positive changes that occurred in less than two months of “human vacation.” This data shows that while we are fighting an invisible enemy, we are in this together. And, one of the most important lessons that we can take from it is that only through global communication and accord can we make our world a better and safer place.

Like the inspiring French author Albert Camus once said “In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there's something stronger – something better, pushing right back.”

One of my Mr. Positive friend today shared with me these positive recommendations. I would like to share with you to encourage all of you towards "A World of Positivity"!

RECOMMENDATION from *Psychologists*.

1- Isolate yourself from news about the virus. (Everything we need to know, we already know).

2- Don't look for additional information on the Internet, it would weaken your mental state.

3- Avoid sending fatalistic messages. Some people don't have the same mental strength as you (Instead of helping, you could activate pathologies such as depression).

4- If possible, listen to music at home at a pleasant volume. Look for board games to entertain children, tell stories and future plans.Maintain discipline in the home by washing your hands, putting up a sign or alarm for everyone in the house.

5- Maintain discipline in the home by washing your hands, putting up a sign or alarm for everyone in the house.

6- Your positive mood will help protect your immune system, while negative thoughts have been shown to depress your immune system and make it weak against viruses.

7- Most importantly, firmly believe that this will pass and that the universe is in the hands of God. He is a God of love and not of punishment.

Our seafarers and people who are stuck outside of home country, please ask yourself simple three questions: Can you jump over your head? Can you cancel your president or prime minister orders? Can you change present circumstances? For all these questions all you can only reply in one word " No". Then why you should worry and devastate ourselves. you all on either ships or ashore in safe place, among your friends. You don't know what is waiting for you far from your present place. Then let's my dear friends stop panic and wait until all odds are over! Sometimes God create such critical situations to make us stronger! So, let's accept these challenges and wait for good time! Always there is sunny morning after stormy night! Believe in yourself, unite together, learn from these odds and be positive always! God bless your positivity!

The latest pandemic spreads its cold, wintery death throughout the world, but it will never defeat the invincible summer within us!