Written on: 17 April 2020
A mistake is to see the current Covid-19 pandemic as out of the ordinary.
It is not. It is nature.
Like nature, it will arise with the ‘right’ cause and condition.
We may not truly know the exact science, but we can be sure that Man’s ignorance (avijjā) and greed (taṇhā) must underlie a critical part of the cause and condition for Covid-19’s arising.
But it is our fear and selfishness that will nourish and sustain Covid-19.
When we refuse to comply with social distancing, to mask up and to stay at home because we resent that they are inconvenient and disruptive to our lives,
Covid-19 will thrive and proliferate. More people will be infected.
Mortality will go up. Lockdown of our society will continue.
Our economy will suffer. More jobs will be lost.
If we would only calm down, and wait it out.
Take the big picture perspective.
Accept that our generation is now in the front seat of yet another global pandemic, which is not much different from what Man, through the ages had gone through.
In fact, this time round we are much better armoured than our forefathers.
We have better knowledge of viruses and medicine.
We know how to contain the outbreak and have the means to enforce them.
What then should we do? We just have to hunker down and stay put.
Listen carefully to the advice given by the medical staff and comply with the measures.
Accept in good faith. Be socially responsible.
Be generous (cāga) and set aside our own desires for the well-being of others.
Have empathy and consideration. Let go of hankering over ‘what ifs’ and ‘why like that’.
Don’t whine, complain, or finger point. Instead stay positive and wholesome.
In time, Covid-19 will be starved of the conditions for its arising and CEASE.
As with many challenges and crisis before, this too shall pass.
With right understanding (paññā), appropriate restraints and endeavour (sīla), and a peaceful and accepting mind (samādhi), just like how it was in the past, we, too will ride out Covid-19.