It’s late and after a long day of work I’m facing a giant pile of still more and overdue work, but I wanted to share this quotation.
It’s one that keeps haunting me. I use it to end a lot of presentations, and it seems to move audiences as well.
I don’t think I’ve blogged it, so let me do so now.
But here I want to cite its conclusion. Roy surveys the many ways people envisioned COVID-19:
What is this thing that has happened to us? It’s a virus, yes. In and of itself it holds no moral brief.buy tadora online buy tadora no prescription generic
But it is definitely more than a virus. Some believe it’s God’s way of bringing us to our senses. Others that it’s a Chinese conspiracy to take over the world. Whatever it is, coronavirus has made the mighty kneel and brought the world to a halt like nothing else could. Our minds are still racing back and forth, longing for a return to “normality”, trying to stitch our future to our past and refusing to acknowledge the rupture. But the rupture exists. And in the midst of this terrible despair, it offers us a chance to rethink the doomsday machine we have built for ourselves. Nothing could be worse than a return to normality.
Roy then offers a metaphor, and turns it to a visionary purpose:
Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next.buy sildalis online buy sildalis no prescription generic
We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and hatred, our avarice, our data banks and dead ideas, our dead rivers and smoky skies behind us. Or we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world. And ready to fight for it.
A portal through which we can imagine another world. Who else responded to COVID like that? And since the article appeared, way back in early April 2020, did humanity fulfill Roy’s charge?
What new world did we fight for?
Think on it. Good night, everyone.
(photo by Augustus Binu, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=29707968)