One Pandemic, Seven Lessons

I’ve got a little time on my hands as I’m self-quarantining for at least the next couple weeks. Personally, I need to see the bigger picture as we face this unique set of circumstances so, I thought, what better use of my time than to consider the potential lessons we can glean from the COVID-19 pandemic? After all, if we don’t learn from a dirty rotten low down situation, we’re doomed not only to repeat it but fail to leverage new information that can enlighten and inform our future. 

I see this as an opportunity for Americans to do some much-needed personal growth. Otherwise, this whole ordeal serves no purpose than to cement already wide divides among people. I firmly believe that this is a critical, pivotal time that can change us profoundly as Americans (and citizens of planet Earth) for the better. Let’s recognize that despite a contentious political climate, this is not a political issue. It’s real. It’s serious. And we have a humane responsibility to face it head on with our eyes wide open.

I’ve identified seven lessons that this outbreak and our response to it have brought to light. Rather than cram them all into one post, I’m going to take my time and really expound on each lesson in its own blog post. Here’s a list of potential lessons we can learn from COVAD-19:

  1. We are incredibly spoiled, we Americans
  2. Dramatic social events bring out both the best – and the worst of people
  3. We are more connected as a nation – and a planet – than we imagine
  4. Look what we can accomplish when we act as one!
  5. This will shed new, previously unconsidered, light on the importance of high quality healthcare access for all
  6. There is the potential for much good to come of this crisis
  7. There is value in doing nothing and discovering quiet spaces in your life

Photo by Joe Pregadio on Unsplash

I can’t fathom that people are choosing to deny the significance of COVAD-19. I try really hard to see their point of view, but I just can’t. It defies logic. It defies actual information. It doesn’t wash (and they probably aren’t washing their hands enough).

The evidence is overwhelming that: 

  • this pandemic is sweeping the globe
  • it puts a significant population of people at risk 
  • every single person is a potential spreader/carrier
  • America did not respond quickly and decisively enough

To deny that this crisis, this threat to the health of millions is “nothing to worry about” is selfish and yes, willfully ignorant. To the deniers, it represents another inconvenient truth they don’t want to believe. The way I see it is, even nature herself is calling upon us to stop acting as if we aren’t all her children and join together to combat a mutual foe. There is a lot of fertile ground for growing bigger-hearted, better humans in this place and time. Please, let’s not squander this opportunity to evolve as a species! We may never get another chance.

Over the next few days, I’ll be writing my take on those seven lessons I think we can learn from COVAD-19, so please be on the lookout for them. I’ll post links on Facebook and Twitter when they’re published or you can click the box at the bottom of this post to be notified of new posts by email. I hope you’ll read along and that some of what I have to say will inspire you in this challenging time to be a human.

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