Before I get into the intricate philosophical stuff as I carry out this series of posts, allow me to go through a number of (obvious) lessons that we can draw from the current crisis that is upon (almost) all of mankind.
The Obvious Lessons We Can Draw from the Covid-19 Pandemic
- The world is not ready for a pandemic
- We have been too confident all this time, we have been absolutely full of ourselves all these weeks. No economical super power was ready for a pandemic like this. No one. Sure, we can all bounce back. The mighty economies thrown to the edge of recession will rise again, but at what cost?
- Fear mongering didn’t help – staying idle didn’t help either
- A lot of people sensationalized the whole ordeal. There was mass hysteria at some point in some places. Sure, as we can all see with multiple countries closing their borders and ordering citizens to stay on lockdown – the threat was real… but fear mongering brought us nowhere but absolutely destroyed morale and possibly hope, for some people afflicted by the disease.
- And yes, just standing idly by and ignoring everything that was laid out for you and spoon-fed to you by people in authority didn’t do much good too.
- We missed our window of opportunity of striking a fine balance between being panicky and being productive in working towards a solution.
- Common sense is not that common after all – along with reading comprehension
- Could this be attributed to our short attention span? Is it because all the information of the world is available at our fingertips that we are becoming way too lax about researching and verifying information? Damn. Common sense is not that common after all.
- Hilarious posts are circulating stating that Bananas can cure you from the disease or that eating eggs will help out. No bitch, while fruits are healthy, they do not magically cure Covid-19.
- But of course, that’s not all. There’s so much bullshit on social media right now. People believing every little thing that they read – while not properly understanding important information that they get to read. I’ll be damned.
- Our fellow Filipinos would rather see us suffer than help
- OF COURSE, this is not applicable to all. This goes out to all the fuckers out there that have been hoarding important and basic goods such as alcohol, face masks, sanitizers and more. Just like how you have little common sense (soap is much more effective than alcohol), it’s clear that these people would rather see the world burn in order to make an extra income. Ika nga ng iba, alcohol is the new gold mine sis!
- Spare me of your diskarte talk, there’s nothing madiskarte in profiteering. You’re complaining about China, about Capitalists in our country and all… yet you are one of them: at the worst time possible.
- The backbone of our society is shielding us all
- This goes out to all our dear frontliners. I greatly appreciate your work. If I had the means, I would give you all the money in the world to support you – but I don’t. Seriously though, the backbone of our society, the ones that we mostly neglect due to only needing them when we are sick or only realizing their importance when all our favorite restaurants are closed down (hello FoodPanda Drivers!), these are the people that keep the whole show running. We need them. And we should definitely put more value into them in the future. We shouldn’t be like DOH who offers them 500PHP per day for voluntary work facing the virus. That’s bullshit. Even I earn more being a lazy ass from home. [I’M NOT AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT, PLEASE LANG. It’s just that the DOH has dropped the ball on this one big time]
- Discipline saves lives, and Davao leads by example again.
- Sabi ko diba, I’m not against the government. In fact, I believe that the people should work hand in hand with the government. Sure, Manila is a mess, testing lacking, there’s VIP treatment going on… but at the end of the day, we need them and their guidance. This lockdown is for the benefit of us all. We can argue about who did what mess after the Coronavirus pandemic is over. But for now, let’s work this out together.
- Staying at home all this time is actually not that fun
- Who here liked the idea of just staying at home back then when you’ve got jobs out of your four walls? Who loved the idea to just kick back and relax? How is it going so far? Exhausted of Netflix or video games yet? I’m pretty sure not everyone is enjoying their time at home anymore. Certainly, everyone would be back out there carrying on with their normal lives.
- We liked the thrill or the idea of staying at home back then because it would relieve us from work, or the consequences of taking a day off in school would thrill us. Nah ah!
- Be careful what you wish for kasi.
I think I’ve covered all the bases for now. Kindly stay tuned for more updates on this series in the days to come. Surely, you might have some other lessons on mind as well, that you might have expected to be tackled. Like I said, I’ll leave the more philosophical stuff out for a later post. 🙂