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Coronachan by Jacquelyn Akridge

It’s difficult not to think about all of the death, the debt and the politics around Covid-19 because
it’s all we see when we turn on the tv or login to social media. The idea that a virus can bring the
entire human race to its knees and our economy to a halt is a startling thing to think about. How
is anyone supposed to comprehend this? How can we think about anything when we are
constantly being bombarded with fear mongering and being told that it’s essentially the end
times?

Well, let’s consider some things.

This virus has forced everyone to view the society we have created for ourselves in an entirely
new perspective and every reasonable person is wondering what truly matters to us on an almost
primitive level. It’s been made obvious the things that are of value is the health of ourselves and
our loved ones, access to quality food and shelter, and most importantly, a sense of community.
Social distancing and quarantine are also opening us up the reality of how much time we all
waste on things that don’t really matter. Many are once again dabbling in hobbies long forgotten,
spending more time in nature, taking the extra time to finish creative projects or starting
something new altogether. It doesn’t matter what the thing is exactly, what everything has in
common is that it is fulfilling. Everyone is suddenly awakening to the things that make this
human experience worth living through, so why have most of us been chained to obligations we
don’t really care about?

Well, we didn’t create a society for ourselves that is conducive to the idea that everyone should
have ample opportunities to enjoy simple luxuries that life has to offer. Honestly, our system
wasn’t built with people in mind to begin with.

While Covid-19 is exposing the instability of a system we created, let’s stop viewing this as the
end times and start looking at it as an opportunity.

Things can change, we have the option of a bright and prosperous future, but we all must realize
that in order to change things now, we have to do it now. So, I encourage everyone to tune out of
the fear mongering on the tv and think about a few things (I know very well the majority of you
actually have the time). Meditate on the things that would make experiencing a crisis like this
easier for everyone as a collective. Maybe the idea of universal healthcare, affordable housing or
free college tuition wouldn’t affect you in the slightest, but it would be a tremendous help for
others in a time where unemployment rates have been reaching new highs. Now think about the
things you want to prioritize in your life. What brings you joy? How do you wish to spend your
time? What needs to be restructured in your life and/or your environment in order to bring you
fulfillment?

This is the perfect opportunity to think about what we can change as a society because if we
create a system for the purpose of making life better for us as a collective, it will be better for us
each individually.

Stay happy, stay healthy, and stay hopeful.

image: © Adrian Moreno 2019

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