It is impossible to write anything these days without referring to the Covid-19 pandemic, which has already claimed more than half a million fatal victims.
As we plod along in these difficult times, several aspects of the reality of our societies come to the forefront. One of the first is that it is hazardous to take current virus data as scientific evidence. Many governments have presented delayed and distorted information either because of lack of resources, or in a grotesque assessment of the situation as an opportunity to advance a political agenda.
In any case, two salient facts of the overall worldwide management of the pandemic are, firstly – the unreliability of the virus data as a scientific base. Secondly, despite the unreliable data, we know for certain that nursing homes have suffered a disproportionate number of deaths. It seems to be the case that there is a lack of a sensible and respected world system within which governments can act in unity when humanity is in crisis.
The pandemic has altered life as we knew it, and we must deal together with the consequences. The spread of the virus has imposed restrictions on natural human interaction and on the possibility to enjoy emotional exchanges that are vital to our development as human beings. We are also heading towards a dramatic economic upheaval, with millions of jobs destroyed and millions of families left without a basic livelihood.
A compelling vision
The moment calls for leaders who can articulate a compelling vision that steers the world out of this difficult situation. A powerful vision, when it is embraced and supported by a vast majority of the people, works as a common guiding principle that underlines all actions, gives impetus to the development of new behaviours, and restrains damaging egocentric tendencies.