“Cursed is the ground for your sake” (Genesis, 3:17 – NKJV)
Nowadays, coronavirus is another proof – between a thousand other proofs – of modern man’s inability to cope with himself and his environment. The truth is that we cannot dwell at ease in a world that, most of the time, seems not unlike a pit of snakes. While there are many pieces to COVID-19 puzzle, and I certainly cannot address them all, I would like to share with you some ideas about the current pandemic, and relate it to some more philosophical argument.
Early in December of 2019 the outbreak of the virus began. But only on March 11 of 2020 the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic, after the disease led to thousands of cases. Back then, according to the WHO the risk to the people who were not living in China was very low. Nothing could be further from the truth. Apparently, organizations have their own ways, and it seems necessary thousands of deaths to get a dinosaur-like bureaucracy structure on the right track. This is a large family of viruses that are collectively known as the coronavirus. How come that the so-called experts couldn’t have seen this coming? This fault claimed the life of so many! Indeed, they’re experts in excusing themselves, their organizations, their industry or their political agenda for their failure to foresee the problem.
Now, let’s remember that animal, insect to human disease transmissions are not all that uncommon. A pneumonia of unknown causes was detected in people around an animal market. Have you ever heard of that? That’s not completely alien to us. If you are a great scientist your mind automatically makes predictions about the future of your field, even when you aren’t aware of it. Of course, beyond that, what you learn in one area can often be applied to others. Not long ago, researchers in the field of artificial intelligence were optimistic that machines with high capabilities would exist in a few decades. What I want to know is this: where are those damn machines now? Where’s a good HAL 9000 to help those guys to foresee the catastrophe and to calculate the viral genetic variation before the thing could turn to something else?
The gradual replacement of men and women by machines to execute the functions of life is a characteristic of our time. But there is one area where no machine, no matter how complex, can act for its maker. This is the area of empathetic comprehension. Now and forever, only human being will favor compassion.
I think anyone will agree with me that it is not easy to make sense of life because of chaos and arbitrariness we live in. We become increasingly dissatisfied with the narrowness of mind of politicians and bureaucrats around us. In spite of everything, we must draw our attention to the storehouse of human resources within ourselves. The search for meaning raises questions, for example: where do I fit into the whole of life? Shadow effect or not, we must fight this thing with all our strength. The weight of History is over our heads again. Sure enough, there are lots of lessons that we must learn in the midst of the storm. Let’s not waste our time with vulgar vanities and selfishness.