Five Global Changes COVID 19 May Bring about
At a time when humankind, with its mind-boggling achievements in various fields, is walking in line ahead like a juggernaut, trampling all the creatures and destroying the caretaker earth, there appeared a pathogen, hidden and invisible. And, the web doomsday pathogen brought the entire humankind to its knees and pushed it into a awful huddle indoor air quality.
It made us stop bragging about Artificial Learning ability and the Internet of Things for a while and start practicing how to wash our hands properly. It made us reserved our gregariousness and forced us to maintain social distance. It stopped us from manifesting our confidence by way of a firm handshake and made us stay clueless on how to meet the other person. It forced us not to ignore coughs and sneezes as pure natural reflexes and dread them instead.
However, if you conclude that only bad things are happening due to the outbreak of novel coronavirus, you are incorrectly recognized. The unremitting spread of the pandemic has had about an accidental climate benefit through reduced carbon dioxide, which led to cleaner air and water. Not only this, it even made many people shun the consumption of meat and turn vegetarians, at least in the short term. And, most importantly, humankind realized the unpleasant fact that its seeming invincibility is only an illusion and it continues to be at risk of various sudden hazards.
The virus outbreak even created many odd situations. Normally, nations, when they observe the advent of a dangerous foe, go out all guns raging to counteract it. But now, they are driving each of their citizens to hide behind their four walls and wait for the hidden foe to pass. If you sit in front of your TV most of the time, you are branded as a couch potato. But now, they want you to sit in front of your TV for God’s reason to save humankind. And the globe-trotting businessmen and professionals, who are normally looked up in awe, are now being believed and treated with contempt.
As the dangerous pathogen keeps spreading like a wildfire, it’s likely to bring about some significant changes the way we perceive things and lead our lives. Therefore, it is timely to reflect on the likely changes the awful pandemic will force upon the world.
De-globalization: Globalization, which brought prosperity to some chapters of the society, has been under the code reader in the developed world for shifting manufacturing facilities to the under-developed and allowing the Islamists to interfere with Europe in the garb of asylum hunters. It also created a tribe of globe-trotting businessmen and professionals, who consider themselves as global citizens. Now, the same people are carrying the virus all over the world with their irresponsible behavior. Their behavior is mating more contempt among the ordinary people towards globalization, which facilitated the movement of not only men, material and money but also the terrible virus across national border. In many parts of the world, the airlines are closed and the people who fly across national border are asked to self-isolate themselves. The closed airlines, quarantine centers, and isolation wards may well show to be the earth zero of globalization. The growing opposition to globalization may finally end up strengthening the hands of right-wing nationalists, who are likely to build tall walls alongside their is bordered by.
Socialism: It is the capitalism that provided the way for globalization, which led to a gargantuan increase in wealth. All the new-found wealth, however, got concentrated in the hands of a few ultra-rich individuals. Nevertheless, the outbreak of coronavirus is driving governments all over the world to resort to socialistic measures. They are extending advantages to people, especially the vulnerable, in the form of cash transactions to compensate for the job losses. Nevertheless, the upsurge of socialism should not be incorrectly recognized with a resurrection of communism. Because, the communism, with its thrashing history, became so unpopular that people may not be ready submit themselves to their totalitarianism once again. In fact, the whole lack of visibility and conspiratorial secrecy maintained by China’s communist program when controling the virus outbreak is in charge of this current crisis.
Strong Governments: For a long time, economists and social thinkers emphasized on minimum government, constraining its activities to only some fields such as defense and policing. The virus outbreak, which requires a herculean effort to contain, once again brought the value of government machinery to the fore. A strong government with its institutions and men in uniform can deal with a crisis of this magnitude. Now, the people, communities, and organizations are trying to find government support to cruise trip through the crisis. Even the big corporates, who advocate laissez-faire during normal times, are demanding bailouts and stimulus packages to kickstart the halting economy.
Changing Characteristics of Crisis Management: Normally, after every crisis : whether it is a fear attack or an economic crisis : hawaii heads reassure their citizens not to panic and urge them to show resilience by getting on with their usual lives. But now, we are paying attention to an entirely different phenomenon where the state heads across the world are relying on to scaremongering to force visitors to stay on the floor coverings. The reaction of the people to coronavirus threat has so far been undisciplined. If people don’t mend their way, governments may even resort to the use of high-handed methods to bring the situation under control.
Mercy Towards Animals: After the outbreak of coronavirus, the pet the law organization, People for Meaning Treatment of Animals (PETA), made a twitter update showing how the term ‘coronavirus’ turned into an anagram for ‘carnivorous’, showcasing the fact that the pathogen has its start in meat markets. The unremitting proliferation of non-vegetarianism, in addition to causing extremely painful pain and suffering to animals, also turned the slaughterhouses and meat markets into the sources of various pathogens. Most of the worms that affected humankind till will have animal start, and therefore people must reform their food habits if they want to contain virus outbreaks in the future.