Love after Covid-19

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic


 

It is the year 2020, and the entire world, the entire planet Earth, is fighting a virus.  A deadly virus. A virus that is keeping our schools closed, playgrounds taped off with yellow caution tape, malls and restaurants closed, as well as most businesses. The economy is collapsing. People are ordered to wear masks to go to the grocery store and to stay six feet apart.  It is the plot of a horror story.  A horror story without an ending.  No one knows when life will return to normal, or if it will ever go back to the way it once was.

Most of the entire world is ordered to stay home if you are not an essential employee.  To the world’s surprise, the essential employees are not the baseball players, or the movie stars; they are the grocery store workers, the healthcare workers, the construction workers and the delivery drivers.  Kids are attending school through the computer and their parents are now their main teacher.  The world is forced to see life through a different lens.  A lens where everyone is at the bottom of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.  Now is not the time to look down on one another for career choices , but it is a time be grateful that the people on the bottom of the pay scale are still willing to go to work.  They are willing to go to work, so we can get our most primitive need met: food.  It is a time when we are all reminded that we are essentially the same.  It is a time to look at each other again as equal and remember that God put us all here and we must help one another survive.  It is a time to acknowledge the interdependence of the human race.

The bible says whoever lives in love, lives in God and God in them.  It is love that brings the doctors and nurses to work, knowing that they will most likely contract the virus.  It is love that keeps the teachers teaching on zoom to their students each day. It is love that keeps the food store open by their dedicated employees.  In the year 2020, planet Earth learned how to love again. Maybe our main job on this planet is simply to love and somehow, we lost that.  Did a deadly virus have to come and threaten to destroy the world for us to gain our heart back? Hopefully, the world will never return to same kind of normal again. 

 

 


Submitted: April 30, 2020

© Copyright 2021 Trisha R Nuzzi. All rights reserved.

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Queenie Maud

Hi Trisha, nice piece. I appreciate the honesty in it, and what you say is true and things more people need to realize. I would only offer one little food for thought: many of the essential employees (like those who work in grocery stores, etc.) don't necessarily do it because they're dedicated but because they need money to put food on the table/pay rent/etc. We should of course still honor them and thank them for their work in the midst of danger and the spread of infection. I think you are right: we must reevaluate how we view "essential" work or "worthy" work. Thank you for sharing!

Thu, April 30th, 2020 5:25pm

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