When Worlds Collide

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Editorial and Opinion  |  House: Booksie Classic

I used to be of a world of order, harmony and tranquility -- a world devoid of the perils and possibilities of famines and droughts that can devastate and ravage the landscape and the human soul, or of plagues or pandemics that can consume and shatter the serenity and the calm of ordinary lives in ordinary places.

WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE

By Al Garcia

I used to be of a world of order, harmony and tranquility -- a world devoid of the perils and possibilities of famines and droughts that can devastate and ravage the landscape and the human soul, or of plagues or pandemics that can consume and shatter the serenity and the calm of ordinary lives in ordinary places.  I was of a world where I only read or watched the unfolding chaos of nature’s depravities and even man-made debaucheries that afflicted the less fortunate and less stable nations across the globe.  And I used to sit back and wonder what they had done wrong or what they had purposefully allowed to happen.  And I felt superior, nobler and even exceptional in every way – simply because I was an American, living in the magical land of Oz.

That world of order, harmony and tranquility has been shattered, when confronted with the reality of a pandemic that ignored all borders, has no ethnic or cultural biases or prejudices, embraces the weak and the vulnerable, and tramples the lives and livelihoods of all that stand in its path.  And it continues to scare me.  Because, unlike other world tragedies that afflict the politically unstable, the undernourished, the underprivileged or impoverished, this time, simply being an American is not an antidote to the assault of the Coronavirus that has spread around the world.  And this time, I am made to stop and take notice of the world and the people around me in a different way, and with a more understanding attitude and appreciation of their dilemma and the struggles and strains they have endured in lives no different than my own.

For the first time, I feel the fear that many around the world must feel daily in their lives.  I sense the helplessness that many must suffer in loneliness and despair as they watch and wait without help, without hope and without compassion, of their daily plight.  I can see the forming shadows that overtake the rays of sun that find their way through the darkening skies, and I can feel a coldness in the wind that blows across the empty landscape of the world that used to be.  How strange to see the insurgence of a new and unknown world, so far part from the world that I used to know.  How quickly my life has changed from a world of order, harmony and tranquility, to a world of fear, confusion and uncertainty.  And it scares me.  Because now, I feel connected to the world around me in a different and more profound way never felt before.

To think that a simple virus that infects, sickens and even kills, can also touch our human souls and make us want to touch each other in ways we never thought possible before.  Humanity has come together.  The insignificance of ideologies, nationalities, boundaries and even secular and spiritual bonds have been magnified and amplified across the globe.  We are connected, one to the other -- something we had forgot along the way. 

Our lives have always been defined by the tale of two worlds – theirs and ours.  The reality has always been that we shared but one world.  Now, we are learning what happens when worlds collide.  The choices are clear.  Return to the normalcy that divided and alienated us, or embrace the moment, without squandering the circumstance, with a return to the pettiness, trivialities or vindictiveness of the past.  This is our time to learn and to grow as a global community in one shared world without borders that bind us and blind us. 


Submitted: May 23, 2021

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