Planet EARTH takes a deep dive into the COVID-19 pandemic,strange are the times that we all are being advised to follow social distancing. The magnitude and damage caused by virus is high and lethal but the need of the hour is to stay away from each other.Exceptional support method advised by experts, as otherwise during any crisis the call would always be to get united and stand for each other. Contrary to that, today the biggest support you can provide to your community is by staying away and breaking the chain reaction of the furious wrath by virus.
It’s as if the world, which has been running helter skelter otherwise is brought to a pause or if I may call it, world is put into slow motion.During these days of solitude ,as we all get some time to take a deep glance into our beings, we find that a lot of things we would do on daily basis were really not important enough but simply kept adding stress to our lives and withered the compassion away.
Today as we move away from the crowds we give us chance to be with ourselves for good. A human interface is refrained and dreaded to the extent as never before – my regular day would pass away managing work from home and household chores , with intermittent thoughts making me wonder if humanity were ever put to such test in history. Are we living some sort of exceptional times ??? Is it normal for Mother Nature to put such checks in place time and again???Such thoughts keep running as backdrop music in my subconscious mind all these days.
When was the last I noticed this touch-me-not syndrome? Question takes me to my school time social science lessons of studying social stigmas – Untouchablility. Whoa! Well that existed and continues to exist still unfortunately in some parts of our country.Basically social distancing can be seen as a fancy cover up given to the act of untouchablility ,of course the motives are different but the act is strikingly similar.
Man made selfish norms by ostracizing certain section of society as untouchables, so that they can clean mess created by the rest and have a daily bout with the dangerous microbes.How inhuman it was to enforce manual scavenging upon a whole section of society generation after generation.
That was not it, we continued to socially divide us in the name of religion, color, caste, gender, nationality,rich-poor and the so called civilisations laid on the foundation of co-existence turned into ruthless cut throat competitive societies.
Covid-19 is not differentiating between rich and poor but the only demarcations are – positives, suspects and negatives.Once again social stigmas are cropping up their ugly faces and the demarcations are leading many to fall for rumours and scare mongerings.
But today as each one of us becomes suddenly toxic physical threat for others it’s interesting to understand the pain of the untouchables who have been missing freedom to move around and live a hygienically safe life.
Human race has been on a reckless spree to prove dominance over the planet. Behaving like an invincible species which is entitled to be served by the rest everything around them. We killed and endangered rest entire animal kingdom, deforested at an unprecedented pace, dug mine holes to extract rare earths, contaminated water bodies, polluted even air.In the name of development we distanced ourselves from everything around us and made contact with them either to damage them or serve our selfish ulterior motives. We almost convinced ourselves that we rule the roost and suddenly baffled Mother Nature puts a pause and pushes all of us into self distancing from everything and everyone.
It would be interesting to see how human race pass through this storm.Furthermore,how we rehabilitate ourselves from the touch-me-not syndrome once the virus bids us bye.
This thought gives me feeling that this virus is here to give us humans the taste of our own medicine…..UNTOUCHABILITY…. er… Social Distancing!