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Need to be responsible now more than ever

Bikram Vohra/Dubai
Filed on June 18, 2020 | Last updated on June 18, 2020 at 01.25 pm
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The more careful we are, the harder we try to maintain distance, wear protection, reduce risks and not be silly the sooner we will get out of this storm.

Have you ever woken up some morning and felt the warmth of hope, that after weeks of bleakness and stabs of fear the ship is righting itself and maybe we can see the shore of normality even if we haven't reached it?

The numbers of the infected are down, the recoveries are up and the death toll is low. We have also learnt to be more tolerant of each other, a virtue for which we have a ministry. And kinder and there has been so much introspection about ourselves and the power and glory of our values. There was so much pettiness in our lives and so much time squandered on the trivial.

In four months we have realised how important family is in our scheme of things and how much we take each other for granted when things are good. They say sweet are the uses of adversity. So too are the lessons we learn when the chips are down. Parents spending quality time with their children. Adults breaking bread with the elderly in the home, bondings we often took for granted.

Yes, we have lost a lot. In lives, in jobs, in the global economies but the vast majority have survived and are surviving. Never has it been more important and vital to stay fast at the bridge and hold the virus at bay.

Yes indeed, that sense of responsibility has now magnified and become our life buoy. The more careful we are, the harder we try to maintain distance, wear protection, reduce risks and not be silly the sooner we will get out of this storm.

If we cannot beat the virus we have to collectively outflank it. So think before you venture into something where a few minutes of fun can spike your risk factor.


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