Hope: The sole panacea in our battle against COVID-19

Have you ever chanced  to witness the movement of water as it flows past through a stream, a canal or a river ? With its pale clear fluidity , does not it usher in a revitalising vibe, unleashing a purity of an inexplicable standard? But there is something else , something enlightening in its movements as it dances its way before you:Crests followed by a gradual immediacy of troughs.

This alternating motion of water waves and life in its transitory juncture , replicate a similar pattern.With its highs preceded by lows, life imparts the exigent reality of its oscillating motion. It thereby predicates that there will be good times and then there will be ugly times, and the only way to move forward is to make peace with the gravity of the ugly ones, while concurrently hoping for the bygone good days.

Life’s inherent praxis of hope holds immeasurable consonance in addressing the melancholia affecting the world community today. While embroiled in a hardcore battle of resistance against the harrowing Covid- 19 crisis, hope is our panacea, hope is our future.Hope, a mere four letter word isimpregnated with the substance of future generations.The question at this critical juncture arises:how to breed hope, when all else seems to fail? The immediate answer lies in the surfacing of the empathetically compassionate nature of man himself, that this crises has unraveled.

Hard hit by the pandemic, Germany found itself under a strict lockdown.This also meant that people were discouraged from travelling to the high risk areas. However , in such a scenario ,a group of Turk Muslims in Germany , by risking their own lives, volunteered to deliver door to door aid to fellow Germans.One of the doors that they knocked to provide aid, was opened by an elderly German woman.This lady could not believe that these helpers were Muslims and Turks. Having bred a negative perception of the Muslims since decades , this gesture of these Turks in the midst of a humanitarian crisis , helped her in discarding her long held view.This is what this virus is enabling- helping communities bridge through the affirmative bond of brotherhood and humanity.

In Naples, Italy , something similar in vein happened.A bustling town of 2 million, Naples degenerated into a ghostly physical scape as its markets, food houses closed off amidst the deaths being reported from the area.In this harrowing scenario, a young couple,  Pina Andelora and her partner Angelo Picone planned to feed the homeless by arranging for “solidarity baskets” for the destitute.They would prepare food at home , pack it in baskets , lower down these from their balcony.Inspired by the Italian philanthropist Moscati, who played a pivotal role in helping the poor for free, this couple places  cards in their food baskets quoting Moscati’sphilanthropic philosophy: “Those who can , put something in, those who can’t help yourself”. In doing so the empathetic and generous aspect of human nature is something , that they beautifully unravel. Analogously, a café in Glasgow is delivering soup to the health compromised individuals.While a shop in Stenhousemuir is playing part in providing hand sanitizers to local pensioners.

As countries, try to curb the spread of corona virus by imposing strict lockdowns, the concurrent attempts at vaccine productions to counter this menace are in trials.While researchers make efforts to succeed, in the meantime lets celebrate such positivities we experience on a day to day basis.

With tales of love and kindness being witnessed across the globe, how can we possibly deny the inevitability of a beautiful tomorrow, the truth that the future would be different than what we experience it as of today? It is all that we have got, and trust me, it is all that we really need.

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