It Takes a Virus to Bring Sanity Back
Beatrice E. Rangel
The corona virus pandemic while dreadful and daunting is beginning to unleash incentives for positive behavior that could be key to the full entry of the human species into the 21st century. To be sure, the development curve of the health crisis in China showed the world that totalitarianism has lost drive and that ignoring the people’s plead can bring down governments no matter how strong they seem to be.
Would Mr Xi Jinping fail to overrule his bureaucracy and order the immediate crack down on the virus he would most probably have lost his seat at the poli bureau and with it his power. In the aftermath his government has decided to confer greater autonomy in the areas of education and health care to local authorities. A triumph for freedom obtained at the cost of many lives.
In the US our President finally realized that the virus was real and that its containment called for his leadership talents. In other words , the situation calls for the abandonment of the reality show and the entry into statesmanship . We could perhaps now benefit from a presidential behavior that better understands that collaboration is more bountiful than confrontation.
In congress we finally got a bipartisan movement led by both Ms Pelosi and Mr McCarthy who suddenly realized that a collapse in hospitals induced by a horde of patients could lead to many deaths including those of their relatives, as viruses care little about political status. And for the first time in many years we have seen the US Congress working for the people. It would perhaps be the best outcome for this country that the emergency accompanies the electoral season so as to tame the buildup in rancor and compete on the basis of programs and ideas to enhance governance.
In Latin America small nations like Uruguay, Chile and Costa Rica are showing the path to their elder sisters. The quick decision to launch containment protocols will most probably save many lives while strengthening their already well designed health care institutions. Mexico petrified by the AMLO spell is about to discover the cost of populism. Brazil was shaken by the news that several aides to their president tested positive thereby indicating that the virus has nested in their higher commands.
All over the world people are realizing that there is only one neighborhood for our specie and that while we do not conquer other planets, the only way to survive is through collaboration. And as we all hunker down to contribute to the flattening of the development curve we are rediscovering the beauty of neighborhoods; surrounding landscapes and life in family. And… finally having time to thoroughly read literature.
Published by laht.com Monday, March 16, 2020
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