In the last three months, the world has been rocked by tragedy after tragedy, from an earthquake in Puerto Rico, wildfires in Australia to massive flooding in Indonesia, even the sports world was mourning after the sudden death of Kobe Bryant, the golden child of the basketball world.
Just as it seems that the whole world needs a breather, the most global tragedy hits, countries slowly see itself consumed by the rapidly growing COVID-19 virus, infecting all 5 continents and at the time of writing, 472 thousand people worldwide are infected with no end in sight.
Thus, in response, governments close borders, instructing schools and offices to close, urging self-quarantine, social-distancing and minimize outside contact as much as possible, putting the whole world to a halt.
So here we are, working or studying from home, slowly drifting away from the remnants of social life that we all once had. Between our frequent hand-washing sessions, and the extra time that this whole debacle ensues, longing for social interactions is completely human.
The state of isolation that we all experience pushed us out of our comfort zone, the daily routine that we think so lightly or even with slight annoyance, turned into romantic symbolism of life before all of this happened.
Social interactions change, relationships adjust, keeping us away from our usual social bubble that usually works in a human echo-chamber, conversing in topics that are relatable where arguments are rare, and views are generally the same.
News has also been grinding to a halt recently, other than the virus itself and the response of the government, it seems that for now, society is not interested in news that has always been keeping us a very polarized society.
The virus has stripped down the very identity that we identify ourselves with, a Republican can be infected as much as any Democrat, it doesn't matter which belief you held or which ideologies you fight for, the virus sees no difference. Instead of resorting back to societal tribalism that we have held, a case for humanity and unity is needed.
In locked-down Italy, people are singing in their balconies, to keep the spirits high, New Yorkers, who are notoriously an individualized community are checking in on their neighbors. During this dire time, it is amazing how some parts of the society somehow put aside the polarizing rhetoric and focus on what's going on around them.
A sense of humanity and unity seems to be growing in a time where our society is in dire condition, where isolation is inevitable and altruistic acts are needed desperately. It is crucial that we as a part of a globalized society, need to find relatable values and conjure up the spirit to work collectively, against a virus that sees no nationalities, race nor religion.
We must view and find the values that make us humans; being compassionate, this state of isolation is exactly that, a movement that we all need to partake, mainly to protect other high-risk individuals from a life-threatening disease.
In this crisis also, unity is all that we have, being vigilant but caring for others, room for intolerance could not be given, societal discords can only result in worsening conditions. Therefore, in these times, it is a call for humanity, we are required to look into our magnanimous side and not make this disease as a symbol of god-given punishment.
Although it must be acknowledged, that this state can also bring up the worst in societies if we resort back to our tribalistic tendencies, which will only bring out intolerance and bigotry. The perceived racial origins of this virus are amplified, resulting in double-standards and ensuing a distrustful society that is scared and scarred from this disaster.
Physical social interactions that we have long is a thing of the past, and routines that we have been living all these years are non-existent. A society of isolationists, paranoid of what the future holds.
Thus, right now serves as a defining moment in how our society determines itself for the future, and whichever actions that we partake right now contributes to how our society can come out of this. In these trying times, it is vital for us to look and find values that make us humans. In this state of isolation, we instead need to be as human as possible.