We live in a very “humbling” time. One where we are forced to ask, “What matters most?”
Because many things have quickly collapsed–not least of these our sense of security. A steady job and steady paycheck, quality time with family and friends, even the unifying action of rooting for a common sports team…
2008 reminded the American people, and the world, that our system of trade and commerce is in reality quite fragile. Savings can disappear in a blink.
But since then we seemed to be on a meteoric rise–prosperity all around. It began to seem that the rise in economic growth may be matched only by the rise in greater technology. We were headed to Mars, headed to a future of electric, self-driving cars and flourishing next-gen metropolises.
A virus and 2 weeks was all it took to expose the illusion of our unstoppable and undeterred security. We are painfully, regrettably, reminded of that illusion on a daily basis now. We are fragile humans again, aware of our exposure to the elements and to mortality.
Economic prosperity is not our saving grace, despite what “economists” may say, urging people back to work, “or else”; global mobility is not our saving grace, for we knew airplanes were devastating to planet health, and we now know first-hand how quickly they can spread the undoing of our personal health.
Anything strictly in and of this life cannot be our saving grace, for we know the outcome. Death is the “Great Equalizer” of earth-bound creatures.
Technology continues to amaze, and to improve our lives daily. Jobs are necessary and crucial to thriving–a meaningful career gives us purpose and joy. Neither should be demonized.
But Covid-19 forces us to ask: “What do we have left, when what we valued most disappears?”
Were our lives themselves as fragile as the systems we lived them in?
A fall was coming. Our most engaged experts warned of it for years. Were we ready, materially and financially? What about metaphysically or spiritually?
What is left when it all crashes? And what of us, what eternal aspects or life, are left standing?