“The real tragedy would be if we come through this pandemic without changing for the better”

Shall we continue with arrogance, or choose to humility?

Ali Kurtulmus

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An unprecedented epidemic is bringing the world in order. We have to think wisely and carefully. We have borrowed a lot from the bank of the future, and now nature is collecting it from us. And all we need is an awareness call. What we had wrong and what can we do better now?

As we tried to dominate wild nature, wild species got closer to us, and animal microbes spread to humans. Now nature responds to our arrogance. Nature, which has been irreversibly destroyed by human hands, finally it’s begin to speak.

An invisible ‘enemy’ is forcing people to think about what they do. Are we going to come out of this epidemic by losing our humanity, or will we be able to hear the call of conscience that resonates within us?

A person facing this challenge does not stay the same, it changes. It is very important how this epidemic affects us. Are we going to say ’me first‘ or ’we first’? Are we going to speak in the language of compassion or wrap ourselves in the cover of selfishness?

I think that after the epidemic, the society will come to its senses and finally remember what it has lost. What can I offer people? What can I do for people who are more needy than I am? How can I be a better and more useful person? Now those are going to be the quarterback questions.

People who forced into quarantine will be avare of the importance to being face-to-face, looking each other’s eyes. Who are we and what do we value? How can we bring to life our better self, which is waiting within us? We have faced our own mortality in this ’age of disasters’. So we must choose to live in peace without bickering with each other.

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Why do we advise slowing down? Because slowness is a cure for the problems that speed represents. Humility against arrogance, modesty against covetousness, compassion against cruelty, slowness against speed. A culture of speed that creates a number of problems, such as…

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Ali Kurtulmus

A realist writer. I’m writing for a better life. MSc in Data Analytics and Management. Store Merchandiser at LC Waikiki.