As we (very) slowly ease out the highly infection phase of the Covid pandemic, I decided to take a moment to reflect on this mess. The “writing was on the wall” when it came this event, we had warning shots over the bow (SARs being quite recent), yet still, the handling of this situation was purely abysmal by most countries in the world (which included my country, Canada). We could dig into the why, but let’s just boil it down to the basics: no one wanted to spend the money to prepare. One often justifies inaction via the risk – weighing against the probability. With the world economy practically stalled, and hundreds or possibly millions of (small) business on the brink, it would be an interesting question to pose the bodies in power – Do ya think you made the right call now?
Ok, hindsight is great, and saying “I told you so” leaves little satisfaction, and for the most part, it's pointless.
So how do we stop this from happening again? I'm sure we are going to hear from many experts on this - and I do expect parties in power to implement changes. We can all hold them accountable for that. That motto "learn by your mistakes" come to mind.
BUT, let’s take a good look at other things where the wall has been plastered with warning signs – and MAYBE we should be pressing the our political representatives to take action.
I decided to make a first (simplified) look at this, applying some basic logic. Please note I do not wish to come out of this with a negative slant of things. I'll be the first to admit I'm not always right, some of these things may not occur, and we may be able to stop some of this before it reaches a critical point.
So in MY OPINION let’s examine some of what I think is obvious “writing on the wall”:
Power (and the Production of)
Our Planet, our Home
Please allow me to leave you with a perspective if you will. Many people spend their lives trying to answer the question: Why am I here? Or What’s my purpose in life?
Maybe we can all start with just a few small things:
1) Let’s be responsible stewards of our home, and of our planet. Do what we can, where we can.
2) Let’s reach out and help others in need.
3) Let’s get involved. When we encounter things that are just plain wrong - let's not ignore it.
The above is an incomplete set of concerns, and there are other areas and specific items that should also be included, but I'll leave that for another date...
Patrick MJ Lozon