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first_imgThe ‘Coronavirus’ pandemic has been the greatest equaliser of recent times. It has not discriminated between any of the barriers that human beings have created. It has made the high and mighty to come down from their imaginary throne and seek shelter like ordinary people. Each and every one who values life has, even if it is grudgingly, put himself under house arrest! I am looking at the street from my window at 7 pm and there are no cars racing, no horns blaring, no quarrelling over space to walk or park. Barring a few cars parked on the sides of the street, no vehicles are in sight. There are no maids, delivery boys, vendors anywhere in sight. All religions and religious leaders have been awakened to the humbling effect of the ‘Coronavirus’. Of the many calamities and disasters that man has experienced in the past century, none have been as global and all encompassing as this one. No nation has been spared, however developed or developing! None of the Superpowers were able to stop the ‘Coronavirus’ virus from entering their country! The virus has spread from country to country by tourists and travellers unknowingly and unintentionally but the ‘Coronavirus’ has become an international pandemic.People are dying in thousands in many countries owing to the virus. Every nation and every government is dealing with this calamity on a war footing. Closer home, the lockdown imposed by the government is an extremely valid step taken for containing the spread of the disease. Here, the ‘Coronavirus’ had exposed the so-called educated amongst us. These people walk on empty streets during a curfew to enjoy the fresh and pollution free air exposing themselves to the ‘Coronavirus’ virus that is also enjoying the fresh air! Since there is nothing better to do with life currently, they think they will gamble their life with the virus! The ‘Coronavirus’ has also exposed the self proclaimed evangelists who are constantly spreading second hand knowledge of things they might not know and have not bothered to verify. And with the social media at their fingertips, all kinds of tips keep flying off their keyboards, verification to be done by the recipient.Here and now, man has made to bow down to Nature, humbled by the quickness and grip with which the ‘Coronavirus’ virus has spread across the globe. This isn’t a disaster where one can expect relief and help to come from somewhere else, since there is nowhere else that has escaped the virus. With man constantly exploiting Nature and its resources, encroaching on the habitats of other organisms for his own space isn’t enough for him, he has himself brought this pandemic on him. There are millions of microorganisms in Nature that man isn’t even aware of and the more he pushes his luck, the more he is going to invite disaster. A teeny tiny microorganism invisible to the naked eye has the mighty man dancing to its tune. Nature is trying to knock sense into man – here is his chance to accept that Nature fuels his self and it’s time to judiciously use the intelligence endowed to him by Her. The ‘Coronavirus’ pandemic is an eye opener to the priorities in life. This is the time to sit calmly at home and enjoy the privilege of being alive.last_img read more