I, for one, am grateful for having lived through 2020. Yes, it has been challenging, and for some a tragic year. However, if we take time to assess 2020 calmly, we will see that it was a year that promised humanity a new dawn:
Lessons that I have gleaned from 2020
I subscribe to the view that reality is something we actively construct and try to sustain. We, it can be argued try to maintain, and treat reality as a living organism. As agents in building our lived reality, we invest in it, and we seek to sustain and keep it alive. Our values and beliefs are the properties that create and maintain reality. However, we allow ourselves to believe that the world that we have constructed possess an objective truth. Aligned with this is the idea that there is no alternative to this reality.
Reality as an organism.
In this organism, some deem themselves to have higher levels of control and privilege. This higher order: the elite, convince the self-defined lower level of the organism that the ‘whole’s’ survival is dependent on preserving the order of things.
The year 2020
The life we are living today we could not have imagined we would be today living. One can argue that the nations with the highest numbers of Covid cases tried to preserve the status quo. Countries have, to some degree, adapted to the new challenges posed by Covid.
What are the positives that have emerged from this pandemic?
- During the pandemic, the level of atmospheric pollution fell. Revisit , the stories of people musing that it was the first time they heard birds’ songs in their gardens.
- Nature rebounded: it is the arrogance of man to believe that the planet will not outlive us.
- The pandemic should have opened our eyes to the illusion of a predestined and preordained reality defined by and sustained to benefit a cultural elite.
- 2020 should have shown us that if there is a will we can change.
Other positives that have emerged out of tragedy:
The Black-Lives-Matter movement: it is within our grasp to instil lasting change: to overturn and change the status quo
I would argue that the last thing humanity, more specifically, the planet needs is for us to return to the Pre-Covid’ Normal’. It was this that enabled the virus to infect humans and reach epidemic proportions. The destruction of the environment resulting from mindless mass consumption facilitated the pandemic.
2020 should have taught us that we can do without many things that we believed we needed to be happy.
Many risked their lives in trying to maintain the status quo. They, it appears believed that the human mind through sheer will power can surmount nature. They chose to continue their way of life. One can speculate that these doubters hoped that by continuing to live as they did before, they would prove that the virus was not a treat. Conversely, this mindset they hoped would allow them to revert back to the reality (the normal) that existed before the emergence of the virus. Some argued that we should seek to balance saving human lives against economic needs.
The Fallacy of Exceptionalism
2020 has provided us with tentative glimpses of the fallacy and hubris of nationalism: nations, and people believing that they are superior to others. The ideology mentioned above is rooted in fascism and racism. Hence, the indoctrination of the so-called ‘white’ lower classes that no matter how materially challenging their existence, they are still superior to the Blacks and other discriminated against ethnic and minority groups. Again, this is expressed in extreme right-wing governments’ proclamation that the so-called lower working-class’s plight supersedes those based on skin colour and gender. The adoption of this policy is based on the old and tested practice of divide and conquer.
Again, the idea that some nations are exceptional and that this imbues them with a special status, fostered the belief that through sheer bluster they could defy the new reality.
For those stating that we should confine 2020 to the dustbin of history, I will ask you to take a long hard look at what happened during this momentous year. To say that it is a year that we should forget is to ignore the valuable lessons alluded by 2020.
The year 2020 does not have a consciousness; our perceptions and experiences define 2020.
If the self-proclaimed elite had acted sooner, they could have saved many lives.
I will argue that vaccines are not our saviour; instead, it is the virus that is our saviour. Sadly, many are wrapping up the vaccine in the cloak and hubris of nationalism; For example, the popular press, particularly in the United Kingdom, British ingenuity will save the world in creating a vaccine.
Yes, 2020 has been challenging with some very tragic events; people have lost their lives. However, it is also a year of hope, hope for the planet and humanity.