The truth is that the novel Coronavirus has been a source and a cause. Causing many individuals at the micro and macro levels to think, re-think about approaches. One lens that we can engage in as we begin to re-emerge from the virus outbreaks is the philosophical lens. What matters to us? What have we learned if anything through the virus outbreaks? The topic of what matters to us, and what is important has been a focus throughout my writings of The Coronavirus Chapter. Especially as purpose and goals were replaced with the primary goal of survival.
I began to think deeper about the idea of relationships, loving companionships, soul mates, friends and family. I think it was quite natural to do so, because part of our human survival instinct is the fulfilment of the physiological needs. The fulfilment of sexual drives, loving companionships, our relationships, the attachments we form, are the very reasons that we desire to survive. Now this does not mean if one is alone, there is no desire to survive, because of course there is. One seeks this fulfilment in various forms. It could be the unconditional love found through guardians, love that extends beyond biology, or the very bonds of family. Sometimes the best community service we can offer to others is to love and care for the self, and those immediately around us.
Sometimes life takes a turn in a direction that we were completely unaware of or unplanned. But this is can also be the beauty of life. For many it might not have taken a virus to serve as lesson / teaching for humans, but for some it might have. But when all is said and done, whichever angle or view we take; we are reminded of the fragility and strength of human nature. Through the fight for life, struggles and victories for survival.
- The Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs is a helpful diagram to illustrate the human needs, in relation to ones growth, fluctuations that occur through life events as well as human ability to survive and thrive.
Notes: These thoughts were originally hand-written on May 23rd, 2020.
My thoughts to share with love & kindness! 🙂