It seems that these days our interactions are commanded by a strange invisible virus that threatens our very lives, and even though we are social beings-people who long to belong, when we meet someone our instinct to survive is more powerful than our desire to be social. Rightly so, because survival is a primary instinct that will override any other more categorized as “nice to have, but not essential.” I find myself fearful of being rude to people when they approach me, and all I do is back up as I talk to them! It is so confusing to greet someone these days because some people act like nothing is going on, and you are made to feel like a lunatic. Others do understand and follow the orders of distancing when you have to be around people, and they give you the sign of “is okay, I understand.” We are people of habit, if we are used to doing things one way, it is very hard to change overnight. Is is for this reason, that when we are asked to change how we interact with one another, is not happening as fast as we would want. We are remarkable people who react to disasters such as sickness, or economic downfall, based on what our experiences have been in the past. For example: if you haven’t experience or seeing a lot of sickness, you might be more daring in your behavior, or if you haven’t being deprived of essential things to live, you may take them for granted. One great example could be seeing in people who went through The Great Depression, long after the Depression was gone, they still went about their business being very cautious of what they did with their money.
In the same light, it is interesting to notice how other countries other than the US, react and deal with an epidemic. In third world countries, even though they lack resources and can’t even compare with the US, in money and resources, they handle the virus having more precautions and following the rules. I think this has happened because they know how bad things can get. They know a thing or two about disaster, economic instability, sickness, and have endured and passed down from generations a way of living that is more preventive than in the US. Is significant to see that the same ball has been thrown to all the people in the world, and some handle it better than others. In times of massive epidemics, it is revealed the character of governments, societies, and individuals-the very core of our survival instincts kicks in, and we all realize more than ever our humanity, frailness, and that nobody is in control except someone beyond us and this world. There is nothing to boast about, our work has been taken away, our social lives, studies, plans, and we are sent to our homes. All we have left is just “BEING,” and we are reduced to the simplicity of raw existence that forces us to see inside oneself: who we are, where are we going, what’s our purpose.