Will the onging Coronavirus Crisis Bring Out the Best or the Worst in Us?
A Brief Commentary by Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper
Posted March 16th, 2020 on Niagara At Large
Every once in a while you might find someone else, or perhaps even yourself, observing other humans engaging in ugly or ill-tempered behaviour, then respond by saying; “Look at that. They are behaving like animals.”
And to that, I find myself saying; “How unfair is that? What an insult to animals.”
Now if you think I am being unfair to humans, I ask you to consider reviewing the following two videos.
The first is of a horse in a stall full of fresh hay, sharing some of the hay with a horse in a stall next door.
Click on the screen below to watch this endearing act of sharing between two sentient beings we are fortunate enough to share this planet with-
Now watch this recently posted video of humans, in the wake of the global coronavirus pandemic, fighting over toilet paper. Fair warning. This video contains some bad language –
In a recent article in VICE magazine, titled ‘Coronavirus is the Perfect Disaster for Disaster Capitalism, Canadian journalist and best-selling book author Naomi Klein is quoted saying; “If you’re in a system you know isn’t taking care of people and isn’t distributing resources in an equitable way, then the hoarding part of you is going to be lit up.”
“So be aware of that and think about how, instead of hoarding and thinking about how you can take care of yourself and your family, you can pivot to sharing with your neighbours and checking in on the people who are most vulnerable.”
With that in mind, perhaps we can all take some inspiration during these perilous times from that horse, and share some of our hay with others.
Wishing you well, Doug Draper
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