COMMENT: By Bryan Bruce
The covid 19 coronavirus is so small it’s estimated round 500 million of them might match onto a pin head. But, over the past 11 months – sure, lower than a yr – this tiny factor has introduced the world financial system to its knees and brought on an unlimited quantity of human distress.
Dreadful as this pandemic has been, nonetheless, it has taught us some priceless life classes.
Now we have allowed an excessive amount of of our financial system to be decided by worldwide cash and forgotten we as soon as lent and borrowed from one another inside our nation to nice impact
That isn’t to say that every one international funding is dangerous, however the operative phrase is “funding”.
It’s onerous to see, for instance, how permitting a Chinese language firm to mine recent water just about free of charge and put it in plastic bottles to pollute the planet is “funding”. It’s exploitation.
Now we have allowed ourselves to develop into victims of mass consumption and forgotten that we are able to stay with far much less stuff in our lives. We as soon as made lots of the issues we want – from garments and footwear to railway engines.
Sure there was much less selection and we can not make every thing our excessive tech society now requires, however we have been extra self-reliant and fewer dependent.
The pandemic has additionally pressured many people to re-evaluate our lives. Do I really want to work from an workplace on the town or can I work successfully from residence?
Do I need to stay an easier life? What issues most to me? … are only a few of the questions with which persons are grappling.
In different components of the planet covid is multiplying at breakneck pace. If we need to hold Aotearoa/New Zealand at degree, 1 we have to sustain our vigilance on the border, utilizing the contact tracing procedures and sustain social distancing at any time when potential.
As a result of maybe a very powerful lesson covid has taught us is how dependent we’re on others for our personal well-being and that you could’t have any form of life-style – if you happen to don’t have a life.
Bryan Bruce is an unbiased filmmaker and journalist. The Pacific Media Centre is publishing a sequence of occasional commentaries by him with permission.