One question that has been going around lately in every city and every household is will we survive the coronavirus epidemic? Are we going to be around for our next birthday the children may ask or will I be around to see my kids graduate some adults are wondering.
According to USA Today, Buckingham Palace is remaining silent regarding whether or not Queen Elizabeth II or her husband Prince Phillip have been tested for the coronavirus. The 93 year old monarch had contact with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on March 11, and her son Prince Charles on the 12th. Both men tested positive for Covid-19 and have self quarantined. The Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla Parker Bowles was tested and it came back negative. Royal watchers are concerned about the Queen and her 98 year old husband because their advanced years put them at risk for serious health issues should they have the dreaded disease, but thus far there has been no news.
The structures that we’ve so heavily relied on to keep everything afloat is no longer suffice and Spirit has asked us all to use this time to reflect on how those structures have elicited behaviors of egoism.
Sorry, it's true. We're all a little racist. Racism isn't always the violent, vocal trash we see in the news. It can be low-key and within our own minds. It's normal to have our best interests in mind, but think about people who don't even have a voice. It's easy for us to say that life is pretty good when we're not getting attacked by police officers every day, supervised by employees when we're walking around in stores, or stopped from enjoying an afternoon walk. We often don't think about those people who need our thoughts the most.
Let me paint you a little picture. It’s December 31st and people all over the world are making their new year’s resolutions. Some people promised themselves a vacation, some wanted to lose weight, and others just wanted to spend more time together. So they set the wheels in motion. Wheels that unbeknown to them would soon come to a screeching halt. Because as these people were making their plans, others had already put theirs into action. They had booked that vacation they promised themselves and were travelling the world.
A few months ago the United States had a bustling economy with a record setting stock market. Today, all the gains from the last three years are gone, and most of the nation is practicing social distancing. Schools, restaurants, and non-essential businesses have closed their doors and we face a global recession.
Overseas Indians, officially known as Non-resident Indians (NRI/NRIs) or Persons of Indian Origin (PIO/PIOs), are people of Indian birth, descent or origin who live outside the Republic of India. According to a Ministry of External Affairs report, there are 31 million NRIs and PIOs residing outside India as of December 2018.According to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs based on migrants overseas with India as the country of citizenship at birth, in 2019 Indians comprised world's largest migrant diaspora populations in the world with over 17.5 million (6.4% of global migrants or 0.4% of India's population) Indians out of total 272 million migrants worldwide, this excludes the second or more generation PIO living in other nations.
As intrastate conflicts throughout the world continue to outbreak and fester, a huge humanitarian crisis has emerged on a global scale. In 2018, nearly 69 million people in the world have been forcibly displaced from war, violence or persecution. Of this figure, 40 million people are internally displaced, 25.4 million are refugees and 3.1 million are asylum-seekers.
Little has changed since the plague when it comes to containment of a virus or epidemic. Test, quarantine, burn, public hysteria that correlates to violence and less than human acts and burn it, burn everything. The world has not seen an epidemic so widely scattered with such a high population effected for quite some time. It is easy to instill fear and with social media, information is fed in waves crashing in both the factual and fiction shores. So much information, that it took me an entire day to wade through just a glimpse of what is out there in order to form some kind of opinion. The information highway allow so much traffic, that it is easy to take a wrong turn and get lost.
I yearn to see a world enshrined in equality and peace for all. The energy builds inside me just with the dreams and hopes of what the world could one day be, of what it should be now. My heart breaks for those who may never see it become reality, but still I fight and I rejoice for those who will reap the benefits of our works now, and work we must for this cannot be or reality and we cannot allow the world to continue on this treacherous path to destruction.