For such a time as this 

Akangjungla

The entire world is reeling under the Coronavirus pandemic since the winter of 2019. Numerous researches and thoughts on the origin of the virus have not come to any conclusion nor has there been any scientific proof to the unlimited conspiracy theories around the different aspects of the virus. 

The first COVID-19 case, according to the South China Morning Post, dates back to November 17, 2019. It reports of a 55-year-old individual from Hubei province in China who may have been the first person to have contracted COVID-19, the disease caused by the new Coronavirus. 

In its latest update on Thursday morning, the Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood at 154,763,588 and 3,237,435, respectively.
The data is alarming. Unrecorded, many more are affected in one form or another.

Today, the world has realized that this pandemic can be fought only by working in solidarity and as a community. Factors like governments mishandling the crisis, poor health care system, irresponsible public behaviour, rumours and fake news and others have internationally led to many reformative steps. Yet, a greater part still needs to be done. 

However, a conversation has started around the factors contributing to the crisis. The point of disagreement and disappointment is leading to new dialogues, instilling a glimpse of hope that perhaps, a reflection of how humanity reached this point of crisis might be the defining moment to understand, love, respect and appreciate one another better. 

It is humanity calling on humanity for help. The events of infection, death, unemployment, poverty, stigma, and collapsing system etc are all realities of the present. Acknowledging the painful situations is necessary, although it is not the solution for the suffering. Having heard and knowing that the lives of people are in danger should lead to understanding the perilous situation and set the tone towards the direction of way out.

Based on experiences and understandings, the nature of responses from people may differ but there are multiple calls for responses from mankind – one that is of compassion and kindness. 

For such a time as this, precisely for people in the state of Nagaland, the majority claiming to be ‘believers’, should be seeking an intervention and act like ‘people as individuals or as a body to express humility, sorrow, repentance, seriousness in prayer’, with or without the church building and the routine worship services. 

The pandemic is not isolated. It is not only the work of few individual or authority, but a call for collective action from everyone and for everyone to have a part to play in different spheres of influence to find the way back to freedom of normal. 

Comments can be sent to akangjungla@gmail.com
 


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