Kathmandu; When everyone talking about how much loss this COVID pandemic is bringing to all over the world, it is also interesting to see another part of it; the Coronavirus has brought to human life and society when it has killed many lives from China to Europe and spreading rapidly in American continents.
While I am writing this article 31st March mid-night at Banasthali, Kathmandu, almost 40 thousand human deaths have been declared across the world and 8 lakh + have become infected. The number is rapidly growing, and it is very hard to predict in which number it stands last to say bye-bye to this Corona.
As my profession CA/CFO, many of you may be expecting that I am going to assess the quantum of damage from Coronavirus across the globe, or I am going to discuss about expected economic recession or counting the hit on GDP for the most impactful countries. But just contrary to the trend, I am concerned to find another side of this virus: a story that has transformed human life and society and leads us to realize that there are still many things for us to learn and to know about, despite the loss of many innocent lives of this decade.
A few things that have transfigured in my mind while looking at the opposite side of this unprecedented fighting in the modern history of mankind. I don’t know who will be the last martyr or witness of this warfare; me, you or someone else? But number we are counting is very high, and the direction it is taking to us is alarming. So let’s focus on some facts that Coronavirus has brought some fundamental changes in the landscape of mankind and it has provided an important lesson to this generation. I want to highlight some in the following points:
· Mankind is not the most powerful (This is the test of mankind sovereign)
From my school days to higher study, I was always taught (you must have been also) that humankind is one of the most powerful sovereigns that ever exist in this universe and that humankind has been ruling this globe ever since it took birth. Moreover, I was taught that Amoeba/sponges (250-micron size = 0.25 mm) is the origin of living things and it started the creation of many living animals, including humankind. Here you see, no matter how many chains of life converted or transformed from amoeba to human life. Still, strength lies with that tiny species like Coronavirus (0.06-micron size) which has the power to confine people all over the world to their homes. So the shape of living things changed over the period, but power still remains with them.
It is now testified that the human-body can kill other species/animals by its physics, but not by its biological strength. Evidently therefore, this power lies somewhere else, not with this mankind. If such a virus comes by air (not only by airplane), or if it has the capability to transmit by air, then no mankind lives and rule this world. My conclusion is therefore that one day mankind will collapse and a new sovereign will emerge to rule this globe.
· Earth living its life as it born
I had never imagined that a replica of the Nepal band would be reflected all over the world and that one day a bigger version of Nepal band would emerge in the name of the ‘lock-down’. I never imagined that the world would become so silent and the earth so controlled by something other than mankind. But now it has happened and all of humanity, its built-up cities and armory of missiles and weapons, are useless to fight against this pandemic. In many ways, the World is now operating like it was just born. This is an unprecedented scenario in the history of mankind.
Perhaps, this is the expression of Mother Nature, under immense pressure on climate and natural resources; it’s demanded the earth to be re-installed to its original version.
· Optimum Theory of Population – Population control by events
I had studied several years back – the statement of Malthus. He said the point of crisis starts when the population exceeds the resources available in this world and he believed that balance between population growth and food supply can be established through preventive and positive checks. He propounded this theory at 1801 AD, during which the World’s population was only 1 b. It now exceeds 7.8 b. This notion seemed like fiction for two centuries: no population collapse has taken place by force of nature, except few calamities, such as tsunamis and earthquakes.
So, 3rd decade of this century could witness the Malthusian theory becomes real and any of us might be the statistic of this theory as earth would start to check the level population in the form of this pandemic.
· We eat them and they start eating us – Cyclical effects
When human habitats force break the ecosystem of nature by expanding their eating pattern from normal animals to very unnatural species and insects, the earth responds, fighting back to prevent their system. As I already explained above, power still lies with them.
· Virtual Office – Work from Home
Another interesting part of this Coronavirus pandemic brings into is the virtual office. I thought that the concept of working home will start only after decade of 2030 & 40, following the climax of technological advancement. But Corona virus has set the pattern now in start of 2nd decade of this century.
From now on, many companies will continue this approach of work from home: saving space, reducing rent, and cutting the cost of fuel & transportation. This is a good idea of operation for many businesses, and a cost-effective solution for the upcoming generation. This virus sets a new paradigm for the work-system in the modern history of mankind.
At last, while in the midst of chaos; still we can find good out of bad, positive out of negative, plus out of minus, and silver-line out of the black cloud. In many troubles & sorrows, we are embracing the rule of lockdown and we are at home & connected with family; something that has long been missed for this generation, not only in Nepal, perhaps historical chance for eastern & western societies of this world.
So stay alert, stay safe, Thank you!!!!
Writer, is Chief Financial Officer at Machhapuchchhre Bank Limited.