COVID-19 at a glance, some [anticipated] lessons

The outbreak of COVID-19 – and its power to spread as fast as it has and into a catastrophic pandemic ravaging the world; has, no doubt, shaken and subsequently quickly changed the world for worse, presently, and in the short-term.

But, hopefully, it has changed the world for better in [for] the future. The world, particularly those who rule it – the political and economic establishment – will have to revisit and seriously re-examine the existing world systems. The systems of governance, healthy and economic systems, and ask whether they are fit for purpose; whether they serve the world and humanity better. And whether indeed, the primary purpose of such systems is not to serve humanity better, than a few who administer and control them.

But, for better or worse, the COVID-19 crisis is more than an eye opener; it’s a profound world power shift. It has moved the world in ways unparalleled, and raised more questions about the world, and the essence of government and economic wealth and/or progress.

After we’ve beaten and overcome COVID-19 – and we shall, by all means, eventually – and get through the deep social, economic and financial crisis caused or will soon be caused by the pandemic, we must have a long moment of deep reflection on how to move on – the way forward – and what world we want.

But one clear lesson so far, even at the current stage of the crisis, is that a lot must change [be changed] to address the inadequacies and certainly socioeconomic inequalities exposed by the crisis, and [re]align with a lot that has been changed in the world by the crisis.

Our basic social systems of governance, health and economic systems and resource management must change. If they don’t, the world is doomed! They must be more inclusive, work to serve society more and better, than simply cater to and serve the needs of the powerful establishment.

The establishment – political and economic status-quo – itself must change, accept and facility these necessary changes in the world – society – for its own future survival. Because what this crisis is demonstrating – the one important lesson it’s teaching us all, is that we’re all facing the same risk from the same enemy that is the COVID-19 pandemic. Perhaps that risk is mitigated or made worse by our varying socioeconomic circumstances.

What’s undeniable, however – the common thread, is that the risk is the same to the poor, the rich and powerful.

But being optimistic as to expect the establishment – status-quo to change – to accept and facility change, that may well require change in their status – their opulent lifestyles, to downgrade to more modest ways and free up their monopoly on resources, allowing a more equitable access to resources – is perhaps too much to expect.

It may well, indeed, be naive and dangerous idealism but one that’s difficult not to entertain.

However, one thing is for sure, this crisis has changed the world forever. Inevitably – and we’ve no option – we must change a lot of things, the way we do things, the way our collective resources are managed, accessed and/or distributed.

But importantly, our basic social and economic systems of governance must change if we want a better post-COVID-19 world.