As I consider this unfolding national crisis, I find something else at play that’s quite remarkable: the spread of the coronavirus proves to me that as much as we might try to shut ourselves off from each other – whether by walls or border patrols or exclusive clubs or coded language or even the shield of hand sanitizer – our collective humanity is inescapable.
Witnessing how the virus can’t be contained even within a country with strict barbaric laws and a Great Wall, I began reflecting on what it means to say, “Humanity is one.” As an optimist, I am attracted to how our oneness is played out in beautiful ways, like the universal languages of love and laughter, or through art and access to education. The example of coronavirus, though, illustrates another, and equally valid side of our humanity, as we are forced to come together to devise solutions amidst our shared vulnerability.
“A time of crisis is not just a time of anxiety and worry. It gives a chance, an opportunity, to choose well or to choose badly.”
– Desmond Tutu
So I will close now with the recommendation that each of you stay home, stay safe, and stay well. I look forward to seeing each of you when this crisis has passed and our hope for a brighter tomorrow has arrived. Spring is already arriving as the picture here suggests.