There are times where inaction becomes more significant than action. This is a time like that. The less you do, the better – especially in terms of travel and social interactions. India has gone through bouts of malaria, and more recently dengue and chikungunya. For all of these infectious diseases, the carriers are mosquitoes. So we always took measures to exterminate mosquitoes. But in the current pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus, we are the carriers. So we must lie low.
We are making a strategy of preparation and prevention, not just for India but for all the nations that share a border with us. There is an enormous cost to this, but right now, the focus is on staying alive. To stay alive, you just have to stay home and take all necessary precautions as advised by medical experts and others until such time as it is necessary to do so.
The adversaries that we are facing are invisible. That is what makes them so dangerous. Because we are the carriers, if it is going from one person to another, we need to understand that your friendships, your closeness to people, all this you must miss for some time.
Love should be nurtured in your heart; it need not be expressed physically, for some time. Ensure that neither you nor anyone around you falls victim to the virus. If the virus comes to you, it must stop with you. You must live with this commitment until this is over. If you are unwell, stay away from others. This is not discrimination. Those who are sensible will survive these situations. Those who are senseless will be ‘brave’ and dead.
At the same time, there is no need to panic about it. There is a difference between being precautious and panicky – panicky means you will do all the wrong things; precautious means you do the right things. The simplest thing you can do is to stay away from everyone.
We cannot decide what life will throw at us, but what we make out of it is 100 per cent ours. Right now, for some reason, nature has thrown a deadly virus at us. Let us make the best out of it. It will not last forever. In the meantime, because it is an invisible enemy, we just bow our heads and wait for some time. Let it pass.When life around you is in crisis, then your intelligence, your physical health, your sense of balance, your wisdom, everything is of utmost value. When we face a challenge like this one, this is the time to turn inward. This is the time to sit back, look at our lives, reflect, strategize the trajectory of what we want our life to be, and above all, realize the fragile nature of our existence.
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