Navneet Bali, Director, Northern Region Narayana Health
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair…”So said Charles Dickens in his Classic – The tale of two cities.
We are passing through a watershed moment in history, a moment which will be remembered for generations to come, which will be read in text books, debated and pondered upon across the globe. We are passing through times when – everyone is an expert and everyone is so naive, everyone is so brave and everyone is a coward, everyone is so knowledgeable and everyone is so ignorant, everyone is fearless and everyone is so fearful, everyone is so connected and everyone is so distant. We don’t know whether a world full of smoke, noise, pollution, rush was better or the one that we see now- clear skies, quietness crisp air. We don’t know whether we are longing to go back to the previous one.
There are no relevant judgments, no predictions, no time limits and no way forwards. We are learning about ourselves, our society, about our health, our relations, about our wealth and our fears. Or are we? How humanity goes from here is anybody’s guess and for all of us who will live on, it would be an interesting experience. One thing is pretty certain – stories of nuclear Apocalypse, of some other sentinel event of gargantuan proportions, of a meteorite colliding our planet etc etc seems so laughable right now. We have been humbled by the lowest form of existence which to many of us is not even a living being.
Hope is our eternal weapon and our eternal fall back Guy. And that hope today is coming from healthcare workers across the globe – who are tirelessly involved in this battle with an invisible enemy and its them whom we will thank one day. I feel we will also become aware that when nature gets angry – there is not much humans can do but be humbled by the experience and do a drastic course correction lest we are humbled again in a much more drastic and dangerous way.