Whether you are housebound or believe all of the concern over COVID-19 is a bunch of hooey, one thing seems undeniable: Our world-wide society is changing and will never be the same.
The measures being taken are staggering. Entire communities are closing down. Fear and recrimination are building walls. People are hording and hiding like some sort of apocalypse is happening.
Perhaps it is. Is Pestilence riding?
I’ve heard it asked “How can God let these horrible things happen?” “If there really is a God, how can he be loving when all this suffering is going on?”
It’s in our human nature to want to lay blame. Someone or something has to be responsible for the things that happen. Everything can’t possibly be random. Can it? I don’t honestly know. No one honestly knows, not really, not with 100% absolute certainty. There is as much a chance that the universe is organized chaos as there is the possibility that it is under some form of intelligent control.
It doesn’t exactly matter. Whether the Universe lives and breaths arbitrarily or with Purpose, we can utilize what happens for either Good or Bad. Positively or negatively. We can turn trials and challenges into opportunities for change or we can allow them to make us pessimistic and angry. We can choose to extend kindness or we can turn our backs and grumble.
Why do plagues kill thousands? Why do dictators rise up and subjugate the weak? Why do children starve? Why are the innocent exploited and brutalized? Is it because God is unloving and cruel?
Or is it an opportunity for us? A chance to choose love instead of fear? A possibility for us to grow and learn to be kinder, more generous, less self-serving?
Is the Universe shaking us to try to waken us ….
…..from our apathy?