Working from home blog: Day 14
I would say that in general I’m a fairly positive person who rarely dwells on the negatives of a situation. That said I have, during the current crisis, tried to visualise what the world will be like when we emerge from the dark shadow of coronavirus.
It will certainly be a more sombre place as nations come to terms with the huge loss of life wrought upon their people. The other uncomfortable reality is that a significant number of people will lose their livelihoods, and many of those who don’t, will be worse off for quite some time.
The Manx Government will have spent a huge sum in supporting the Island through the crisis, but we can take some comfort from its strong financial reserves. They are there to support the economy in difficult times, and presumably that is what will happen in this instance. Then, in the coming months and years, the reserve funds will, if economic performance permits, be added to at every opportunity.
On a global level the Covid 19 pandemic has exposed the soft underbelly of capitalism and of society in general. As the song says, ‘money makes the world go round,’ but when wealth generation grinds to a halt the normal order of things is rapidly driven to a precipice.
Covid 19 has issued the world with a reminder that there are things the human race is not immune from. The incredible advances in medicine over recent decades have lulled us into a false sense of security. What this pandemic has taught us is that when we mess around with nature there are consequences.
This particular pandemic started in China and has been linked to the shocking activities in the country’s so called ‘wet markets’, where live animals and birds of many species are crammed into tiny cages to be sold live or slaughtered on the spot and sold as food. It’s suggested that a Pangolin (itself a protected species in Africa, now being farmed in parts of China) may have become infected by blood from bats in a neighbouring cage. After the last SARS (Severe actue respiratory syndrome) pandemic in 2002/3, the Chinese government clamped down on these disgusting, barbaric markets, but over the years they have re-emerged without it seems any interference from the authorities.
Before I’m accused of being anti-Chinese, may I balance that with a warning that the high-intensity farming in other countries also poses real dangers of animal-human cross contamination.
In the wake of this catastrophic Covid 19 pandemic the time has come for us all to take an honest look at how we produce and consume food. Humans will always eat meat, but the glaring lack of respect for, and ‘industrial’ consumption of, many of the species we share the planet with clearly has consequences.