Memento morí [remember that you will die, Latin phrase] “Thank you for complying with the treatment, we discharge you for your notable improvement, take care of yourself young, these are difficult times for recovered patients”.
Those were the last words of the doctor who discharged me after fighting tuberculosis for 10 months and 3 days. A disease underestimated by many, but with a higher lethality than COVID-19.
Although the lethality of this virus is not distressing for everyone (I see the lightness with which the young people of my generation deal with the matter); what will happen after confinement is worrying. Thinking about that lack of collective empathy about what we are facing made me imagine a situation that has probably already occurred:
You are young, with a strong immune system, you leave home, you resume certain activities. At some point of that return to normality, you trust yourself (sometimes you protect yourself and others, no) and a brief error changes everything, the virus comes to you, but you don’t notice it for a while, you continue with your routine. During that “absence of danger,” you infect a person from the vulnerable group. That’s it, it happened, you don’t know, neither does she. They will never see each other again or on the most dramatic stage perhaps yes (neighbors, family, friends).
While you recover normally, the other person has more complications, there is no improvement. He enters the ICU, he is suffering, he cannot; days later, he passes away. You never found out, but you’ve been part of someone’s death.
With this hypothetical situation, it is a call (even to myself) to become aware, to reinforce our empathy and sensitivity towards others.
We have the ability to “kill” a human being without directly touching him. It is a reality and we must accept it, live with that idea, but not let it paralyze us. Look at it head-on, value what we have and the people who share by our side.
“Everything will be different.” “Nothing will ever be the same.” Yes, it had to happen, I don’t know if today, tomorrow, or in a year, but it had to happen at some point. It is time to transform that adversity into an opportunity for greater collective consciousness.
Today, altogether we are witnessing the evolution of a society that clings to small moments, that does not want to give in to pessimism and that probably transcends as the one that lost a lot, but that never stopped fighting.