This new impetus for humanity to combat this situation has also made us think of the most vulnerable – animals, people living on the street, people who must go out every day to get their food and food for their families. All those people are in vulnerable situations, but especially the elderly, who need the accompaniment and protection of the whole society more than ever, since they are a part of society in a high degree of suffering.
In the case of my family, my grandmother is an older person and her life has radically changed her. Her mood has declined through the months due to being locked up and so much suffering and death that this pandemic has brought, and she cries frequently.
The isolation that my country and that the whole world is experiencing has also offered an existential parenthesis to ask the questions that have been pending for a long time and that confront us with new realities. Only in moments of adversity does true greatness appear. And resilience will give us the spirit and the strength to overcome this crisis as well.
I also think that thanks to this pandemic, empathy, that noble gesture of putting yourself in someone else’s shoes, emerges as one of the great lessons and hopefully, it will last in each person, from the small acts of solidarity with ourselves and towards others.
If anything has served to mitigate the feeling of fear and helplessness, it is the power of solidarity. From the frenetic and alienating rhythm demanded by the competitiveness of the globalized world, we see in real-time the most admirable manifestations of the human condition. Yesterday’s individualism is today the best ally of the pandemic.