They say that even the darkest cloud has a silver lining! If that is true there has to be several positives to what has been happening on our Earth since the start of this year 2020. We have been "locked down" so to say. While of course there have been billions of pages written about the pain that has been caused to the human race and a few hundred lines on some sporadic benefits to nature; is there anything that humans have found positive about this?
I feel "Yes" In my interactions with certain people. It seems for a few people, this could be the phase that they realise the nature of their existence and the most important thing about it is the mortality aspect. It has never been so much in the face. And hence the procrastination to indeed "live" has faded. Generally when you would meet say one Mr Amitabh Khanna a"corporate hotshot" the conversation that you would have would be centred around what next big thing is happening in his career.
However that has changed a little bit now. There is a little more thought on - "okay once i reach the pinnacle of my career - and then one day I would hang up my boots and then focus on doing what i really love; whether it is playing a favourite sport continuously or seeing new places or meditating or social work or whatever else" - given the uncertainty for Mr Amitabh Khanna there is a strong urge now to prepone these things to whatever extent he can!! I feel that is a huge positive.
What that means for me is as humans some of us are getting closer to the "self" and that is "good news". Why I say that may sound a little philosophical but the way I look at it is if collectively as a human race we get closer and closer to the "self" we will be a much more happy race and when we will be happy ourselves we will spread more happiness around! Nature will automatically blossom and so will our relationships! Materialism will get its right place and not be the only thing ruling humanity.
Maybe I am dreaming a bit here or doing wishful thinking but I certainly feel a bit of awakening in this lockdown! And the result is that I have made a start "here" and "now". I have been wanting to write something for years but never did. It may be small. It may not appeal to most. But as far as I am concerned I am happy I made an effort to write this and I feel closer to my "self".. .............After all, isn't that a path to awakening!