ONLY a few weeks ago we were busily rushing around through life and concentrating on careers, money, planning the next holiday, admiring footballers, film stars and musicians, thinking about ourselves . . . but now it’s all changed.
Suddenly, the things that truly matter in life are at the forefront. Family, friends, loved ones; people who give their lives to help others.
Surely this wake-up call will lead us to stop taking for granted our health workers, shop assistants, binmen, farmers and charity volunteers and untold others in the community who are at the heart of keeping this planet moving, and hardly ever get praised for what they do for us all.
It’s time to re-think life. The way it has been for decades does not work for everyone. The system we have is divisive, unfair, selective and – basically – wrong. Now is the time to change and make this world a better place for everyone, and to get our priorities right.
We are not the only ones saying this. Millions, probably billions, of people around the world share this point of view.
It is a tragedy that is has taken a worldwide pandemic and the deaths of potentially many hundreds of thousands, possibly millions, of people to make us wake up and think about changing the way we live.