Covid-19, quite a heavy word to begin with considering all of last year. It caused a lot of harm, negativity and even grief but at the end of the day it taught us all to fight. Now, many might say that that’s like using a magnifying glass to find the microscopic good that lies hidden in a boatload of evil but I guess that we can all agree that if that microscopic good leaves us with enough hope and enough strength to fight against all adversities, a magnifying glass is but a small price to pay. Afterall, Peter Pan did teach us that all you need is hope and trust and a little bit of pixie dust.
Out of all the aspects of growth that have been seen in the last year, the one this article will be focusing on is that of human interaction over materialistic inclination. While this is not the kind of growth that can be shown through statistics, graphs, percentages or numbers, it definitely can be seen in the growing number of people seated around the dining table that has remained in the same place for the last three quarters of a year.
Initially the pandemic seemed near to inclined on cutting us off from all sorts of human interaction but only when we were left quarantined in our houses with all the devices from mobile phones to desktops at hand and yet feeling trapped did we realise the importance human interaction holds in our lives. The fact that most of us were willing the pandemic away so that we could meet our friends again reiterates the importance of human interaction and materialistic inclination has reversed. If we see the before and after scenario of the covid crisis. Earlier human interaction was taken for granted and the gratitude one expressed to all the people that affected one’s life was minimal. Machines were literally replacing humans in all aspects but the crisis made all of us conscious of how at the end of the day human interaction is an irreplaceable necessity.
Personally, I did learn this throughout the course of 2020. I realised that while earlier I hadn’t even considered it relevant, not being able to meet my friends, teachers and people in general was what made me rue the pandemic most. It made me conscious of how even a stranger I do not end up particularly speaking to on a normal day holds enough significance in my life. I became closer to my parents, my sister and my friends.
It’s albeit extremely sad that it took a global pandemic to teach us such an elementary concept but then late is a hundred percent better than never.
-Sanvie Singhal 12-A