One of the major themes dominating our lives recently has been the theme of death.
We have all been reminded of the fragility of life and of our own mortality.
I’d like to believe that despite the profound suffering and pain we have all been confronted with, we will be able to see this global pandemic, this common challenge, as a golden opportunity for humanity.
It is tempting to wish to go back to “normality”.
But it is worth taking the time to explore our options with honesty.
We all know that the so called “normality” was far from being great. Our world was not that healthy. We were not that happy.
Our planet is suffocating. Our societies are riddled with division, injustice, and inequality.
We are not treating nature, animals or even our own brothers and sisters around the world with utmost love and generosity.
Despite all the talk about well-being and mindfulness, our world seems dominated by negativity.
And, when it comes to accepting our place in the universe, there is still a lot of fear and insecurity.
So why might the current challenge be our best opportunity?
Because it forces us to be honest – individually, but, most importantly, as humanity.
It is hard to confront our deepest fears on our own.
It is often too painful to acknowledge our weaknesses, short comings, and frailty.
We now have an opportunity to do it together – as a community.
The pandemic has affected all of us.
It has brought to light the failings of our society and our own vulnerability.
It has also shown us that we are all in this together.
It has reminded us of the power of solidarity.
Of the strength we find in unity.
Without exception we have all been directly confronted with the reality of death.
And reminded of its implacability.
We have all been forced to ask deeper questions about the meaning of life, about who we want to be, about gratitude, contribution and service, about what it means to be happy.
It is time we looked for real answers.
It is time we supported each other in finding the courage to confront reality.
We have an opportunity to start an honest conversation about who we are, about our place in the universe – and, I would suggest, about our legacy in Eternity.