it's ironic that a little under a year ago, I wrote a blog post about the pandemic being over. it certainly wasn't!
once again, pandemic restrictions are easing up, we can finally do things we couldn't do for the last few months, like travelling, meeing friends, eating out. and all of that is nice.
but there's evidence that this isn't the end of the pandemic. there's already the numbers creeping up in parts of the UK, even though everyone with authority is currently maintaining it's not cause for concern.
there is a research paper I read yesterday about how the most popularly administered vaccine in the UK (and India) isn't very effective against the newest strain of COVID-19.
and of course, the situation in some parts of the world hasn't improved as much as it's improved in the parts we've been paying attention to.
on one hand it makes me happy that most of the world has learned to live with the pandemic.
on the other hand, it makes me sad that the divide between those who have and those who haven't has widened.
i feel that more than ever, it's time the "haves" step-up and focus on helping the "have-nots" level up. not just for altruistic reasons, but because the world really needs it. the pandemic happened for the same reason, and it has played out exactly the way it has, for the same selfish reasons.
the sooner we realize selifhs behaviour only works in the short-tem, the sooner we can build a better world for everyone (including ourselves).