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100 Seconds Until Midnight........... "What is more Dangerous than Corona?"
100 Seconds till Midnight…
1947 after the devastating effects of WW2 “doomsday clock”
was set to predict the likelihood of manmade global destruction. The clock was
set at 7 minutes before midnight with midnight as a metaphor of global
destruction. On 23 Jan clock was set to 100 seconds till midnight.
virus is not the first of its kind and not evens the most deadly virus in the
history, with the death rate of mere 4- 5%.
If it’s not that much dangerous then what is it that the world afraid
of? Why is the clock set to 100 seconds till midnight? Should we be worried
about it? If yes then why?
Yesterday I was reading a book named “Prisoners of
Geography” in which the writer demonstrated an interesting fact that India and
china one of the largest countries in the world have never been to war with
each other except for once since from the known history according to him the
reason is the highest mountain range, Himalaya, in the world among them which
has stopped them form waging a war against each other. But there is seemingly
one enemy which has been able to get pass through those mountains and affect
both countries equally i.e. COVID 19. The virus knows no boundaries. This microorganism
has done something which human beings have never been able to do and it is to affect
the whole world at the same time. That’s what the world is afraid of. That is
what making everyone worried about. Let me rephrase my point:
Our enemy knows no boundaries……
That’s why doomsday clock has been set to 100 seconds.
This is not the first time we have faced this enemy and
certainly this is not going to be the last one. Previously these outbreaks were
once in a century event. But now the case is a bit different for my generation.
It’s been only two decades since the dawn of 21st century and it’s
the third outbreak world is facing. With this frequency we can expect one
outbreak every decade. And this is going to get worse with each passing year.
I can’t help the feeling that it’s
just a dress rehearsal for the 21st century.
So one thing is confirmed from this that something stronger
and more intelligent then human has brought into action by humans and only
thing stronger than us is Nature.
Since from the beginning human are exploiting the resources
provided to them by nature but the rate of these exploitation has increased
with an unprecedented rate since from the last century. Population of earth is
growing at an exceptionally faster rate. With this rate of destruction of
nature scientists have predicted the end of world in 2050.
It may be the first
lockdown but it certainly is not the last one. We all are expecting this to end
in 20-30 days and after that everything will be normal. So let me burst this
bubble for you nothing is going to be normal again. Nothing can’t be normal
again. Nothing should be normal again. That was our normal behavior which was
the cause of this outbreak in the first place. We have to change our way of
living, we have to change our priorities to stop these kind of events from
happening again or at least decrease there frequency. Our reaction to this out break is going to
decide the future of my generation and the generations next to us. My father got 14 minutes on
doomsday clock; I am getting 100 seconds I don’t know how much time Ibrahim, my
nephew, is going to get. But all is not lost yet.
A few days of
lockdown have decreased the pollution level a lot. Animals are getting out of
there habitats rare footages of animas are being captured. This is all just a
reminder to us that we are not living in this world alone and nature can be
revived again. We have done some exceptional job in controlling this virus. All
we need to do is to prolong this behavior.
The first priority which we have right now is to stop this
virus which we will do soon. But for long term planning our priority should be
to stop these kinds of events from happening in the first place. We can only
survive, in short term, if we stay alone. Earth can only survive, in long term,
if we work together. The problem which we are facing now is not that our system
failed to fight and stop this virus. The problem is we don’t have a system at
all. We have never prepared ourselves to fight these kind of epidemics. World
needs system, institutions, information and education to fight this.
We need to take
these viruses seriously and take some drastic steps to prevent global warming
and environment pollution. We can react to this in a very healthy way like we
are doing now. We need columns blogs information about these outbreaks in every
newspaper every day. We need to educate our generation about this from every
possible source of information out there. Our individual actions matter a lot. Our
enemy doesn’t have boundaries; it does not discriminate among rich and poor. It
does not care for anyone. This is the enemy which no other generation has ever
faced before. So we can’t look at the past for answers. We need to take
desperate measures to protect ourselves and this earth. Every person has to
play part in this. So for the starters
the least which we can do is to change our own individual behavior and think
before taking any action about the impact of it on our environment. And believe
me this will make a lot of difference. Let’s rewind that clock and give our
next generation more than 100 seconds on that clock. The only question which
Are we willing to fight this unseen enemy