Landisa: What I am learning from the coronavirus

2020-03-23 22:51
James de Villiers

James de Villiers

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My most precious possession when I was six, in small-town Ceres, was a picture book full of Bible stories - a gift from my grandparents. 

Every night before I fell asleep, diligently, I would read it’s stories, imagining how great it must have been to be alive back then. 

How great it must have been to be an Egyptian prince alongside Joseph, or to rule Israel with King Herod from the mountain tops of Masada? 

But no story captured my imagination more than the story of the Babylonians who built a tower so tall that it threaten to reach into the heaven - The Tower Of Babylon -  that God decided to sow confusion to slow them down. 

For the Babylonian people were so self-assured, believing that they do not need anyone or anything, that they could conquer whatever natural element was placed in their way. 

And the past few weeks, as people around the world were forced to isolate in their homes to slow down the spread of a deadly virus, I wondered if there isn’t perhaps a lesson to be learnt? 

I do not for one second believe that God is punishing humanity with this virus, but perhaps Covid-19 serves as a wake-up call that we, in fact, remain human?

For we as a species have often grown too proud, believing that our advances have made us invincible: able to reach for the heaven; play God on earth by destroying this planet.  

We have lost our respect for that which was before us. 

Perhaps the coronavirus will remind us of our humanity yet again? Remind us to be thankful for that which was given to us, and treat it with the respect and care it deserves? 

Because, as we’ve seen in the past few weeks, we are above all not in control. No matter how many bridges we build, or mountains we move, we ultimately remain defenceless to the storm.

- James is the curator of Landisa, a Business Insider South Africa journalist, and lives in Johannesburg. 

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