Why we should not move on from this.
I did not have any pictures from that month other than this one which I took from the internet to complement my thoughts for this article because I was cooped up in my house so that I do not die an untimely death. However, these two words typed on a white background give you an indication as to what I’m about to say. You can feel the anguish, hear the screams for help, and feel your heart race just by glancing at these words that depict a time period. But what’s really intriguing here is how humans have mastered the ability to neglect and eventually forget. Yes, forgetting and moving on is vital because humans, at the end of the day, have a sense of self-preservation, and must forget and go on. The truth is that we will eventually forget, or have already forgotten our system’s inability to assist citizens throughout those days when it was most necessary. We are at a critical crossroads when we have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to rethink the way the system operates. There is no one way a system should function, but there are numerous possibilities. The system includes the relationship between the state and the citizens, the state’s policies, the power-sharing framework between different institutions, the separation of powers, and so on. To assure wellbeing, the system we build now should include people at its core, and everything should be integrated or interwoven with that core. We wonder why things like this happen around us; we need to understand that everything takes place inside a specific political system that is provided to us. It is this way because it is expected to be this way since that is what the political framework entails. The pandemic suddenly gave us clarity, and we could see and comprehend everything; everything made sense. These lessons should not go to waste, but rather serve as a reminder to us when we make our next decision, for history will come knocking again if we ignore it.