Throughout history as humans spread around the world infectious diseases have been a constant companion. The visual capitalist link below shows some of history’s most deadly pandemics from the Antonine Plague to COVID-19.
It’s an excellent graph of bad things.
There are spiritual lessons behind everything. Christine Paintner in Galway, Ireland draws one for us during this current pandemic.
“Capitalism is hard at work, even during the pandemic, trying to convince us that being productive is still the best way to move through life, even when life is coming apart at the seams. The truth is busyness means we deny what we are really feeling and experiencing. Maybe one small grace of this time is that we recognize how much we have been caught up in the violence of overdoing and can finally make space for the grief and anything else we have suppressed and avoided. Be extraordinarily gentle with yourself. Allowing the true experience of these days through (rather than further exhausting and traumatizing yourself) is far richer and more powerful than trying to achieve any life goals.”